In this week's article, I want to talk about one of the biggest reasons that people are having a harder time succeeding today than they have in the past. Despite the fact that there are more opportunities, pathways, and assistance available today than at any other time in history, people have a difficult time planning for what they want in life and having the patience to see those plans come to fruition.
Funny thing is that it is the same society that makes these opportunities available that is stopping you from making the most of your life. We now live in an instant world.
Want to hear your favorite song? It's right there on your phone. Bam, play it.
Want to talk to your Honey? No need to wait till you get home to call and hope that they're home too. You can both be at separate locations and talk.
Need a sandwich at 2 am? There is an all-night grocery and restaurant right down the road.
Did you miss an episode of your favorite show? No need to wait for reruns, just jump online and there it is.
Do you realize it was 1963 before the first all-night stores opened in the United States and then it wasn't until the early 90's before they were really common? Before that, you had to plan what you needed to buy and make sure you didn't forget anything. If you did forget, tough luck, the stores wouldn't be open again until tomorrow.
That is the crux of what I'm talking about. We have lost the ability to plan and then to endure waiting to have the things we want.
We want everything now. That is not how success works. You can't just download success. You can't just order "talent and skills" online. You have got to plan a path to the things you want out of life and then endure the challenges and time that it takes to achieve them. It may not be fun, and it will take some struggle, but it has never been simpler than it is right now.
The upside to our instant world is there is more knowledge available to the everyday person than ever before. It is also easier to learn a new skill than ever before.
But, it is up to you to have what old folks used to call the "gumption" to develop your plan, stick to it, follow your path and overcome the challenges that lie along it. It may not be quick or easy but that is how success is found.
My challenge for you this week:
Test your gumption to plan for your future success!
As we close 2017, take the time to write down two things that you feel as though you didn't stay connected to achieving this year.
Yell aloud, "I forgive myself." Notice, I didn't ask for excuses or alibis!!
Now, let's get an early jump on our future by starting this week! No, I won't accept that you desire to start on January 1, 2018.
Write down two goals that will not be instantly achievable.
For each goal, write down the monthly measureable progress you will commit to achieving. (For example, if weight loss is your goal, commit to doing everything necessary to lose 5 pounds a month. If you want to save money, set a dollar amount for each month, such as $50, $100, $500, $1,000.)
For each week that you get off track, write down the excuses you give for getting sidetracked.
Get back on track with a doubling of your effort, called massive action, and never allow for the same excuses.
Get moving with your plan and endure the sustainable action!