Successful People Start Before They Feel Ready

While it may seem like many successful people are family members of Superman, I can assure you they are not. They do however, have one way of thinking that makes them seem superhuman which is: they start before they feel ready.

In other words, when they want to accomplish a goal in life, they take action in place of anything – and mostly everything – else.

They don’t waste time worrying about what could possibly happen. They don’t grab for more information. Instead, they take action and use their experience to propel them forward. And this is what usually gets them further, faster.

Sure, it sounds much easier said than done. And it is.

It takes practice, patience and persistence to tell the little voice inside your hear to quiet down, while also telling fear, anxiety and worry to ‘get lost’ along the way. But it’s more than worth it and in many cases, your success will depend on it.

The long-winded point is that you may never feel 100 percent ready. You can put things off for tomorrow all you want to but in many cases, tomorrow will never come. You have to start before you feel ready.

That means focusing on the end goal instead of the journey it takes to get there. When you do this and constantly remind yourself of the reward that awaits, it gets easier. This takes your focus of the discomfort of the moment and puts it on what you really want. Stop focusing on what you don’t want [to do] and instead, what you do want in life. Where focus goes, energy flows.

My Related Experience

I spent years thinking about building a business online and hardly ever doing anything to make it happen.

In that time, I saw many, many, many (did I mention MANY) other people in the online space doing what I wanted to do, but always watched from the sidelines because I never tried hard enough to push past my limiting beliefs and negative self-image. This led to more broken dreams, anger and frustration than you could imagine.

Fast forward almost 5 years and I finally snapped out of it. What changed – aside from a lot of self-improvemment and personal growth – was my will to finally focus on the end-game instead of how uncomfortable I was getting there.

From there, my process became about replacing my old habits with new ones, which was done by starting before I felt ready. Many days I was tired, didn’t feel like myself or just plain didn’t feel like working towards my goals. But I got started each day in in the process, and saw significantly greater results just from getting started – before I felt ready.

As I stated earlier on, your ‘tomorrow’ may never come. If you don’t start at some point, will you ever start at all?

 

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Perfectionism: The Pain That Prolongs Progress

To put it bluntly, perfectionism is a pain in the ass that puts a strain on progress.

When you’re trying to make things happen in life but can’t seem to move forward because you’re trying to do things a certain way, the results can leave you frustrated, disappointed and even ready to give up altogether.

So how do you treat this pain that prevents you from ever reaching what you’re stretching for?

Well, allow me to make some suggestions that worked well for me. I used to let perfectionism take control when trying to reach any goal I was working on and it always kept me stuck. Then I came across two sets of words that I decided to make my mantra each time I felt the perfectionism creeping in:

1.) Done is better than perfect.

2.) Seek progress, not perfectionism.

What a change in perception.

Of course it was difficult at first, but at some point I had to realize that I could either continue to be stuck in the strong grip I allowed perfection to have on me, or move cement these mantras into my brain until I started to get stuff done. And whadya know? It worked.

Blog posts became finished the same day I started them, and I was able to start promoting myself and my business without feeling as though I had to make each piece of material I created perfect.

It’s unreasonable to expect yourself to give your 100 percent best to every single thing you work on because you only have a limited amount of energy in the first place. Trying to make things absolutely perfect does nothing but make you more overwhelmed, frustrated and even confused, which only wastes more energy and reduces the likelihood of completing what you’re working on.

So the next time you find yourself slowing down on a task due to perfectionism, switch your focus to task completion instead of how cool you could make it.

Remember, done is better than perfect.

 

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Ramble #1: Building Your Own Dreams Vs. Someone Else’s

So far, Recent Rambles has been a site about business, marketing and success. I study these things on a daily basis, so I’ve got a large list of topics to cover on those subjects over time. In the meantime though, I haven’t been able to resist rambling a bit on these subjects – but why?

In short, I’m passionate.

I live and breathe this stuff because it helps me build my business, not to mention expand my mindset to new levels. If you haven’t heard, knowledge is the key to getting far in life. And why hoard all of the knowledge I frequently absorb when I can share it on blogs like this one?

Anyways, if I can build my own dream and work for myself, anyone can – and it makes me frustrated that people were never taught that they could truly do this. Certainly not within the U.S educational system anyways…

We’re taught to go to school, graduate, go to college and get a degree, and then just like that we can have the job of our choice. In reality, that’s not how things are working out these days.

The even bigger issue is that in having a job – no matter what kind of job it is – time is being spent building other people’s dreams instead of our own, and then told what they are worth while doing so. Job security is non-existent, and average job positions can easily be replaced.

Folks, this is not a system set-up for the average person to have success.

If you want true freedom, the best way, if not only way, is to work for yourself.

You determine your worth, how much money you make, and have total control over the time and decisions in your life.

We are literally in the golden age of the internet and in a time where anybody can start a business online and make enough income to quit their job, or heck, even enough just to comfortably get by.

Why should you allow someone else to have control over your life, and to base your decisions around your job?

Take your life back and learn about the many, many, many opportunities online for starting a business of your own. And let me help you along the way.

I have had my own online business for a year and a half now and spent four years before that learning about just about every way to earn a profit online. Along this journey, I learned what works, what doesn’t, and what kind of marketers to turn around and run like hell from; digitally speaking of course. 🙂

In the near future, I plan on talking about some of the best ways to start a business online, so stay tuned.

Anyhoo, I hope you enjoyed my first ramble. And just a warning, there will be plenty more to come.

 

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How to Become More Persuasive

The old saying really is true – your network is your net worth.

If you want to do big things in life then you need to be good at networking. Otherwise, you’re going to have a tough time convincing others why should actually be successful.

In light of this, you need to know how to talk to others in a compelling way while still maintaining balance and strength. And what better way to do this than learning about the psychology of the human brain and how it works?

To get you started, here are six important things to remember when trying to be persuasive. They can be used when speaking, writing, really any time you want to be compelling.

#1. We are interested in people

We love to watch other people and figure out why it is that they do the things that they do.

#2. We pay close attention to things that we fear or hope are true

As humans, we are alway moving towards pleasure or away from pain; think fight-or-flight syndrome.

#3. We delight in finding patterns

We understand the world better when we see things that we recognize from past experiences, and are rewarded with a rush of pleasure (dopamine) when we do.

#4. We are attracted to puzzles, novelty, incongruity, and apparent contradictions

When we don’t get something, we enjoy trying to figure it out.

#5. The nature of our bodies

The nature of our sense organs and eyes influence what types of things draw in our attention.

#6. We have certain psychological traits, many of which are evolved, that make us believe and disbelieve, like and dislike, etc

Our brain like to use the least amount of energy possible and therefore, uses heuristics (mental shortcuts) that help with the decision making process.


When you know about what makes things riveting to humans based on the psychology of how their brain works, it can be much easier to persuade them about something.

These can be especially beneficial for business, marketing and sales, as you can structure your message/pitch/content around them, and get people more interacted than they may be otherwise.

Good luck!

 

PS: Most ‘average’ salespeople don’t know about these, and many others won’t take the time to learn the art of persuasion. In using them, you have an automatic advantage, and can be on the path to becoming so good that people can’t ignore you.

 

 

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How Sports Can Help With Communication Skills

No matter what age we are, we can all learn a lesson from team building. This concept can help us communicate with others which can be a bonus at work, and help us work well with others.

The saying that “Your network is your net worth” is 100 percent true, and the more people you know, the further in life you can go.

Here are some of the biggest benefits that come from team work.

When playing a sport with a group of people rather than with only two people or by yourself, you gain a sense of confidence. It can be nerve-wracking to get in the game with all these people watching, but pushing throw pays off and you eventually break through to this newfound sense of confidence, which can appear in all areas of your life, especially at work.

The confidence you can gain with sports can grow your self-esteem and make you feel like the world is your oyster. You truly feel like you can accomplish anything, which is a great tool to breakthrough if you have goals you want to accomplish in life.
Playing with others helps you in turn work well with others at your job. The better you can communicate with people and work with them, the more of an asset you become.
Overall, sports can spruce up your life in many ways, and provide physical and mental benefits that can lead you to great success in many areas of your life. It can be difficult to get into sports if you aren’t active but to be honest, it’s much easier than making yourself exercise.

 

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The Biggest Success Blunder You Can Make

Success means different things to different people, but that’s not to say that the process differs in a whole lot of ways. In other words, there are many paths to “achieving success” but there are some things that stay the same, which is exactly what I want to talk about in this article today.

More importantly though, I want to talk about the biggest success blunder than you can make. Why?

Because this is the one thing that determine whether or not a person will experience success.

The No. 1 Success Mistake One Can Make

Is….. drumroll please: Having a fixed, negative mindset; also known as your belief system.

If one has limiting beliefs about themselves or the world around them, it’s going to be a pretty sticky challenge to achieve any kind of substantial success. It’s hard to have faith in something if you don’t fully believe that it’s possible, which is where the majority of success seekers fall short – well, it’s one of the biggest reasons at least.

People with fixed mindsets have a hard time accepting the things that will need to be changed or sacrificed in order to reach their desired level of success. They also tend to accept the new things they need to learn and the challenges that need to be faced along the way.

On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace the path that most success requires, which is why these types are much more likely to accomplish their goals.

Hopefully this difference is painfully clear. I know it was for more, but more on that later.

 

 

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Is Business Easier Now Than Ever Before?

Being young enough to still have a bright future ahead of me, I can’t totally say whether or not it is officially easier to do business now than it was in the past. Guess I will have to call up my Grandma about that one.

Anyhoo, with the rise of technology and the internet, along with people’s interest of shopping online being peaked, there is TONS of opportunity to start a business . Take a look around and you will see very quickly what I am saying. While there may be a large number of people building online businesses, there’s still plenty of room left for more people to have their fair share of the pie, despite how crowded things seem.

With so many people doing this, it automatically appears as though the idea of building a business is easy enough for everyone to do it.

This is true, but there are however some underlying factors that need to take places in order to see success. Those that don’t follow these factors will be the ones screaming that they couldn’t make the online thing work however, many people have come before them and made it happen.

It’s all about perception.  Continue reading “Is Business Easier Now Than Ever Before?”

Can Just Anybody Start a Business?

Millions of people each year dream of starting a business of their own. Some make it happen successfully, some get halfway there, and others either fail quickly or fail to even make an attempt at all.

Sure the idea of starting your own business sounds wonderful compared to building somebody else’s dreams by working for them, but it certainly takes a lot of know-how and hard work. These two things alone can be hard to come by if you’re someone with a family, full-time career and a list of other  responsibilities, but it is still possible.

As someone that took over four years to truly figure out what it takes to build a business, I now know a thing or two about what it takes. And now I want to pass on a little bit of information about what the process took to endure and how you can apply it to your life too.

#1: Set Goals, But Tailor Them To YOUR Life

Setting goals and going after them sounds like common sense sure. That’s nice and everything but if you don’t set goals that are specific to your life then you are most likely going to fail.

There’s a general range of tips people will give like stay consistent, write down your goals and go after  them each day until you’ve reached the summit. Those ARE true, but matter none if the other parts of your goal aren’t tailored to your life, current situation, knowledge base and past experiences to name a few.

What I’m saying is that you can get advice from a million successful people, but if you don’t make it fit your individuality then you may not get the results that you anticipated.  Continue reading “Can Just Anybody Start a Business?”

3 Timeless Secrets to Success

When most people hear the word ‘success’ they usually think of money and status, myself once included.

Sure these things sound great, but they don’t just come out of nowhere. As cheesy as it sounds, success on any subject takes a ton of hard word and dedication, on top of consistency, persistence and patience which is where most make the decision to give up. Success is hard, but that can be a good thing. If it weren’t then everyone would be successful and things would be even harder than they can be now.

I have been studying success for five years now and in all of the courses and products I’ve bought, books read, and seminars traveled to, my collection has grown to the hefty size that it is today; but that has also come with five years of experiences, mistakes and failures along the way.

To kick off Recent Rambles to a giant start, I thought it would be beneficial to share the biggest three secrets that have stayed consistent throughout all of my endeavors.

Important Success Secrets

#1. Skills Pay the Bills

Money is typically traded for something else of equal or proportionate value, am I right? Well the same thing applies when you are trying to start your own business or be successful within the company you are working out currently.

Skills are weapons in this economy and the better you hone yours, the better you will be paid and the more in demand you will be.  Continue reading “3 Timeless Secrets to Success”