“I wish I could have a job like yours but I don’t know anything about starting a business”, “It must be so nice to run things on your own schedule but I’m not good at organizing my time”, “I would love to be better at social media but I don’t know how”. Well, WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT IT?
More often than not, the answer is nothing. Of course, the normal answers of ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘Im just so busy/tired/broke” – the list goes on and on is what you will hear instead, because no one wants to admit to themselves or anyone else that they are in COMPLETE CONTROL of the their lives and actions. We all have the same 24 hours in the day as Beyonce, or Tuff Cooper, so now what? How about instead of listening to the radio, you put on a podcast (most of which are wonderful to listen to, and FREE) about small business startup basics? Or instead of scrolling Facebook, scroll through organizational articles on Pinterest to decide what style works best for you? Or on your drive to the job you hate, but don’t hate enough to actually do something to change it, put on an audio book on social media influencers and how to build your brand.
The fact that most people aren’t able to see these opportunities and seize them is one of the main reasons they aren’t already successful. Don’t have a daily drive to work because you’re a stay at home mom (who secretly wants to open her own boutique)? Put your earbuds in while you do the dishes (even just one so you can hear the baby cry) and get your learn on. STOP GETTING IN YOUR OWN WAY.
As I write this (Which, come to think of it, seems to always be someplace odd) I am sitting in the cab of my husbands dually, parked outside a horse barn in Fort Wayne Indiana, with the dang thing running because its FIFTEEN DEGREES OUTSIDE while he works on his clients horses. I always travel with my mobile office (Which consists of a giant purse that holds my Mac, iPad, two planners, a pencil bags full of pens/whiteout/pencils/erasers and at least one actual book, which at this moment happens to be on small business accounting) so I don’t miss a chance to work ON my company instead of in it.
Oh, and Donald J. Trump’s Art of the Deal is playing, because, knowledge.
Stop self sabotaging in 2018. You’ll thank yourself in 2020.
One of the most frustrating things about being more driven and obsessed that the average bear is watching people let amazing opportunities just past them by- repeatedly.