To jump or not to jump… And will the net appear?
Most people I know like to have their feet on solid ground, but eventually when you run out of ground, there’s a fall… or a jump. Do you take the jump or do you hang on for dear life, praying you don’t hit bottom too hard?
I’m a big believer that when opportunity presents itself you have to make the choice. Leap and the net will appear, or stay and stagnate. I don’t believe there is such a thing and remaining in your successful safe place.
These quick and easy concepts should help you along the way to making the best choices to overcome obstacles and move steadily toward greater achievements:
1. Be the Best
You know that if you want the best you can get, you have to be the best you can be. It’s the Be, Do, Have principle of existence, and nothing is acquired without it. You must be the best to do the best, before you get the best.
Whatever is lacking in you, will find its way to your services, to your products, and ultimately to your business. However you do anything, you will do all things. Step up, and be the best you can be.
2. Value Production
Often the most successful among us are those that love what they do so much that they literally never work a day in their lives. What better job could you have than one that blurs the line between work and play until you can’t tell the difference. Creating a powerplay for your career choice, by building a solid passion for whatever you choose to do, is always the best step. But… What about simply learning to LOVE what you do?
Achieving production levels based on your passion for getting the job done.
It has been said that if you love what you do so much that you’d do it whether you were paid to do it or not, you might have the right job.
Love your work enough to make production a priority over play time.
3. Get Over Lazy
I promise you, you’ll NEVER see anyone at the top of the ladder to success who spends all their time with a blanket and a pillow. Get over your love of sleep and do what needs to be done.
4. Be a Working Manager
Not only should you be able to manage every single job on your project, but you should be able to do it. Now… The problem with being able to do it, is that you’re tempted to be the one doing it. Don’t. Hire out the ‘work’ and let someone else do what needs to be done. Just know what they have to do, so you can manage the quality.
Let’s look at the reality here. Your goal is to be part of the 1% who own the business, manage the 99%. Do that. Hire the 99% to do the work and keep your business going. Select the cream of the crop and build your business on quality work and effort from people who are dedicated to achievement.
5. Drive the Car of Your Dreams
I’m all for affordable transportation, but I’m a dreamer. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to grab onto at least one dream that makes you stretch – every month.
I’m not talking about buying a car that rivals the cost of your home, but I am talking about driving a vehicle that will make you stretch, will keep you in the driver’s seat of your dream, and help you to achieve your goal. If driving a car and meeting a car payment every month works for you, drive the good car.
6. Give More Than You Get
This is important. Never be afraid to give something away. Whether it’s tipping a waitress at the diner, or helping a stranger, give. If you’re marketing product or services, give more than you’re paid for. Always GIVE more.
When my kids were young, I was a single mom, and money was kind of tight. We didn’t have a lot of extra cash on hand, but we were on a working trip, taking pictures and writing a travelogue, and there was a couple – obviously stranded – at a roadside stop. We had a cooler full of food, drinks, etc. And their kids looked hungry. We invited them to join us for lunch and found out that they only had enough gas to get into the next town, and still several hundred miles to go to get to family. They’d lost their jobs and their home, and just wanted to get to family. We put the food away and my daughter carried the cooler to their car. She put it in the back of their mini-van and I heard myself tell them, “Let’s go and I’ll fill your tank.”
We were already banking on no breakdowns, and no mishaps, because we didn’t have any extra money either.
I filled their tank, topped mine off, and they disappeared down the highway. I checked my bank balance and we headed off on our own trip. As we left, I remember thinking – praying – Lord, this tank of Gas is going to have to last until we have more money in the bank, because I don’t have more money by the time we buy food… And we were off.
A tank of gas generally lasted about 300 miles. We drove the 300 miles and I pulled in to top off the tank of gas (even though the needle hadn’t moved), I put $3 in the tank. The equivalent of two gallon of gas at the time. I said a quiet, “Thank you Lord,” and we headed out on our trip again.
We stopped at a grocery store to pick up some bread, peanut butter, jelly, and juice or water, and my daughter saw a cooler sitting on top of a shelf near the back. She asked the grocer if it was for sale and he said, “Oh, we used to sell them, but that’s the last one, and it’s so dusty… You need a cooler?” She told him what happened to our cooler and he took it down, cleaned it out and gave it to her. We had a new cooler. When he brought it to the car a few minutes later, I realized it was filled with ice, cold drinks, sandwich supplies and fruit. When I offered to pay, he said, “Nope, you were kind to someone, and I’m repaying the favor. Pass it on.”
The moral of this story is, “You can’t out give God.” Give. God will provide for you. Give more than you get. TRY to out give God. You can’t do it, but you’ll love the life you live!
7. Spend Money on What Pays
If you’re part of the 99%, you’re most likely thinking that you spend money on what is important, and you just don’t have any more. Not true. Even if you’re the wise person who doesn’t waste his money, you still don’t spend money on what pays you.
“Spend money on what pays you, because if it isn’t bringing you in more money, you’ve squandered what you had.” ~Anonymous
Money should be invested in something that will pay you back. Before you pay anything else, be sure to pay yourself. Invest in yourself first, and create a savings plan. Then pay the bills. Pay them all up and get out of debt, then stay out of debt by investing your money wisely in what pays you back.
Success is more than money. Having money makes success a little easier, but you can’t be successful with money if you’re not successful at life. If you take care of the little things, the money, the people, the loving, the living well, the working hard, and the things that really matter – success will come to you. Open up your arms and accept what you’ve worked hard to earn!
Be willing to take the leap, and the net will appear.
You overcome the biggest obstacles, just like the little ones, plan, work hard, and be willing to take the leap when opportunity presents itself.