Take the Risk!

Too many people don't do what they are more than capable of doing simply because they do not want to take the risk. It may be the risk of losing money, hurting a relationship, or just the risk of failing that holds them back. Whatever has held you back in the past, don't let it hold you any longer. Everything that is percieved as a "risk" has a fear with it, but there is no reason to let that hold you back from accomplishing everything you want.

Everything in life holds risk, whether you recognize it or not. You could get in your car this morning and get in an accident, and it could be all over. I'm not trying to be morbid or negative, it's just a fact that anything you do holds a risk of some kind. If you are doing something, you are risking something. The only way to completely avoid risk is to do nothing, which isn't living. You could even say that you are risking by doing nothing because of the consequences that could have on your mind and body.

What you have to remember is that as soon as you consider doing something, your mind goes to work to create all the possible scenarios that could happen. Your imagination is at it's worst here, coming up with all kinds of reasons why you shouldn't do something and all the bad things that could happen. Mark Twain is quoted as saying "I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened". We can worry ourselves to death about what could happen but most likely will not; and those are the things that we let talk us out of doing something that is potentially "risky" but can have huge rewards in our lives. Don't let what may or may not happen stop you from moving forward.

Jim Rohn has said "The same walls that keep out disappointment keep out happiness. Take the Risk." We can try to protect ourselves from disappointment, but we will never gain happiness by doing so. Only by taking risk and attempting to reach our potential can we accomplish happiness and true success. The fact is that we are never going to keep out disappointment anyway. I would rather fail, be disappointed, and learn from it than never try and be disappointed at my lack of effort, wondering what could have been.

Step back and take a look at what is holding you back from taking a risk in your life that you know you should take. Whatever it is, own it and move forward. Don't let those things hold you back. Move forward in spite of the fear or the negative talk in your head. Take the risk. My bet is you'll be happy you did.

Keeping the Momentum

How can you keep the momentum going in your life and in your business? That's a question many people struggle with. It's easy to get started. You're excited, you're ready to go out and get things moving in the right direction. But soon that can wear off, especially once you start facing the challenges and obstacles that you are bound to face when trying to accomplish any significant progression in your life. So what is the secret? How do some people keep going while others fade away? Here are a few tips to help.

  • Be disciplined - Discipline is a huge factor and can be a large part of why you struggle to move forward while someone else seems like they are sprinting ahead effortlessly. If you are not disciplined, it is easy to get away from the tasks that you know you need to do but you don't want to do. Don't get in the habit of just going about the day and trying to get as much done as possible. Be structured about it. Have a schedule, put your "must do" tasks in, and stick to it.
  • Focus on your "Why" - When the struggles come, and they will, focus on why you are doing what you are doing. What is it that you are trying to accomplish? Remember, a big "why" means big motivation, so looking beyond the problem to what you will have when you find a way around it will help you see that it will be worth getting through the struggle and not giving up.
  • Be accountable - Find someone to hold you accountable. Whether it's a spouse, a life coach a mentor or a friend, find someone that will hold you to what you say you will do. Don't automatically pick your spouse or your best friend for this. They may not be the best fit. You need someone who will tell it like it is, and call you on things when they need to. If your friend or spouse can't do that, you need to find someone else who will. Tell your accountability partner what you plan to accomplish for the month, for the week, or even for the day. Go over it with them and let them know what you did and did not accomplish. Be honest. Faking your way through it will not help. This can make a huge impact, especially if you struggle with organization and keeping to your schedule.
  • Keep moving - Even when you don't feel like it. There will be days that you do not want to do the things you know you need to do. Trust me, putting it off will not help; it will make you feel worse. When you get to the end of the day, and you look back and have really accomplished nothing of importance, it hurts your self-esteem and brings you down. I'm not talking about one off day where things go haywire. I'm talking about avoiding doing what you need to in order to be successful. If only more people did what they knew how to do, if they only acted on the knowledge they had, they would be in a much different position then they are right now. Even if it's a large step forward one day and a small step the next, keep moving forward no matter what.

These are just a few ways that can help you immensely in keeping the momentum in your life. I hope they help move you closer to where you desire to be.

Find Your Passion

It may seem cliche, but to be successful you must find your passion. You have to be passionate about what you are doing, or you will never see the success you could have if you were passionate about it. Don't kid yourself either and say that you're going to "fake it 'til you make it" and that you will grow to love what you are doing. If you don't like it now, chances are you will like it even less years later. Find what excites you, what is fun for you and makes you want to get up in the morning to do it, and then find a way to make money doing that.

You also need to know what drives you. What are the reasons you want to accomplish your goals? Why do you want to be successful in whatever your chosen endeavors are? Is it your family? Is it helping other people? Is it having the ultimate freedom - the ability to do what you want, when you want? Whatever your drive is, your "why", it needs to be big. The bigger the "why", the easier the "how to" becomes. A lot of people say their drive is making money. Well, money is great, but what does that money get for you? That's what you're after. Don't just focus on the fact that you want to make a certain amount of money. Focus on the fact that when you obtain that goal, it will give you more time with your family, or the opportunity to travel to the place you've always wanted to go, or whatever it may be that is the real reason you want to have the money in the first place. Money will drive you for a short time, but your "why" will keep you going for the long haul. Money alone will never be enough to help you push through those hard times and get you around the obstacles that you will undoubtedly face.

If you don't know what your passion is, or what your "why" is, you must take the time to reflect and find out what those things are. Without them, you will be hard pressed to be as successful as you can be. With them you can be unstoppable.

Now is the time!

Right now almost all you hear around you, whether it's from the media, co-workers, family or friends, is how bad the economy is and all the doom and gloom. There's no denying it, the economy is definitely down, and we are in a recession. However, just because the economy is down doesn't mean you need to be down too. Now is the time to pick up and make things happen! Many extremely successful companies have been started during previous recessions. If you can get set your foundation now, you will be in the perfect position to ride the next wave as the economy picks up again.

One thing that is for sure is that now people are realizing that their jobs are not secure like they thought they were. They realize they are expendable, and they must watch out for themselves and not rely on a company or anyone else to take care of them. They must take care of themselves. Because of this, there are more people than ever looking for an opportunity to start their own business or earn extra income on their own. What's great is there are a lot of options out there to build your own business part-time. If you still have a job, you don't have to quit just to start your own business, you can build it in your spare time and eventually it can replace your income and even end up being many times more than what you ever made at your job!

So if you have ever thought about starting your own business, and are unsure if this is the right time, START NOW! Find out what needs to be done to make it happen and take action! Take advantage of all the opportunity out there. Take advantage of the fact that there are tons of people out there looking for a new way of life; one where they are in control. If you are one of the unlucky ones that has lost your job, take advantage of the time that's been given to you. Don't look at it as a negative, look at it as an opportunity for change.

So now is the time. Not next year, not next month or next week, but now. Stand up, take action and make it happen for yourself. Start living the life you've dreamed about and that you deserve!


Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

WSJ.com: Commercial Real Estate