Have you ever made a commitment to achieve something, then failed to do it?
“I will make an extra $1,000.” “I will lose 20 lbs.”
If anyone asks you “why didn’t you do X”, what would your answer be?
I am mean, your HONEST answer. Not the one you would tell them. Not the excuse you would use.
You see, we lie to ourselves nearly as often as we lie to others.
Now – I don’t mean that you deliberately construct a lie that you tell them, or yourself.
It’s more a case of not wanting to admit the truth. Not wanting to feel weak or incapable.
So we have an excuse. “I did not have enough time.” “I was waiting for an answer from someone else.” “I didn’t have enough money.” “It was too difficult.”
The problem is – the excuse is a lie. It’s not the REAL reason.
The real reason is: it was not important enough for you.
Instead, you prioritized other things. Those other things were more important to you.
If it was important enough, you would have made it happen.
So you need to decide. The thing you committed to – how important is it? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 5? Or a 10? Or eleven…?
If you scored a 10 (or eleven) – are you truly prepared to make the commitment?
Would you like to know how to anchor in that commitment, so you can stick to it?
Start by writing 10 reasons it’s important to you to ACHIEVE it.
Then write 10 reasons it would be bad for you to FAIL.
Next, write another 40 reasons to ACHIEVE it. And another 40 reasons you must not fail.
Thought we would finish there? Nope! Write 50 more for both sides. Now we are getting warmed up. Can you do another 50 for each side, so you get 150 or more reasons to succeed, and reasons you must not fail?
Then every day, look at your list. Read at least 20 reasons to succeed, and at least 20 reasons you must not fail.
EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
You see – motivation is a funny thing. You need to feed it, to nurture it. Saying “I will do X” is not enough for your motivation to keep going.
You need reasons.
If you failed before it was simply that your motivation was not strong enough.
There are millions of examples where motivation overcame obstacles.
Just look at every winning athlete. Every Olympian. Every business leader. Every business manager. Every successful entrepreneur. Pretty much every college graduate. Every recovering alcoholic. Every recovering drug abuser.
Some of these have had obstacles that might look like a molehill to you, but for them they were mountains.
Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs, yet he’s a college graduate, painter, swimmer, skydiver and motivational speaker. Imagine the obstacles HE had to go through!
They all had strong motivation, and they had strong reasons for wanting to achieve their goals.
If all of them achieved their goals, then so can you.
The question is – is your motivation strong enough? Or are you feeding yourself excuses and lies?