Hey guys, It's Dean!
Let me start off by saying, you have tremendous potential within you and you have the power to do great things. So don't take this post as a jab at you. This post is about motivation and hopefully helping you to learn more about yourself.
So are you ready to do a little soul searching, or are you afraid?
Ok, if you are ready... read on.
What's your execution vs excuses ratio?
Put all your excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” ~ Zig Ziglar
It's human nature to want to protect yourself. Your nature wants to be warm, fed, comfortable, and the less motion that you create the more energy you conserve.
That's why it's so easy to have an excuse for anything that's difficult.
You and I are no different, and boy do I have so many excuses to not do the things I need to be doing. It's definitely a problem that keep you and I from achieving our destiny.
The problem is that we have to execute in order to live. We have to execute in order to thrive. You and I both know that the more that we accomplish the happier and more fulfilled we are. We have a sense of pride and success that is far better then mere survival. We even dream of great things that we want to accomplish in order to bring more of that fulfillment.
Let me ask you a question, have you ever thought about your execution to excuses ratio?
What I mean is... for every thing you've executed on, how many other times did you make an excuse? My ratio is around 4 excuses for every executed action. That's a horrible ratio, I know, but it is what it is.
What's yours? How many products have you created this week? How many times did you exercise? Did you meet all of your Amazon FBA shipment goals? Did you take action on that course you just bought or did you just enjoy the high you got from learning something new?
How to Execute Quickly and Move On
The biggest problem us online sellers make excuses on are training products we've bought. I'm pretty sure that I've spent well over $3K on information that I've never put to use.
Who's fault is that? Mine. (Are you in the same boat?)
Over the last few months things have changed though. One thing that's different is the system I've built behind products I've purchased. It essentially goes like this...
With any product that I purchase I ask what the typical amount of time to see a return on investment is. Depending on the amount of work that's required, I will give my full attention to that information product until the ROI time is expired. If it worked, great. If not, I can move onto the next shiny object.
Yes... that's right... I get to move onto the next shiny object BECAUSE I gave my full attention to that one product, tested it, and found that it either didn't work, didn't have a good return, or didn't fit my persona.
What I DIDN'T do is simply discard it and move onto the next thing. The cycle of excuses is broken.
This doesn't only apply to training. Execute on a new workout routine for 21 days and make that the #1 focus of your day every day. At the end of 21 days if you don't like it, at least you tried. If you do, you now have a habit built.
Start looking at your actions every day. How many excuses are you making vs. how many things your are actually executing on? The more you see yourself making excuses, the less you'll make them.