The thing about being successful is that you have to be careful with the words you say. You can’t use filler words like “aim” and “try” to make yourself feel better about your goals. When you make a decision, it’s non-negotiable, When you “aim” to do something, sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.
The issue is that people who have a hard time attaining success or being consistent want attention for how hard it is for them to accomplish their goals. Here’s the thing—it’s hard for everyone. Your “hard” doesn’t get more credit than anyone else’s. I wake up at 4:30 AM, but that doesn’t make it less hard—it just means I’m more committed.
No One Is Immune to Sacrifice
It’s going to be hard for so many reasons—you’re a full-time student, you have a 9-5, you have a toddler, you have a sick parent, you’re sick, you’re broke. But guess what? No one is out here doing it because it’s easy. Is it harder for some of us more than others? Absolutely. But you have to do it anyway.
You have to figure out how to push through. If you have a 9-5 and you say you can’t wake up early to work on your side hustle, you’ve decided that you won’t get up early. Saying that you can’t wake up early and simply not getting up early are two different things. If you’re breathing, you’re alive, and you have an alarm clock, you’re able to do anything you want.
Consistency Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Commitment
I want you to win. But I also want you to know that even though blogging is popular and trendy, it’s hard work. If you know you need to wake up at 7:30 AM to be at work by 9:00 AM, you should probably wake up at 5:00 AM to knock out some blog posts. Most successful bloggers start blogging when they have a 9-5. And guess what? If you’re an entrepreneur, you work much longer than eight hours a day. If you can’t get up before your 9-5, then you don’t want your own business.
You have to be explicitly honest with yourself and self aware. I’m not a morning person, so I read every single article and listened to every single podcast that I needed to figure out how to become a morning person. If you tell my mom that I wake up at 4:30 AM on a regular basis, she’s going to call you a liar because in the past, I always slept in.
However, I was willing to give up not being a morning person so I could create the life I wanted. A lot of people aren’t willing to give up anything. People want to change the world, but they don’t want to change the time they wake up.
Strive for Progress, Not Perfection
Waking up at 5 in the morning sounds crazy. Waking up at 4:30 in the morning sounds crazier. But how bad do you really want it? You also need to decide not to strive for perfection. If you’re striving for perfection, that’s why you’re coming up short—perfection is impossible. Perfection is a permanent state—it doesn’t change or progress.
You have to be intentional about doing the work that’s necessary for you to be successful. Create the life that you want because you made the decision to do so. The way you set up your day is how you set up your life. If you set up your day to be productive, you’ll have a productive and successful life.
What you need to remember:
- Success requires hard work, and it’s hard for everyone. You have to do the hard work anyway—regardless of your circumstances.
Once you decide your goals are non-negotiable, you position yourself for success.
When you focus on progression, not perfection, you’re more likely to stay motivated and follow through.
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