You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
– Zig Ziglar
Everybody wants advice but nobody wants to do the work. If you cut the time you spend deliberating in half and spend that time actively pursuing what you want, how much farther ahead do you think you’d be? What’s more important: success or recreation? This isn’t to say you can’t have both, but action takers strive for a healthy balance between the two. Close your door so you can get work done. Turn down the occasional invitation to a bar or restaurant if you’re in the process of flexing your hustle muscle.
Time flies when you’re on the internet. Have you ever logged on to Facebook, Pinterest, or Reddit and planned to spend only a “little while” there, but the next time you looked at the clock it was 2 or 3 hours later? Put down your phone. If you check your Facebook 5 times a day for 5 minutes per log-in on 5 days per week, you are burning 2 hours per week. Yes, you do have to make sacrifices if you desire success. But there is always time for fun. Life isn’t meant to be devoid of fun and play. Your hard work won’t vanish during your escape; on the contrary, you’ll come back with re-charged drive and ambition.
Who says you need to work until you find yourself in a comatose state? Working beyond the brink of exhaustion is counterproductive. The best work comes from a place of love and happiness. If you’re not feeling it, take the dog for a walk, catch up with some friends, take a vacation, or do something else. Stubbornly clinging to past beliefs that were dead-wrong and it will sink your odds of success fast. Be ready for failure, but don’t stress about it because it’s just a learning opportunity. Brace yourself for the realization that life will rub in your face over and over again. The only way to evolve is through trial and error. Keep on improving and your odds of achieving will get better and better with every failure.
What follows is the action habit to end all action habits. All of the self-help books and articles in the world can’t save you if you never take action.