Let's face it, success doesn't come easy.
If it did - then everyone would be successful.
After being in the online trenches the last couple of years I've learned a few things about what it takes to be successful online.
Here are 4 things in particular that you must give up to be successful.
1. Caring What Other People Think or Say About You
I know it’s not easy…and it will take practice…but you gotta get over it. The bottom line is that when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you truly are.
So don’t get caught up in what others think; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be someone else to impress people. There is only one you - so be the best version of yourself you can be and let people be impressed by YOU.
2. Focusing On Where You’re Not
You’ve gotta stop focusing on where you’re not and start focusing on how far you’ve come. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to be in this certain place but you’ve gotta earn it first. You’ve gotta put in your time. And I know for entrepreneurs that’s tough because we are inpatient people.
Something that I’ve learned early on regarding time is that…It’s going to pass either way. It’s easy to say “Aw man It’s going to take 5 years to really be successful online - I don’t have that kind of time” - Well newsflash - that kind of time is going to pass either way - those 5 years are coming and at the end of it are going to say “You’re glad you did” or you wish you woulda”? - Think about that anytime you start getting discouraged about how long things might take.
3. Comparing Yourself to Other People’s Success
This is a killer and goes hand in hand with focusing on where you’re not. It’s easy to get caught up focusing on what seems to be like overnight success for someone else. But what you can’t see is the years of time that it took that person to become an “overnight success”. I remember meeting Pat Flynn for the first time and thinking...
"Man he's so far ahead of me..."
"I want to be where he is..."
"Will I ever get there..."
I had to remind myself that even Pat had to start somewhere.
So don't compare yourself to someone else’s journey. Each one of us has our own unique journey. Just listen to some of the interviews of Entrepreneur on Fire - each person has an incredible journey that is unique to them. Focus on yours and your next step.
4. You’ve gotta Give Up The Excuses You keep telling yourself
“If something is important - you’ll find a way - if not you’ll find an excuse”
You have to take 100% responsibility for your life. Accept that you are where you are because of the decisions you’ve made. Once you start blaming anyone or anything or any circumstance for your conditions - you move into the world of the irresponsible and unsuccessful. Start living your life on purpose and start being intentional. Trust me - amazing things will start to happen when you start taking consistent action and leave the excuses behind.