Doing the Work

Ok, so you’ve had the idea. It’s found you, knocked on your door, introduced itself and asked to work with you. That’s great. The excitement you feel as inspiration hits is awesome. We all know how it feels when that moment hits you and you have to grab a pen and a scrap of paper, you’re so desperate to get your ideas down before you lose them. At that moment you have the best idea in the world. It could be life changing.

But, what then?

The idea is down on paper, you’re excited at the possibilities, you tell those closest to you about your new plans. What next?

I hate to break it to you but the easy bit is done. Much as I’d love to tell you that once you’ve got the great idea it all just flows out of you with ease and grace, it doesn’t. I could tell you that you’ll wake up in the morning and sit down to a day of productivity and progress. I could tell you that, but I’d be lying.

You see, the idea is the easy bit. What now needs to happen is the work. And that’s where 95% of people give up. They want quick success and easy winnings, not hard graft and sweat. They feel a sense of injustice that things should be so difficult when they had such a great idea. So they give up, letting the idea crawl away into the shadows.

The 5% who didn’t give up are the success stories.

Don’t be fooled by thinking that they’re:

  1. Lucky

  2. Super talented

  3. Smarter than you

Because they’re not. They just never gave up. They kept going, even when they fell down. When that happened they picked themselves up and kept going, figuring it out along the way.

It also didn’t happen overnight. There is no such thing as overnight success. There’s just hard work. There’s a quote that I love which goes:

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”

Good stuff, that one. I like it. Anyone can be successful. You’ve just got to want it enough to work for it. And then work some more. And then maybe a touch more. Just keep going and going and going until you get there.

Which group are you going to be part of, the 95% or the 5%?

If you want to be part of the 5%, what steps could you take today that might get you closer to your goal?Is there someone that could help you? A call you could make? An email you could send? It doesn’t have to be a giant leap, it could be a baby step. Every little helps (thanks, Tesco).

Let me know in the comments what steps you’re going to take today, I’d love to hear how you’re getting on!

And remember to Press Play on your life.

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