Do you know someone like this?
I know a stand-up guy, someone who would give you the shirt off his back and then ask what else he could do. His wife recently kicked him out of the house because he was helping too many people and not paying enough attention to her.
My own late father spent years working for a large corporation, was the hardest working man I ever knew, but when he neared 60, they shat on him in their own special way. Forced retirement is something many have experienced, and corporations aren’t getting any nicer.
I also once knew someone who spent most of his days wallowing in self pity. Having convinced himself he was always the dumbest, least interesting, most worthless schlep in the room. He was intimidated and never spoke up or took action.
Taking crap is easy.
The hard part? Fighting back. Being true to yourself and who you are. Taking a stand each and every day—against bad people, worse situations, and your own self-defeating noise.
I guess I could try and tell you that life isn’t a battle, but I would be lying. You really do need a little fight to see things through.
So, what is the secret to your success?
Here’s what works for me:
Being proactive, not passive.
For years I thought it would help to sit back and visualize perfect scenarios, a Walter Mitty-like modus operandi based on plenty of dreaming, zero follow-through and no clear action.
And that’s today’s post in a nutshell… the piss poor results of not taking action.
I’m not telling you to plow forth blindly, be combative, or torch bridges; but a good old fighting spirit will get you places.
Work today to change a situation that binds you.
Quiet the negative noise that turns you into a passive monkey.
And stop sitting back, letting others make those bold moves.
Yes, I realize you sometimes have to tread cautiously, but nine times out of 10, this passive stance leads to nowhere, or worse.
And passivity based on over-thinking is a stalling tactic that results with you remaining stuck in the mud and/or others making decisions for you.
If you hate your job, but don’t work today to plan your exit—that amazing solopreneurial venture you’ve always dreamed about—that’s you stalling.
If someone controls you, it’s because you let them hone their weapons of guilt, shame and intimidation.
If you want to write, speak, or podcast, but are afraid of what others might think, that’s the negative creep sneaking in—tell him to get lost. Check out my Art of Breaking Out Podcast.
If you have a pile of opportunities you lost out on because you didn’t bust a move, that’s passivity in action (or should I say, non-action).
We’ve all stalled, but today make the decision to not let passivity win out once again.
Stop worrying about what others might think, what could go wrong, or how you’ll find the time to do the things you’ll need to do to advance your life and business.
So, again, what is the secret to your success?
To kill the passivity.
To plan your next move without overthinking, and…
To take action, today.
If you liked this piece, you should check out my Art of Breaking Out Podcast. I interview guests who will help move the needle in your business, and motivate you to push through the fear, uncertainty, and self-doubt any aspiring business owner faces on a daily basis. Get the details on why I started the Art of Breaking Out Podcast here.
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