My Two Cents
My blog about business, social media, books, life, and what matters.
What Is Around You Doesn't Determine What Is Within You
Problem is, this is scary. Once we accept that it is our responsibility to make our own economy great - and not our bosses, family, or political leaders, then it is all up to us. At first, this can feel incredibly isolating.
I get it. I know all too well that feeling that you are falling down a deep dark hole and can't grab a hand-hold no matter how much you grasp.
Our mind, our greatest resource, is also one of our biggest challenges. We will make all kinds of excuses about what we do or do not have. But the truth is that your mind is limitless. It does not depend on what is outside. There is always one more thing to try, one more avenue to pursue.
So you lost that last sale - there are almost 7 billion people in the world you haven't talked to yet. So you are in debt. There are more resources available than you can count, you just have to figure out what you can offer of value to the world. Yes, sometimes sickness, or disaster, or personal tragedy strike. Sometimes there is seemingly no reason. But if you lose one hand, you have the other. Keep. Pushing. Through.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
You Can Start Making the Steps to Change Now
So are you ready to change your economy? Where do you want to be by the end of this year? As you are filing your taxes, is your income far below what you would like? Are your charitable contributions smaller than they could be? Then it is time to make a change!
One of the best books I have ever read on the subject of changing anything in your life is "Flip the Script" by Bill Wackermann. If you read only one book this month, make this one it. Much more than a feel-good positive thinking book, it goes through the very practical steps needed to deal with your fears, address those that are rational, and do what is needed to stop making excuses and start making headway.
But maybe that is too much to try and do right now - right this minute.
In the recent Forbes article "How to Improve Your Performance in Life" they writer identified just two things to do that change the outcomes for almost everyone: Prepare for what is coming up, and plan for contingencies.
The reality is that in most areas of life the bar is incredibly low. If you can't post 2-3 times per day on your Facebook page, then post at least once. Every day. If you feel overwhelmed by writing a blog post every week, then just do it once a month. Book time in your calendar 15 minutes before any phone call to brush up on who you are talking to, what you are talking about, and make sure you have their phone number in front of you.
Little things really add up over time. It is one of the most basic economic principles of all - that of the time value of money and compounding interest. Now apply that everywhere.
So what is one little thing more that you can do today to get you closer to your dream economy? I would love to hear it in the comments below!
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