Are you a surfer or a spectator?
Surfers are in the water every chance they get. Spectators are watching in awe of the surfers' courage and skill.
Most people treat their business opportunities, and life, like they're spectators. You stand on the shore and watch life happen for others; success, commissions, raises, referrals… life. All the while, you're thinking of excuses why these great things, life, isn't happening for you. “They're so lucky. They've always had money. They just know the right people. I'm too busy. I have kids. They already had a following.”
Does that spectator feeling resonate with you? Is that how you see the leaders in your company? Yes? Then you're still on the beach with your shades on watching the surfers enjoy life. Well, let me ask you a question. What's keeping YOU from getting in the water?
All the excuses you give for why they're surfing (living/succeeding) instead of you are all just that… excuses. They're silly ideas in your head that you use to justify your own shortcomings. In business, and life, those shortcomings are simply mindset adjustments. Success is a mindset just like failure.
Think about it like this… Surfers aren't born on the board in the middle of the ocean. They all started on the shore at some point. The difference is that they got in the water.
What surfers do (that you should be doing)
They got a board. You can do that. Most likely you already have. Think of the board as the vehicle to your success. You can't be a surfer without a surf board. My surf board is my mlm (network marketing opportunity). What is your income vehicle of choice?
They got a coach and took lessons. You can do that. No one makes it to the top alone. If you ask anyone that's made it to 6- or 7-figure status, they'll tell you that they latched on to a mentor that showed them the ropes. Someone who taught them discipline and prepared them for ups and downs of success. A mentor will not only give you the basic how-to's, they'll give you that extra push to keep you going.
They learned to paddle and kick. You can do that. Every surfer has to paddle and kick their way out into the ocean to get to the gnarly waves they want to ride. They ride those waves in, back to the shore where they do what? Paddle and kick their way right back out to ride the next wave. That paddle and kick is your consistent daily actions to get you to success. Although it seems fairly simple, it can be quite daunting at first. Regardless, you have to get through it consistently. You have to constantly prospect for new customers, write blog posts, post to social media, make videos, or whatever your medium of choice. That's the only way to get to the big waves.
They surf! You can do that. When those beautiful waves of success roll in, you have to ride them! Ride them with posture and integrity. The longevity of your success will be determined by how long you “stay in the zone”. In the zone you are focused. Your mind is clear. You don't see anything but success. When you're in the zone, it's impossible to think about any problems; lack, mortgage, past failures, or fears. The moment you lose focus, you wipeout.
They learned resilience. When the wave washes them in, they get back on the board and go right back out. Can you do that? Can you get pass your fears and failures? Can you take that initial leap of faith to get in the water? What if it doesn't work and you wipeout? Will you be able to start over consistently paddling and kicking and putting yourself out there? The big kahuna is coming. Be ready. Paddle, paddle. Kick, kick.
You can't ride the wave if you never get in the water.
Peace and Love.