Stop Half-Assing It, Your Success Is Waiting

If you're going to try, go all the way. It's the only good fight there is. - Charles BukowskiI’m a half-asser.

There, I said it. All my life I’ve given less than my very best to almost everything I did.

And then I’d beat myself up for it (for a bit). Before I’d declare that it’s not my fault, because, hey, I was in such a time crunch, so all things considered I actually did a fantastic job.

And I’d finish it all with a solemn pinky swear that next time I’m going to be super organized and start as soon as I put my mind to it and the entire process will be so relaxed and breezy and wonderful…

… only for this ever-so-solemn pinky swear to be solemnly ignored the next time around, when everything would be fun and games until the deadline was staring me right in the face.

That’s when the hustling began – sleepless nights, circles under the eyes, and strained focus.

It took me almost 10 years to break through this merry-go-round of guilt, disappointment, and burnout.

The truth is, I knew deep inside that I could do better, and I read hundreds of books and thousands of articles to figure out how to break through. But nothing worked for me!

No matter how many different time management strategies, planning systems, or affirmations I tried, I would always default to my standard pattern of procrastination, even after an initial period of sticking with it.

How many times do you tell yourself that you don’t have enough time? That time is running out? How many times do you feel hurried and overwhelmed in a day?

And what if I told you that this state of anxiety around time is just a cloud that you keep feeding by repetitively thinking this way?

As uncomfortable as this may be to hear, it’s comfortable to be overwhelmed.

You know what’s not comfortable? Focus.

It’s not comfortable to make a choice about what response matters to you and then stick to it over and over and over until it becomes automatic.

But that’s exactly what you need to do.

You need to train your brain to automatically choose the things that really matter to you over the ones that don’t. (Like Facebook, Pinterest, or that third free course you signed up for this week)

Let’s break it down into steps:

1. Establish a clear focus

What matters most to you right now?

Let’s start from 0. If you could only have one focus during your day, and that’s all you had energy for/could give 100% to, what would it be?

For me, that would be making sure I’m eating well, followed by making sure my spiritual and emotional well-being is taken care of, followed by having a clean and comfortable home to live in, followed by spending quality time with those I love and doing the most important thing in my job – create amazing content that really helps creative entrepreneurs.

For each one, set a standard – a goal for how much you want to invest in it. How do you see that area of your life looking, ideally? Take it down a notch from perfection and see what that looks and feels like.

Too good to be true? We’ve got ourselves a glass ceiling. The only way up is through!

2. Pay attention

What’s your current response to distractions now? What holds you back from sitting down and working?

Is it fear? Self-doubt? Your inner critic?

Just plain not feeling like doing that today?

Instead of automatically following your urges, pause every time something is pulling you away from engaging in your focus, or tempting you to push it off. Listen to what the voice is saying.

Now, here’s the magic element:

Recognize that everyone has the same “I don’t wanna do it” voice.

Every. Single. Person. Rich or poor, successful beyond their wildest dreams or still recovering from a big stumble. They all have it.

What does this mean for you?

The voice is universal. Its job is to keep you comfortable. It’s not actually saying anything real about you or your work. And it’s something you can totally safely ignore (as you actually should, and the best success ninjas do).

3. Get out of your mind

Why do you need a drink or two before you bust out your best moves on the dance floor? Because that’s what it takes to get you out of your mind.

You will never stretch yourself to your full potential while you’re worried about what other people will think.

When you sit down to work, write like no one is reading. Give it your all and stop worrying about how good it is.

At the same time, focus on who will be reading. Don’t write for your own ego. Everything on the page should be serving the person who will be reading it.

Every time your mind wants to play the ego game, bring it back to what really matters: service.

When you focus on serving others through your work, instead of worrying about how they will judge you for it, you create from a space of love and generosity where you are free to explore your talent in a way fear won’t allow you to.

Every time you ask yourself “what should I do now?”, the next question should be “What’s the ONE thing that will move me forward the most, and provide the most benefit to everyone involved?” (that includes you, by the way).

In case you haven’t gotten clear on your priorities yet, this question will force you to, on the spot. It’ll shine a big bright spotlight right on what you need to do next.

Once you decide what that one thing is? Start on it, and ignore everything else. Don’t let anything distract you. Don’t multitask.

Just go all in.

If you want to make the most of the time you have, this is the simplest and most effective way I know of. It’ll stop you from half-assing your way through life and allow you to focus on what really matters to you.

Don’t want to do it alone?

That’s what the Success Ninja Circle is for!

Application for this 6-month program just opened and I’m offering it at an introductory price since it’s the first time I’m running it. Together with 4 other entrepreneurs (that’s right, enrollment is limited to only 5 people) you will narrow down your focus, clear away all mental and physical clutter, and implement the systems, rituals, and habits you need to crush your goals and thrive on a mental, emotional, spiritual, and professional level.

Read more about the Success Ninja Circle here.

I spent the past few months finishing up my own systems and planning my year with the #ultimate2015 challenge. My focus in 2015 is to now go all in and give my all to the things that really matter to me (and the people I serve – you!)

That’s what I want for you, too. And that’s what I will help you get in 2015, whether you join the Success Ninja Circle or not.

How do you want to go all in this year? What’s holding you back?


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