Like any typical procrastinator, of course I wait until the second to last day of the month to send out the monthly newsletter. Oh well, better late than never right? I had taken some time to launch quite a few things and was met with so many obstacles along the way. It felt like a never-ending episode of Love and Hip Hop. I was so ready to go back to Corporate America. As I pushed through to what I hope will be a breakthrough, I had an epiphany.
I’ll give you the perfect analogy. You planned a roadtrip to the beach, and it’s going to take you 5 hours according to the GPS. You wake up, pack the car, and set off on your drive. About 2 hours in, you get a flat tire or you run out of gas. Are you going to say “fck it.” and just go back home? Or are you going to get it taken care of and continue on your way?
Let’s make it a less drastic scenario. Let’s say there’s an accident or a road is closed, and you start to move slower and your trip gets delayed. Do you say “It’s not worth it,” turn around and give up on the whole getaway? No.
So then why do you keep giving up on your business and your dreams? Why is it that every time your timeline is altered or pushed back, you turn around and head back to square one? Why do you quit instead of rest? If we changed our mindsets to understand that every journey will have setbacks, delays, and obstacles, we wouldn’t pack it up the moment we are rerouted.
You start a blog, and you're mad 3 months later when it hasn't reached the level you thought it would. You launch a product and nobody bought, so you're throwing a pity party for yourself. You want to start a business, but the thought of how long it would take to build, keeps you from building it. You want to make some more income for your children, but you use them as the very excuse for why you can’t do the damn thing. Sound familiar? Success is more about discipline than it is about talent. Let me say that again for the folks in the back.
The reason you aren't successful isn’t because of the things you don't know, but because of the things you don't do.
Let's be honest. Are you sitting on the sidelines watching everybody else get snatched, clear their skin, grow their brands, get edges, get married, get rich and wonder when it will be your turn? You're still standing in square 1, have not passed go and have not collected $200 dollars. Why? Our lack of discipline keeps us from finishing the trip, and our ego keeps us from listening. It's not going to work for me. I tried that already. I can't afford it. I don’t have the time to really dedicate to it. That only worked for her because she... blah blah blah. How many times have you made some form of excuse like this? Pretty often I bet, which is exactly why we stay where we are.
You’re waiting for an opportunity instead of creating one. You’re waiting for your life to change through a course, a customer, or a coach, instead of getting up and changing it yourself through your habits and your mindset. This is what I try to teach my ladies in group coaching, and this is what I hope to leave with you this month as we head into summer lituations. Success comes from the small things you do each day to move the needle and the grit to keep going.
If you want some more real talk, here are a few ways you can get the kick in the butt that you need to push through.
- Attend an event: Going to DC, Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando and LA.
- Register for my free virtual summit this week: Be Your Own Damn Influencer
- Partner with me as a brand ambassador and get coached for free
- Subscribe to my Youtube Channel (new video coming tomorrow.)
The pity parties are over. It's time for cookouts and consistency.
Your sometimes overworked and underwhelmed marketing mentor,
The Spark Notes (if you’re not into reading sentimental notes)
- Don't quit when you're halfway there because the journey is taking longer than you expected it to.
- Success comes from daily habits not coaching or courses.
- Stay connected with me on Youtube, at events, or as my business partner.