In the beginning was the word. It’s a well-known quote from the Bible. But it’s not just that. It’s the idea you have to think about. The words we use in our everyday life can tell much about us. They describe our actions, actually.
The vocabularies people use aren’t similar. For example, when you’re talking to a successful entrepreneur, you don’t hear words like “don’t know”, “afraid”, “hope”, etc. On the contrary, when you have a conversation with someone who is just at the beginning of their way, words like that are used in every sentence. And the most popular one is “later”.
This word is the most dangerous enemy of a newbie entrepreneur.
If you think your dreams are worth to come true, get rid of it immediately. And to not feel overwhelmed, try to split the word into parts and eliminate it from your life step by step —it might be longer, but definitely effective. Let’s start right now.
L is for Looking for the Leader
From the first day of our life, we always have someone responsible for our deeds and choices. At first, it is our parents. When they are absent, it is usually our nanny. After some years, it is teachers at school, then professors at college, then employers at work, etc. It’s comfortable, sure. But is it smart? Will it bring you to success? Do you really think someone knows better than you what you need? Doubtfully.
Thus, stop looking for a leader, or a mentor. Learn to carry responsibility by yourself. It is an important part of an adult mature life you have to accept if you truly aim to be successful. In case, you need someone to rely on, look for a partner, a person who will be ready to split the responsibility, not to take it away. Build relationships based on trust and equality.
Someone looks for the “daddy” as they think they are not bold enough. Nonsense! Just act and you’ll see how bold you’re when it is about making your dreams come true.
A is for Ambitious Promises
Many of us were taught that promising something is a feature of a decent person, a person who knows what friendship and responsibility mean. Evident truth, who would argue with it? I wouldn’t. But I will dare to pay your attention that the person who gives promises is responsible and decent only in case they keep it. Otherwise, they turn into an unreliable person who is overwhelmed with the promises they can’t keep.
So, do not give promises you can’t deliver. When talking to rich and successful people listen to what they say. They don’t promise you anything; they say they like the idea; they will support you and try to do their best. But no promises. It doesn’t mean you can’t rely on them. It only means they chose their words carefully and realize that not everything depends on them. This way, they don’t feel obliged and work with less stress.
Be responsible and reliable, but don’t paint yourself into a corner. Always think ahead.
Further Reading: 10 Skills You Must Have If You Are An Aspiring Entrepreneur
T is for Tiring Mess
Have you noticed how the minimalist way of life gets popular nowadays? It’s not just some kind of craze. It is a tendency that appeared as a consequence of the necessity to be organized. When there is a mess in all spheres of your life, you have to make thousands of insignificant choices every day. Which shirt to wear today? Which folder to open on the desktop? Which cup to use for your morning coffee?
Despite all these choices are minor, they require a lot of your sources, so when it comes to really important decisions you feel exhausted and want to postpone everything.
Remember, the fewer things you have to care about every day, the more sources you save for the ideas generating and working on your dream. Make your routine simple, organize your desktop—on the laptop and on the actual table, plan your next day activity in the evening, plan your meetings (even spontaneous ones, just leave 1 or 2 hours a day free), and create a comfortable space where nothing distracts you. This way your effectiveness will double as if by magic.
E is for Expectations
Dreaming is a good and right thing to do. Dreams keep us motivated. But there is the other side of the coin. Dreams make us think they will come true in the precise way we expected them to. And it rarely happens.
Do not let your hopes and expectations misrepresent the progress you’ve made. Try to act with no expectations. Just do your best.
If you expect too much, the reality might disappoint you and make you lose hope. On the contrary, if you have none expectations, you will evaluate the results objectively, and this way your motivation will be just stronger day after day.
No one said your life will happen exactly like you imagined. But it doesn’t mean it will be worse. It might be much better. Just don’t limit it with your narrow imagination.
Further Reading: 10 Hacks To Become A Successful Entrepreneur
R is for Ruinous Self-Pity
You probably met people who stated they didn’t love themselves and were kind of proud of it. Well, the truth is they lie—to themselves including. We love ourselves more than anyone around us, and it’s good as it’s the only way to a healthy and happy life. However, the excess of love leads to the self-pity.
We pity ourselves getting up in the morning and staying in bed for 20 minutes more. We pity ourselves when stop working—even if we feel inspired to continue—only because the work hours ended. We plan our vacation, but we neglect to plan our workday thinking it will plan itself somehow.
Love yourself, but be demanding. You can do much more than you think. You are way too stronger and talented than you can imagine. Use your inner resources to the fullest, and the success will follow.