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3 Simple Things Help Us FAIL!

You'd be surprised to find out that 3 simple things help us fail. The bottom line, these 3 things prevent us from succeeding. Listen, I have a passion for helping people in their music business. I feel I'm knowledgeable enough to give advice, so I decided to become a consultant. Being a coach was an excellent way to show people how to get it right. To understand how to help others, I had to take a moment and look at myself. What is it that was keeping me from succeeding? And it turns out, I wasn't the only one having this problem.

Simple Thing #1

I'll be the lab rat to explain what I went through and what I learned. I've always been able to come up with great ideas, but I also used to get distracted a lot. I would add other things to my plan and begin a new brainstorm session. My thoughts then start to scatter, and the original idea gets overwhelmed. When it would be time to define what I wanted to do, I'd be so overwhelmed with so many thoughts that I would try to explain it all. I would try to do too much. Now people around always suggest to focus on one thing, but my brain doesn't work that way. And apparently, I'm not alone.

My Diagnosis: I was suffering from an Unclear Vision. I've had this happen to me for a long time. Maybe, the effects of knowing too much, huh!

My Treatment: I figured out a way to combine many of my ideas together using their shared elements to produce measurable goals for desired results. Next I took action.

Simple Thing #2

You ever get that feeling that you have to do everything yourself and so you try to, it eventually seems to get you nowhere, and you begin to feel "stuck"? Ugh. Most of all, you're working hard but not seeing the results? You know, I'm always willing to try new things, and I would try to do as much as I could to feel like I was getting things done. I had some good habits to help me stay organized, which I felt was a good thing. I used to create a "to-do-list" to keep me on task. My problem was that it was always 25+ items long. None of which really focused on what I really needed to accomplish or too many things I felt I needed to be doing to achieve my goals. My schedules would be full to the max, and I'd get super busy. Running myself into exhaustion and burnout. You know the feeling?

My Diagnosis: Like so many others, I was suffering from Unclear Objectives.

Too many "things to do" and not enough focused on getting something accomplished. Feeling overwhelmed but letting my pride get in the way to say I didn't need any help or assistance. Being super busy with "stuff."

My Treatment: I found that there are a lot of busy people out there, but they are not being productive. I finally stopped myself from being so busy. A subject I speak about now called "Stop being busy and start being productive." This concept allows me to teach, in 3 simple steps, how to create and execute the short term activities to accomplish my long term goals. No more burnout and no more not having enough time in a day.

Simple Thing #3

To be honest, sometimes, I wouldn't even do specific tasks because my "to-do-list" was so overwhelming that I couldn't... better yet... didn't set aside the time. I would just push it along on the calendar and set a new due date. Lousy time management played a huge part in my non-productive ways and created a more profound void in my life, and the dream of succeeding started slipping away. This was about 5 years ago.

All these little things I was overlooking or waiting for the last moment to address was hindering my success. It was making me reactive to situations rather than following the plan I set forth. You remember being in school and your teacher telling you that you have a paper that needs to be turned in by a specific date in the far future? I know you remember this. So let me ask you this? When did you start writing the paper? Hmm?

I'll wait...

Some of you gave yourself ample time, and the rest did it with the clock ticking. Probably the night before and stayed up all night to complete it. Sound familiar? Just like the ladder, I wasn't giving myself the adequate time not to feel rushed into completing a task, and in business, this can be detrimental to the future of the company.

My Diagnosis: I was suffering from chronic Procrastination.

My Treatment: Stop wasting my own time and focus on setting a doable plan that leads to the completion of my goal, with ample time to spare for corrections. It's one thing to be known to get a task done, it's another to be known to getting it done ahead of all expectations.

Legendary Personal Development Speaker and Mentor, Jim Rohn said, "What is easy to do is also easy not to do." How true this statement is.

Napoleon Hill, the author of "Think & Grow Rich," said, "a big success is made up from a great number of little circumstances each of which may seem so small and insignificant most people pass them by as not being worthy of notice."

I figured out why most businesses fail, and most of all, why I was failing. It was those 3 simple things: I had unclear visions, unclear objectives, and I procrastinated. Over the years, I've studied and worked on better productivity, narrowing down my things to do, and thinking about the vision in everything I did. These 3 things were not easy to correct, and I didn't have a mentor to teach me how to do it. I had a willingness to succeed and saw the adverse effects in my life if I continued the way I was going.

Something had to change. I had to change.

I took off layers from my central vision and focus on what I precisely wanted to gain. I began forming all my ideas around just that one goal. I detailed my tasks to only 6, which would be the most productive and of the highest priority to reach my goal, and then I immediately got started on the most important one. It changed my life, and I decided it was time to start helping others improve theirs. Success is great, and it's even better when other people get to experience it too.

"Excellence is the minimum."

Now make it yours.​

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