Have you ever felt regret and found excuses for experiences, actions and adventures that you could have made happen and yet you didn’t?
What story would you tell your friends, family, children and grandchildren?
What story would you write in your autobiography?
All of us tell stories about ourselves because stories define us and help us connect with each other. Wouldn’t you agree that to know someone well is to know their story? To know the experiences that have shaped them, the lessons that life has taught them and the trials and turning points that have tested them.
When we want someone to know us, we share stories of our childhoods, our families, our school years, our work experiences, our friends, our passions and so on.
Fast forward to December 31st 2013 and think for a moment about the story you are going to tell yourself and repeat numerous times to others.
Will it be a story of…?
MASSIVE SUCCESS and how you made this the best year of your life.
REDEMPTION and how you turned your year around.
REGRET and how you let so many opportunities slip by.
EXCUSES and how tough the economy has been.
You must accept the reality that by the end of this year, your story will have already been written.
The narrative of your story will be a direct result of your inner dialog and corresponding performance.
The FACTS are simply this: when it comes to the fundamentals of your story, you are either a BUYER or a SELLER.
If your story is one of REDEMPTION and MASSIVE SUCCESS, then you are a SELLER.
You have sold yourself on the importance of discipline, commitment, and fortitude, and have stayed focused on driving your results in spite of the world of distractions and temptations that circle modern life.
If your story is one of REGRET, EXCUSES and UNDER-PERFORMANCE then you are a BUYER.
You have bought the same excuses that have led so many others down the pathway of mediocrity and disappointment.
You have bought into procrastination, lack of discipline, the nonsense masqueraded on TV and in newspapers about how bad things are and whatever else is your poison of choice.
To finish the year strong you must become a seller. You must sell yourself on the power of your goals, on your reasons why, and your vision for what is possible.
To be clear: You must begin working on a bigger, better and bolder story!
What’s the reason?
Because the CLOCK IS TICKING...less than 100 days remain until the end of this year.
You see, regardless of the nature of their actions, EVERYONE delivers results.
If you are currently below target, and your year-to-date performance is not where you know it should be, then you must acknowledge that your existing strategies are not working, and take immediate corrective action to close your performance gaps during these final days. Take courage as I am also experiencing the same, in fact this post is a reflection of how to ensure that I complete my projects on time!
It’s time to shine a flashlight on your soul, acknowledge that your current strategies are NOT working, and wake up to the fact that if you continue along this line of behaviour, the remainder of this year and your future is in serious jeopardy.
The hard fact is that if you are currently under-performing there’s ONLY one reason:
IT IS YOUR OWN FAULT!
Your year-to-date results aren’t dependent upon your background, your company, your spouse, the economy, the latest bestseller on the self-help charts and so on.
Your results ARE dependent upon, one thing…YOU and your ability to deliver, and right now you have NOT delivered the goods.
I would love to share with you these 7 insights:
1. Your results are a REFLECTION of your self-esteem and demonstrate what you believe to be true about yourself and what you are capable of.
2. Your results will NEVER be greater than the vision and beliefs you hold in your mind. Therefore small thoughts and limited beliefs will ONLY deliver small, unimpressive results.
3. Your results SHOWCASE to the world the depth of your commitment, initiative, creativity and passion.
4. Your results SCREAM volumes as to your ability to solve problems or perpetuate pain.
5. Your results TELL the world how you talk about yourself even when no one’s around.
6. Your results INFORM everyone who’s watching what you do or do NOT do every single day.
7. Your results are the NATURAL consequence of your behaviour and BEHAVIOUR NEVER LIES.
The good news is that there is still time to reach your goals, to redeem yourself and most importantly, to finish the year strong.
Your ability to finish the year strong is ultimately about character. It’s about turning a flashlight on your soul and examining yourself to find your will, courage and commitment.
The final chapter of your 2013 story is waiting to be written…
Is it going to be seen as the sad consequence of neglect, poor character, lack of direction and ambition, or will it be an inspiring example of talent put to good use in the intense pursuit of clearly defined year-end goals?
The 100 Day Challenge countdown of the year has already begun. Each day is important and I trust you will do everything in your power to make sure that every action you take will count towards achieving your goals. You know that every effort is worth it!
To your successful story!
Double Winner Awards Author of ‘The book on Success‘