Don’t just exist – excel!

Exist: to live.

Excel: To be exceptionally good.

Just looking at the two definitions which you would prefer? The definition of exist just sounds boring. Plain. Every day. But when you read the definition of excel, it just feels different. You can actually feel the difference between the two words.

So you might be sitting there reading this thinking “okay, yes, you’re right. I don’t want to just live and go through the motions. I want to create experiences and truly live the life I was destined to live…but how? What’s the key that separates that from what I’m doing now?”

You.

We are consistently our own biggest obstacle, and we must learn to get out of our own way. You wouldn’t start on a road trip without knowing where you were going or how you were going to get there, right? But in our daily lives – we do it every single day. The sad part about that is we’re not talking about a weekend road trip to Branson, we’re talking about our livelihoods, our futures, our ENTIRE lives! Why do we leave the most important things in our lives to chance?

Okay, so now what?

Evaluate where you are, determine where you want to go, and map out a plan to get there.

  • Step 1. Establish your goals. Be specific. Don’t just say “I want to be a better person.” or “I want to make more money.” Instead, say “I want to be an executive in my field, making at least $XXX per year, living in X city, by X (date).”  Be realistic, but aggressive. Most people don’t achieve great success NOT because they aim too high and miss…but because they aim too low and hit!
  • Step 2. Once you’ve established your long-term goals, break them down into smaller short term goals. If your long term goal deadline is 5 years from now…where do you need to be 4 years from now? 3 years? 1 year? 6 months from now? Once you’ve established those milestones, you’ll have a way of tracking your progress along the way. This will also give you the opportunity to celebrate victories along the way as well. (Celebrating your wins on the way to your goals is EXTREMELY important!)
  • Step 3. Don’t quit. You’re going to get discouraged. People are going to tell you that you’re crazy. You’re going to have doubt and fear. All of those are indicators of change! If you’re not feeling those from time to time, you’re not outside of your comfort zone and you’re not growing. These aren’t negative emotions! Channel that energy into your drive and your mission!
  • Step 4. Assign yourself an accountability partner. This goes hand in hand with Step 3. Your AP is someone that you trust and will keep you focused. One of the most effective ways to ensure your success in achieving a goal is to make it known publicly what you’re trying to accomplish. Once people know what you’re trying to do…they’ll be watching to see if you can do it…and this will serve as an additional motivator for you. (You don’t want people to see you quit…especially after they said you were crazy for attempting it to begin with!)
  • Step 5. Ask for help when you need it. Not one successful person ever achieved great success alone. Surround yourself with great people, and great things will happen for you! I guarantee it.

From now on…don’t just live. Excel!

As my mentor, Les Brown, says…”You have GREATNESS within you!”