I was having a conversation with a friend in the music business the other night and he mentioned how difficult it can be for an artist to break through and “climb the mountain” that another artist has already climbed. In other words, if a “Carrie Underwood” has reached the peak of the mountain, other aspiring females will have a hard time climbing that same mountain.

It got me to thinking…this is really the case in a number of scenarios we’ll face throughout our lives. Right? I mean, there will always be someone in the job that we want or living the dream we have for ourselves. It’s in these moments that, so called, 1%’ers are defined.

Here’s what I mean.

Let’s stick with his “mountain” analogy. When you get to the point that you feel you’re never going to be able to reach the peak because the person/people that are already there have cornered the industry, keep knocking you back down, things don’t work out the way you want, or any of the excuses we are able to come up with…you really have 3 options.

  1. Quit. Just give up, go home, accept defeat, allow your self-limiting beliefs to win and continue to live your life by default instead of by design. (Not recommended)
  2. Wait. You can sit at the bottom of the mountain, in your current position, and wait for them to move on or die. (Also not recommended)
  3. Create your own mountain. You can look at their mountain and establish the mindset and belief that if THEY were able to create this world for themselves and achieve great things through whatever means necessary, then those same opportunities, powers, and abilities are available to you! (Become a member of the 1%)

The biggest difference between the super successful and the people that “fail” is the moment they decide to quit. If you want what other people have, you have to be willing to do more than they’ve done. 99% of people quit before they get to this point, because it’s hard. We were created to do great things and live a life of prosperity and abundance…nowhere does it say it will be easy. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Throughout history, the greatest successes begin out of failure. It’s just extremely important to remember that failure is an event, not a person. In fact, like Tony Robbins teaches, there is really no such thing as “failure” – only results. While, they may not be the results we were hoping for, but they’re results none the less. So we adjust and try again from a different perspective or with a new approach. And again. And again. And again.

Thomas Edison has 10,000 failed experiments before ever successfully creating the lightbulb. Ten thousand!! When asked about it, he says “I didn’t fail 10,000 times, I created 10,000 ways NOT to make a lightbulb.”

Others may be able to stop you temporarily, you’re the only one that can do it permanently.

“Go so far as you can see and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.” – Zig Ziglar

The same energy sources that keep the earth rotating on its axis and revolving around the sun, and the tides coming in and going out, exist within you. Everything you will ever need to succeed beyond your own wildest dreams and imaginations exists in endless supply in the universe.

Think about it…there is an endless amount of money and wealth in the universe. Wealth exists in the universe in an infinite supply. The only thing standing between you and your hefty share is the self-limiting belief that you can’t get it, won’t get it, shouldn’t have it, or don’t deserve it.

Remember…mountains don’t just pop up overnight, but if you’re consistent and intentional, before you know it, you’ll be sitting atop a peak that even YOU didn’t know could, would, and should exist!

Go build your own moutain!