5 of 5 Pushing to Completion — “Suck It up and Execute”
Suck it up and execute.
When you make your mind up, do what you said you’ll do.
There are too many people who say they want to do something and then never take action.
So you actually want to do something or you just like to hear your own voice?
Some people do all that they can to avoid the work that they know needs to get done.
“People don’t get kept up at night by their dreams, they fall asleep and dream about them.” — Harrison Wendland
24 months later and I still think this is incredibly accurate.
People love the chatter. It’s a great feeling to have people slapping fives with you, congratulating you for ideas, and encouraging you to think big.
The reality is, you can only have so many of those types of people around you.
What you really need are people who know how to get results and can encourage you to do the same.
If you’re trying to start a business and your circle has 1. Never started a business and 2. Never made money outside of their 9–5, it’s going to be incredibly difficult for them to provide any sort of real strategic support that applies to the business that you’re trying to start.
While they could support you and provide encouragement, when it comes to their direct interaction, it might not go further than that.
What are you looking for? Something fun for a little while? Or something that will get the job done and something that is going to be sustainable?
It’s easy to talk.
It’s easy to dream.
It’s easy to plan.
It’s easy to support someone with your words.
Action Always Wins
I challenge you to find someone who’s started a business that’s netted over $10 million annually that has not worked more than 60 hours a week.
I would echo what so many have told me before, you can’t be working 40 hours a week to do this. Here’s what a few people have said:
“If you’re not working 90 hours a week, you won’t progress as you might expect, I just haven’t seen it happen. Top job usually goes to the person who distinguishes themselves as someone who gives a higher level of effort.” — Mark Parker
“If I’m asleep, somebody else is awake. If I’m off, somebody else is working. And if those things are happening, they think they can take me, which means that at some point in time they’re going to confront me to test and see if I’m ready. And at that point I will annihilate them to show them that they were never ready at all.” — Stephen A. Smith
Do we need more examples? Maybe. But, motivation falters. It’s discipline that is continuous. We all have times when we are unmotivated and when we do not want to do what needs to be done.
Ultimately, we can change our mind on what needs to get done and with new information that validates a different direction, that’s a power move. However, if the decision and plan continues to make sense, we need to continue to push forward and emphasize the actions needed for our results.
Everyone knows how to build a brick wall — one brick at a time.
Do the work.
Action Where it Matters
Why are we on earth?
One day we are all going to die. Period.
What are we going to do with our lives? How do we make the world a better place for the next generation? How do we live out our purpose? How do we live our calling?
“The world does not consider labor a blessing, therefore it flees and hates it, but the pious who fear the Lord labor with a ready and cheerful heart, for they know God’s command, and they acknowledge His calling.” — Martin Luther
“What was the last thing God asked me to do? Have I done it?” — Scott Auker
Why are you here? Find out. Then get back to work.
Take the first step today.
“I have enormous goals and desires — but if they’re not aligned with God’s vision for my life, they’re meaningless and a waste.”