Are you More Committed to Your Success or Your Struggle?

Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

Every day there’s a choice to move forward toward something better or stay right where we are now. It’s simply a choice of commitment. Are we more committed to bigger success or do we enjoy staying in The Struggle? ‘Struggles’ come in lots of disguises and provides a convenient excuse not to take action.

There’s the Time Struggle (I don’t have enough time to do this or learn that even though it will ultimately bring more free time). There’s the Money Struggle (I can’t afford to invest in this even though it will help me or my business). The Fear Struggle (I’m afraid to try). There’s even the Mindset Struggle (I can’t do this, it won’t work for me, I’m not worthy, etc.)

At times, the only thing that can break The Struggle cycle is pain. Some people won’t change until the pain is so intense they can’t stand it anymore. Is that really the optimal time to take action – when you are bleeding everywhere?  Why wait that long to change and endure that pain?

I was inspired to write this post after overhearing some participants talk at a conference this past weekend. The event shared multiple ways to grow your business and generate passive income with investments. Some people immediately took action to invest in mastering their skills, but most people didn’t – they stayed addicted to their Struggles and stuck exactly where they are now.

I see this with people I encounter in my own networking, too. They KNOW they should do something to grow their business, but they don’t. They choose to stay idle and predictable in place when they could have freedom and abundance with the right help. They could be making money which opens up endless possibilities to serve their family, community, and causes they support.

In an earlier post, I shared how companies with a business plan make at least 30% more income than those that don’t. Some people immediately connected with me to get on my schedule. Others said they would think about it and get back to me.

Let me de-mystify how easy it is to take action to help nudge you off the fence:

  • Expose the thing blocking you and holding you back
  • Take the first AND second steps
  • Commit to completion

Expose: What’s holding you back – lack of knowledge, confidence, money, support? Identify it and tackle it head on. Ignoring it doesn’t do anything but keep you in the struggle

Steps: Taking the first step is a start, but it is the second step that MOVES you forward. Think about walking. The first step just puts your leg out in front of you. Nothing happens until you move the second foot past the first foot. Decide what you need (a consultant, an exercise program, a virtual assistant, etc), and then actually go hire/do it to get it done.

Commit: Finish what you start. It’s easy to get stuck in the habit of incompletion and get detoured by the perceived struggles. Break the cycle and just finish what you start. Consistent progress is how things get done.

I encourage you to start the New Year without the struggles! I’m offering my best-selling book of inspirational true stories and my Business Plan specials one more time before year end for those who want to make at least 30% more income in 2016. Click the links for more information:

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Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker. Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 95 countries. Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.