First of all, power, money and pressure do not change you – they only magnify who you really are. They expose the real you, that person you try to conceal from the world. Get a little power, money or pressure, and the real you is exposed.
Most people experience turbulence and/or pressure while seeking to acquire money and power. When you declare who you are or what you want to be, life comes to test you and see what you are made of. This is why you must develop and cultivate a certain mindset. Life as a sole proprietor is not for the weak and feeble minded. Only the strong survive.
How do you have time for personal development when you are burdened with the affairs of everyday life? The key is to make time for that which really matters. A lot of us talk success, motivation and goals, but we don’t live it because we are easily distracted by things that add no value to us. Discipline is the first mark of any great leader. They have mastered the ability to say “NO,” not just to bad things but also good things that may not be right for them. It is indeed true that, as humans, we have the liberty to do whatever we feel like doing. However, everything you feel like doing is not beneficial for you. All actions have consequences.
You weigh your actions by what your goal or mission is in life. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds within 90 days, you have to watch your calorie intake, get proper exercise and rest. If you don’t do these things, you will never accomplish your goal because you are led by your feelings and not the objective of losing weight.
If you do not have discipline or control of your thoughts, emotions and actions, you will not experience long-term success in life. You will constantly hit and miss because you have no long term objective in mind. Discipline helps to keep you on track when you decide to embark on the path of success.
The first thing you must discipline is your mind. What do you think about daily? Are your thoughts programmed to the positive or negative? Do you see the glass half empty or half full? Do you focus on the things you have accomplished or things you have no control of? Do you call on the inner resources of your god-self or do you let your circumstances dictate your self-worth? Are you as bold as a lion or do you allow yourself to get punked? I think you get the point.
You are who you think you are. You become what you constantly think about. If you think you are a failure, you attract that reality into your life. Change your thinking to change your life.
One thing you must understand is that time equals money. If you do not respect time, you have disrespected money. There is no other way around it. I am not talking about a condition, but a state of mind. Poverty has nothing to do with your pocket; it has everything to do with your brain.
One idea can make you rich, but you must surround yourself with people who also can see themselves being rich, wealthy, healthy and wise. You must be sold out to the idea of success and be willing to do whatever to get it. You must hang out with people who are sold on the same idea or you will just be spinning your wheels.
Success will never come to the feeble, weak minded person. You must be strong because the odds are stacked against you. Will you stand up and take your rightful place among the elite or will you continue to wallow in defeat? Only you can decide.