5 frogs are sitting on a log.
4 of the frogs decide to jump off. How many frogs are left?
The correct answer is still 5. This is because there is a difference between deciding and doing. In life we make a lot of decisions. We decide it’s time to double profits in our business, time to start saving money, time to go to the gym, time to eat better.
Just as rapidly as we make that new decision we come up with a reason why we won’t follow through. We convince ourselves we’ll start tomorrow rather than taking the plunge today. We allow stories to get in the way of our greatness.
Here are THREE common myths costing you money, time and energy.
Myth One. It has to be perfect
If I got a dollar every time I had this thought or a client said it to me, I would be a millionaire. Sadly, there are far more people who die with the music still in them than those who are brave enough to share their dream, step up to the plate without needing every aspect of it to be perfect. Speed to market in business is crucial.
In the words of Napoleon Hill… “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
Myth Two. I need the motivation to take action first
This could not be further from the truth. If you are sitting around waiting for the motivation to start a marketing campaign or go door knocking to talk to new prospects you could very well be waiting for a lifetime. Motivation is the byproduct of taking action. Once you put the wheels in motion and start doing an activity that is when the motivation floods through you to propel you forward.
There will always be days when you don’t feel motivated to take the necessary action towards your goals. On those days implement the 2-minute rule. Commit to the activity for at least two minutes. I’m certain you find that you’ll feel motivated to continue on.
Myth Three. “It won’t work.”
This myth I find to be the most destructive. By saying it won’t work you are blocking any possible chances before you even begin. It’s ludicrous! How do you know it won’t work? What evidence do you have to prove it? The only way to accurately determine any outcome is to track the data. At least have the courage to try. Make a decision, test it out, if it doesn’t work then make some adjustments and try something else. Either way, you at least know for certain the result. Then you can tweak it and start again.
“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Next time you find yourself sitting on the log having made the decision to jump but still remain, shine the light on the stories you’re running and expose them for what they are… myths.