Are you doing everything you can do to achieve what you say you want? Are you sure?
Think of something you say you really want in your life.
Maybe it’s a better job.
Maybe it’s a trip to Fiji.
Maybe it’s finally getting out of debt.
Maybe it’s a more loving relationship with your spouse.
Maybe it’s losing 20, 50, or 100 pounds.
Maybe it’s buying a sweet cabin on a lake (this one’s mine, but you can want it, too, if you like).
Ok, here comes the million dollar part:
I recently read this brilliant question in a book called Supercoach by Michael Neill (personally I think this one question alone is worth buying the book, FYI):
“If you knew that you were going to be paid a million dollars for the successful achievement of whatever it is you say you want in your life, what would you do differently to go about getting it?”
I hope by know you’ve figured out the million dollars I was going to give you is just a mental exercise. Sorry, I had to get you to listen to this episode somehow.
So, if I paid you a million dollars to get off your butt and go get that thing you say you want, what would you do?
Let’s assume that money is not what’s actually holding you back (although you often think it is). For example, It would be really easy to say “Well, I’d launch a new business…or I’d go after that big job I really want…or I’d ask that beautiful person out on a date…if you paid me a million bucks.” That would be true if what you really wanted was available. But usually what you want is NOT readily available at your fingertips, so now what?
Rethink your strategy. You only THINK you’re doing everything you can to get what you want, but that’s not really true, is it? Whenever I’ve asked someone the question, “Are you doing EVERYTHING you can to make it happen?”, there hasn’t been a single person who could honestly answer yes. The answer is usually “No, but…” followed by a laundry list of excuses.
Let’s use your dream job as an example, whether that’s working for yourself or someone else. The point is that you don’t have it right now. Are you doing everything you can to make it happen? Probably not.
If you were, you’d be gaining as much experience as you can. You’d be getting coaching from someone who’s already doing what you want to do. You’d be getting out of debt so you can make the leap with as little risk as possible. You’d be building a team of supporters around you who absolutely won’t let you fail no matter what. You’d be doing your current job to the absolute best of your ability so you can move on to the next thing at the top of your game instead of the bottom.
Those are just a few examples. There are more. Lots more.
We’ve all got good excuses: A) The job I want isn’t open or doesn’t exist. B) I don’t want to bug my boss. C) My husband or wife doesn’t understand. D) I don’t have the skills I need yet. Oh, I could go on and on.
But if I paid you a million dollars to make it happen, somehow I think you could figure out a way to make every excuse go away pretty quickly.
You know you don’t really need a million dollars to get rid of your excuses, right? When you REALLY want something, like deep down in your core, you don’t make excuses, you make it happen.
Now the really fun part: I just gave you a million dollars to make your excuses go away. What’s the first thing you would do to achieve what you really want? Do that right now.