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Succeed – Day 24 – Why a little so-called ‘hard work’ on the right things makes your life so much easier.

So now you know the antidote to fear…ACTION.

Did you take courageous action yesterday toward your goals? I know you can.

You know what some people find the hardest obstacle actually?? The fear of their OWN self-criticism.

Most ALL of us at some point avoid taking action because we don’t want to let OURSELVES down if it doesn’t go right.

Sometimes we can be absolutely ruthless on ourselves.

If you are facing the fear of your own inner judge pummeling you with mean words if you don’t do it just right…its time to take a stand for yourself!

You can do it. The same cure applies for ALL fear…ACTION CRUSHES FEAR.

And when you do ACT, and it doesn’t go perfectly…tell that pesky judge in your head to just take a hike!

You know the truth now!! This truth: failing is critical to your success!

You now know you MUST fail! And because you know that – your inner judge just lost a bunch of its power over you.

The truth always sets you free.  

Keep it up.

Now let’s talk about the amazing things that happen when you PERSIST in taking action and doing the ‘hard work’.

Whenever we start on a new path, a new journey, a new goal, it’s exciting, scary, and often QUITE HARD.

But persistence is the magic that takes us to new heights.

Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke this beautiful truth: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m certain you’ve noticed this in your life…for many things we just think, “Oh that’s easy!” but it wasn’t always that way.

You tie your shoes without even thinking about it!

You speak beautifully with ease and you probably don’t even remember how you learned to do that!

Yet that skill required years of persistence to perfect.

So as you embark on the adventure toward new, exciting, and challenging worthy goals, and you find the path HARD…remember that truth.

It always gets easier with persistence.

And another thing…persistence will turn you into an unstoppable force for good in the world.

So where do you get this magical persistence??

The initial energy to persist comes directly from your worthy goal.

You just need to make sure 1) Your goals are clear and written down, and 2) Your goals align with the true YOU.

We talked about finding alignment through WRITING and asking yourself the question WHY as many times as necessary.

If you find yourself struggling to persist in your goals…a good thing to do is go back to your WHY.

Ask yourself “why did I choose this goal?” Write these things down.

Remembering clearly why you do what you do is a great source of energy when you feel like throwing in the towel.

Interestingly, “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure,” according to Napoleon Hill, who interviewed thousands of the highest achievers of the 20th century.

You can heat water all the way to 211 degrees Fahrenheit and will just be hot water. But increase the temperature just ONE more degree to 212, and it boils and turns to steam.

Major breakthroughs in our life usually only happen after we have persisted, holding focused heat on one spot for a long time.

Once you get water boiling, you can turn the heat down and it will just keep on boiling away.

Same thing happens with everything in life.

When we persist long enough we inevitably arrive at the tipping point, where our mastery and our habits enable us to make amazing things seem easy.

Kind of like talking…we just make it look so natural!

But watch any baby to be reminded it is anything BUT easy to pick up that skill.

So remember that when the going gets tough…and persist! Even if your initial plan fails.

If your goal is worthy and it’s true to YOU – you WILL find a way.

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.” – Napoleon Hill

And you may need to come up with 20 new plans! If it’s important, you’ll find a way.

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

So stay true to the small self-discipline of daily priority focus!

This habit of clearly Deciding, Writing, and Doing the small simple things daily keeps you centered on what truly matters – and then the energy and drive to persist will just well up from within you.

This habit you are creating is opening amazing doors you have no way of seeing right now.

This habit will keep you accountable and free from excuses – another huge factor in succeeding.

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

Keep it up! Be true to YOU.

Make Today Amazing!