Making Progress Is Messy.

You don’t have to get it right the first time. You just have to keep trying. Perfection isn’t the goal. Getting to where you want to be is the goal.Often that is an ugly process. It’s messy. Full of the human things that cause frustration and confusion.You’re going to make mistakes along the way.

The Mistake Of Believing That They Are Smarter Than You.

Think about the rules and conventional wisdom you have adopted to help you run your life. You believe that if you have more money that you will have fewer problems.You believe that you can’t get a decent job without an advanced degree.You believe that you shouldn’t feel good about yourself unless your body is sexy.You believe that the better you are at following these, the more assured you are of success.

Don’t Waste Your Life Being Reasonable.

Life isn’t reasonable. It’s not reasonable that some people are born into a lifetime of abject poverty while others are birthed with a silver spoon in their mouth.It’s not reasonable that bad people get away with horrible crimes while others who try to bring justice to the helpless are taken advantage of.

Your Bad Habits Are Costing You Greatness.

Don’t pretend like you’re interested in changing your life when you’re not willing to get up a little bit earlier each day to make that change start the stick. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that tomorrow is going to be any different than today if you’re not doing something different today that will change tomorrow.

When You Talk About Wanting To Achieve Greatness.

Greatness isn’t a status. It’s an attitude. It’s not one particular thing you achieve. It’s the consistency with which you maintain momentum heading towards your goal.It is measured by the focus you apply to perfecting the details. It’s magnified by the speed and sincerity with which you apologize for your mistakes along the way.

Your Facts Are Just A Bad Perspective.

Your reality isn’t a fact. It is just your perspective. What you consider to be ordinary and normal, other people are guaranteed to see as obscure and special.

Your perspective is shaped over the years of your life. Your specific circumstances and upbringing play a major influence in how you interpret the world around you.A bad day for you in a first world country might be the dream of a lifetime for someone in a third world country just trying to stay alive.

It’s You That Is The Problem.

Most business problems have nothing to do with business. Most leadership problems have a little to do with leadership.Most of these challenges stem from personal flaws.In other words, the greatest benefit you can give to your business is to grow yourself. To round out your rough edges.

Your Truth Will Come Out.

There aren’t many secrets you will die with. The truth about life and your pursuit of success is that the truth eventually comes out. If you’ve been living a lie, you’re guaranteed to be discovered — even if it takes decades.If you’re feeling undiscovered and discouraged by a lack of recognition, know that your hard work and consistent focus will pay off eventually

Are You Willing To Change?

You think you want to win. But ego has a strange way of blinding you to poor behavior.You say you want to win. But usually that means you want the thing you’re doing right now to be a winning thing.You don’t want your process or ideals to be questioned. You don’t want to believe that your critics might be right.

Live Like It’s Your First Day.

Live like you’ve never been hurt before. Like you’ve never taken a chance and fallen flat on your face.Live like each investment of your time and money yields magnificent results.Live expecting your love and attention to come back to you tenfold.You’ve often heard people tell you to live like it’s your last day on earth.

Don’t Do It.

Never expect anyone else to work harder than you are.

Never build your business plan around getting lucky.

Never make decisions based on ego or embarrassment.

Never let yourself stay in a bad mood.

Never stop sweating the details and deadlines. …….

Is It Really Worth It?

You can always find something to distract you. Even if you’re not looking for a distraction, it’s easy to waste time being distracted.Sports and school, work, weekend plans, and family — they all have a way of momentarily costing you momentum.You’re busy doing things that get you closer to where you want to be when unexpected distractions force you to stop and focus your attention on something else.

You Don’t Need A New Day.

Go ahead. Make a resolution to be better. Use the new year as an opportunity to find greatness. Do what you should have done last year right now. Get started being busy.Make no mistake though; it’s not a new year you’ve been looking for. It’s not a new day that you’ve been needing.It’s desire. A deep craving for success.

Earning Hope.

Having hope changes everything. It gives you the courage to try something new. It gives you the stamina and endurance to keep working even when it seems like what you’re doing isn’t paying off right now.Hope gives you a potential ending to your story.It’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The understanding that what you’re going through right now, the pain and fear and struggle — they aren’t forever.

Trading Lies For Awesome.

You say you’re working hard enough. But are you? You say you care about other people. But do you? Really?You say that you’re continuing to learn and grow and evolve. But are you?Or are you just telling yourself lies to feel better about the state of your life?

It’s Guaranteed Not To Happen.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that because you’re not successful yet that you’ll never be.That because you aren’t where you want to be right now that everything you’ve done so far has been a waste of your time.There’s no way around it.

Anthony Iannarino: Headstrong. [Podcast]

Being called “headstrong” usually isn’t a compliment. It’s the polite way to say that you’re stubborn. Unwilling to change. Persistent enough that it’s getting underneath the skin of those around you. But when you take a deeper look at this idea of being headstrong you realize the brilliance of the terminology. Strong mind. Strong goals. Strong vision. Headstrong.

You’ll Never Really Feel Like It.

“Not feeling like it” isn’t a good excuse. You’ll never feel like doing the hard things. Or the uncomfortable things.Why would you?You’ve been avoiding those sort of activities for some time now. And you’ll never feel like it’s a good time to get started working on them.

Maybe It’s Time To Stop Lying.

It takes courage to be honest about how you’re living your life. You don’t want to have to admit to yourself that you haven’t been putting in the effort that your goals demand.You don’t want to have to admit that instead of digging deep, you’ve just been going through the motions.