Achievements start with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude. Here are some of the things extraordinarily successful people say every day—and how those statements spur them to take actions that lead to greater success:
“No one else is willing to that – so that’s what I will do.”
Often, the easiest way to be different is to do what other people are unwilling to do. Pick one thing the other people won’t do. It can be small. Doesn’t matter. Whatever it is do it instantly. You’ll be a little different from the rest of the pack. Then keep going. Every day, think of one thing to do that no one else is willing to do. After a week, you’ll be uncommon. After a month, you’ll be special. After a year, you’ll be incredible, and you definitely won’t be like anyone else.
“Wow – That wasn’t so bad, after all.”
The most paralyzing fear is fear of the unknown. Yet nothing ever turns out to be as hard or as scary as we think. Plus, it’s incredibly exciting to overcome fear. You get that, “I can’t believe I just did that!” rush, a thrill you may not have experienced for a long time. Everyday do something a little scary, whether physically or emotionally.
“I can’t do everything today… but I can take one small step.”
You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something. Every day we let hesitation and uncertainty stops us from acting on our ideas. Pick one plan, one goal, or one idea. And get started. Just take one small step. The first step is by far the hardest. Every successive step will be a lot easier.
“I should just be quiet.”
I used to talk a lot. I thought I was insightful and clever and witty and, well, a real hoot. Occasionally, I might even have been one of those things. Most of the time I was not. Truly confident people don’t feel the need to talk. While I hate when it happens, I still sometimes realize I’m not talking because the other person is interested in what I have to say but because I’m interested in what I have to say. Never speak just to please yourself. When you do, you please no one.
“I don’t care what other people think”
Most of the time, we should worry about what other people think—but not if it stands in the way of living the lives we really want to live. If you really want to start a business which you can do in just a few hours, mind you—but you’re worried that people might say you’re crazy, do it anyway. Pick one thing you haven’t tried because you’re concerned about what other people think or say, and just go do it. It’s your life. Live it your way.
“ I’ll show you”
I’m ashamed to admit it, but one of the best ways to motivate me is to insult me—or for me to manufacture a way to feel insulted, regardless of whether I’m actually justified in feeling that way or not. “Justified” is not the point; fueling my motivation to do whatever it takes to prove that person wrong, and, more importantly, achieve what I want to achieve is all that matters.
“It’s not perfect…and I’m OK with that.”
Yes, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Yes, perfection is the only acceptable outcome. Unfortunately, no product or service is ever perfect, and no project or initiative is perfectly planned. Work hard, do great work and let it go. Your customers will tell you what needs to be improved, and that means you’ll get to make improvements that actually matter to people.
“I should have done better.”
We’ve all screwed up. We all have things we could have done better. Words. Actions. Omissions. Failing to step up, step in, or be supportive. Successful people don’t expect to be perfect, but they do think they can always be better. So think back on your day. Think about what went well.
“That’s OK. I’ll just outwork them.”
Like Jimmy Spithill, skipper of America’s Cup- winning Team Oracle USA, says, “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” You may not be as experienced, as well funded, as well connected, as talented. But you can always out think, out hustle, and outwork everyone else.