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You cannot reach huge goals while putting things off until later. Action will always win over thinking.
Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you’ve probably heard this word before. Mañana means tomorrow.
Question: “When will you do what you need to do?”
That’s the answer most people will give, and it’s probably the answer you give yourself more often than you care to admit, right?
Whenever you put off doing something until tomorrow that could be done today, you’ve de-prioritized that thing. The problem is, some of what you value most in your life is getting continually de-prioritized. Because if it really was a priority, you’d be working on it today. If you hadn’t procrastinated, you’d have hit your goals already and be on to bigger and better things.
Why don’t you have $20 million dollars yet? Because you have procrastinated investing in yourself with the right tools to help you get there. I’m not saying you’re lazy, you’re just not frequent enough.
Procrastination can take many forms, and you justify it by telling yourself you’re “planning” as opposed to making an impulsive, spontaneous decision.
In life, especially in the times we are living in …
You cannot have power without speed.
You cannot have conviction with doubt.
You cannot reach huge goals while putting things off until later. Action will always win over thinking. I guarantee that the problems you have right now are not because of your age, it’s because of waiting.
If you fail, at least swing the bat. All the best baseball players struck out many times before they hit any home runs. Frequency of actions is what gets you proximity to success.
You’re not suffering because you’re taking too much action – you don’t take enough action. Procrastination costs money, doubt and self-esteem.
A lot of people spend time thinking about ROI. They want to do “research.” Have you ever thought about the best things that happened in your life? Were they researched or did they happen naturally?
Do you become a father before you are a father?
Do you become successful before you are successful?
You learn these things after you do them. You correct and make changes during the actions.
How many people pass on their first decisions? You don’t want to add time to your decisions. Speed wins, not logic. Taking actions immediately allows the most successful to design the future they desire.
Operate with urgency. Life happens today, not sometime in the future. You’re spending too much time thinking! Shorten your perspective and take more actions. I would rather scream about something that’s not right than something that doesn’t exist yet. If I need my team to put up a new website, I don’t want to talk about it for days. I want to get it up and start promoting immediately. Sure, there will be problems, but we’ll figure it out as we go!
There is no reason to slow down. If anything, you need to speed up. There’s no speed limit in life and you need to start stepping on the gas. There exists only two times for the successful: now and the future.
The unsuccessful spend most of their time in the past and regard the future as an opportunity to procrastinate. “Now” is the period of time that successful people utilize most often to create the futures they desire.
You cannot do what unsuccessful people do, which is use any excuse they can think of to put off the tasks they should be completing immediately. Instead, you must acquire the discipline, muscle memory and achievements that result from taking massive action – while others think, plan and procrastinate.
The successful understand that they must keep taking actions now – they’re well aware that procrastination is the ultimate weakness. Don’t do it mañana. Get to where you want to go in life … and do it now.
A New York Times bestselling author, Cardone is the world’s No. 1 sales trainer and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media and finance. His privately-held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named him No. 1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017.” He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, and MSNBC and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider, CNBC, and Entrepreneur. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.
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