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Avoid This Sneaky Excuse to Experience Growth and Exponential Success

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It’s hard work to start, stay consistent, and commit to the growth work that helps you accomplish your goals and create success. You encounter external obstacles that feel as if they’re too great to handle. You battle inner demons and the limiting beliefs that have the power to spiral your mind to a place of not taking action.

In your mind, you know that creating success and accomplishing your goals is a worthy pursuit, but fear and your past experiences make you question the decision to live an elevated life. As you start thinking about what you need to do and when you need to do it, excuses often creep come to the surface. 

One of the biggest and most dangerous excuses you could entertain is saying, “I’ll start tomorrow.” You put off taking action and tell yourself you’re going to start the path to accomplishing your goals tomorrow. Telling yourself that you’ll start tomorrow quiets the voice that tries to call you out. It’s a way to instantly feel good and give yourself a reason to continue the unhealthy habits that keep you stuck. 

I don’t need to tell you what happens because you’ve lived this scenario too often — tomorrow comes, and it gets easy to use that excuse again and again. Before you know it, “tomorrow” was six months ago, and you’re still in the same place. You’re miserable as you acknowledge what you already know in your heart.

It’s time to stop putting off successful habits and accomplishing your goals. Don’t let months pass before doing something today about your goals, dreams, and vision for your life. 

Here’s why you should shatter the tomorrow excuse if you’re serious about achieving success. 

You’re training your mind to believe your excuses are valid

The human mind is an organ that’s capable of adapting. If you train it to embrace high-performance, you’ll have the power you need to keep taking action. If you allow your mind to entertain excuses, you won’t get far in life. 

When you tell yourself you’ll start tomorrow, you’re training your mind to accept the excuses you make as valid. Your mind thinks it’s standard to put off the action you should be taking action on. This is not healthy and one of the reasons too many people don’t achieve success. 

There’s a better way to train your mind — that way is by saying no to putting off the work that leads to your best life. Don’t let the “start tomorrow” excuse have any part of your mind and journey to creating success.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

You’ll feel terrible about yourself if you keep delaying progress

Listening to the start tomorrow diversion tactic, will give you a short sense of relief, but that’s temporary. When tomorrow comes, and you see that you’ve delayed taking action, you’ll feel guilty, frustrated, and a sense of loss. Progress is one of the best ways to stay motivated to take action. When you see that you’ve accomplished a goal, you’re inspired and hungry for more. Delaying progress by giving into the mindset of starting tomorrow is not how you’ll live an unlimited life.

Today is the best opportunity to start

Life is unpredictable, and no one knows when it will end. Your best opportunity to create success doesn’t happen when you put off taking action. Today is your best chance to put in the work to accomplish your goals. Right now is your best window to start. It would be great to predict the future and have all the time you needed to put in the work, but that’s not reality. You have to make the best out of the circumstances you’ve been given. Tomorrow may never come, so don’t delay doing what it takes to accomplish your goals. 

“When you’re good at making excuses, it’s hard to excel at anything else.” – John Mason

You’ve waited too long to step into your power

I don’t know what you’re up to in life, but I do know there has probably been some delay going on in your success journey. It’s common for every human being at one point in life. Life is short, and your dream life has waited too long for you to step into your power. 

The sooner you put in the work — the closer you’ll be to seeing your vision become a reality. If you keep giving in to the excuse that you’ll start tomorrow, your power will diminish, and you’ll walk up one-day realizing time and life have passed too quickly. 

It’s a great time to work, take action, and make progress that aggressively inspires you to pursue a life of success. You could start tomorrow, but inside of you, there’s a voice screaming not to delay. Success happens with deliberately taking action and shattering excuses.

Bobby Barr is a serial entrepreneur that has 34 years of real-world experience helping businesses increase revenue and build brand authority. He's a business growth strategist that gets results for his clients. His work has been featured in Yahoo Finance & News, Thrive Global, Good Men Project, USA Today, Fox News, NBC, Marketwatch, Medium, and many more. He’s worked with companies all over the world. Join him at https://bobbybarr.co.uk/.

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7 Ways to Share Your Story on Social Media

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Content marketing is “A type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products or services”. In other words, explicit marketing is simply saying “buy my stuff!” whereas content marketing is the art of persuading people to do so through storytelling. (more…)

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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