Massive Leverage: How To Get Yourself To Do What You Know You Should Do

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Warriors, warriors, warriors,

I have been fixated like a **** on a **** analyzing the reasons that myself and probably you as well, do not take enough action on those things that we know we should. (The main reason is that we always leave a little "out" in our mind. We never truly decide. The literal definition of the word decide is to cut off from) And of course this all comes down to fear of the unknown, which is also obnoxiously paradoxical as the ONLY sure thing about the future is that it IS unknown.

We could embrace in philosophical tango all day, but as a great business genius once said "You can't eat philosophy". And he's right. So, I thought I would share with you a strategy I have used for quite some time that has served me well, and given me immense value. I hope you can use it in your own life.

Quite frankly getting massive leverage on yourself takes giant balls (or guts...sorry ladies!)

Here is what I did today to get massive, insane leverage on myself. Because of this one move, I have no choice but to face my fears and "get the job done". I will succeed, because I must.

Here is what I did:

First let me set it up by just letting you know that I am 25 years old, and have studied damn near every business and marketing text known to man. But never acted on anything. I want to go to Tokyo for one year, to condition my brain and body, and build solid habits. Basically shed my old environment, and transform myself.

Cost: $6000
Funds On Hand: $1000
The Plan: To peddle my expert e-commerce solutions to offline businesses for the injection of cash.
The problem: My letters, and emails have not produced results.
The resolve: Hit the streets
The fear: Walking the streets, and busting into chat with the owners.

The remedy:

What did I do today to get MASSIVE leverage on myself?

I used that $1000 to buy a one way ticket. ($800 actually).

You see, I am now "screwed". I MUST WIN. I have left myself no choice but to get my ass out the door, face my fears, and make the necessary sales. The pain of losing the money spent on the ticket, mixed with the excitement of actually HAVING the ticket has put me over the edge.

I can't lose. And you won't either if you have the belief and skills, but are still a little afraid to jump off the fence.

What have you done to apply massive internal pressure on yourself that you can share with the rest of us, and what COULD you do right now that would "seal your fate", and force yourself to deliver the goods? Could you make a public promise to friends and family? Could you buy a part of something, that forces you to finish by a certain time or you risk losing it all? Listen, when we HAVE to do something, we will find a way. Remember the story about a 100 pound woman lifting a car to save her son when the jack gave out while fixing a tire on the side of the highway? True or not doesn't matter. You can find a million stories, and most of them are right in your own life.

Yes this approach is risky. It takes guts....do you have the guts to stand for and against yourself, and say "This stops here! I am going to get this done no matter what it takes, and no ****ing way I am going to accept anything but victory, and I am going to prove it right now".

Human potential, and thus your potential is UNLIMITED. You may need to kick yourself in the ass, and a dirty leverage trick may just be the size 13 booty slap you need.

If you have any stories of applying leverage to your own life in order to achieve a goal, I would love to hear it. Hope this can help someone sitting on the fence, because in the end this post isn't about me...it's about you.

Thank you,

JD


P.S - There are 5 frogs sitting on a log. 4 decide to jump off. How many frogs are now on the log?
#leverage #massive
  • Profile picture of the author Clark
    Good luck dude!

    The answer to your P.S. question is 5 frogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Harry Spencer
    great call to action! I'm just getting things going and everything is starting to look good but I've definately been on that fence before.

    Good luck on your travels, the freedom to travel is one thing my Internet business is going to give me.

    Cheers, Harry
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  • Profile picture of the author shayne54
    I imagine traveling as a main part of my business model too. Waking up everyday in a different country...submitting my family to different cultures is a true dream for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author SergeantJoe
    Ballsy move. But sometimes it takes something like that to really get the ball rolling.

    All the best wishes to you and your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
    Originally Posted by jdmitchell View Post

    Remember the story about a 100 pound woman lifting a car to save her son when the jack gave out while fixing a tire on the side of the highway? True or not doesn't matter. You can find a million stories, and most of them are right in your own life.
    I don't know that exact story, but I've heard of people doing something like that. Probably because of adrenaline or something similar no?

    Anyways, your approach is definitely the "gun to the head" approach.

    Even if you have the "balls" to do this- it can always back fire, which would suck
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    • Profile picture of the author jdmitchell
      Originally Posted by MaskedMarketer View Post

      I don't know that exact story, but I've heard of people doing something like that. Probably because of adrenaline or something similar no?

      Anyways, your approach is definitely the "gun to the head" approach.

      Even if you have the "balls" to do this- it can always back fire, which would suck
      Yeah, realistically there is no way a 100lb woman can lift a 2000lb vehicle. Adrenaline or not. I couldn't even begin to know what spiritual or scientific logic allowed that to happen. But I do know that if we decide with all of our soul we are going to do something, we will pull it off 99 out of 100 times.

      And yes, it would suck real bad to **** this one up!!

      Thanks guys,

      Jd
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzyjeff
    JD,

    Man, Tokyo rocks. I've been there and I want to go back. It's New York City X10. At least you get to stay for 1 year.

    What is the answer to your puzzle? I want a complete explanation.

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author jdmitchell
      Originally Posted by jazzyjeff View Post

      JD,

      Man, Tokyo rocks. I've been there and I want to go back. It's New York City X10. At least you get to stay for 1 year.

      What is the answer to your puzzle? I want a complete explanation.

      Jeff
      Thanks man, I literally can't wait. As for the question, Clark already answered it above. What it means is you can decide to do something all day, but until you actually take action, you are still on the log...
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzyjeff
    JD,

    Got it now! They only DECIDED...but they haven't done it (jumped) yet. That's an awesome riddle and it totally describes many of us in internet marketing. I am at least trying and I hope one day I can make it big and kiss my 40hr/week job goodbye.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author TimRobinson
    I've found the most motivating way to want to start my own business is have a day job.

    To stretch it even further, get yourself a really really crappy day job (like be the dish pig of a mcdonalds/burger king working full time there) You'll be pounding away on your business every single night just to get the hell out of there
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  • Profile picture of the author DougBarger
    The riddle made me not want to be the only frog still sitting on the log.
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    • Profile picture of the author jdmitchell
      Originally Posted by DougBarger View Post

      The riddle made me not want to be the only frog still sitting on the log.
      Don't worry bro, nobody jumped off the log. You are still safe.
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