I read a lot of posts from time to time where people ask for advice on various things on this forum and others.
It's a good thing to ask others if you need help on something.
We all need a little bit of help sometimes.
I sure did and still do to this day.
While asking for advice is a good idea there is something else you need to be aware of...
And that is something called TAKING ACTION!
Once you've received enough information to help you solve your challenges, it is absolutely vital to take massive action towards achieving your goals.
Taking action is one of the best forms of learning because when you're taking action you are actively involved in the process whereas with reading or watching a video you are just absorbing information.
Taking action helps you take ideas and bring them to life, your life.
As a result you feel more happy, fulfilled, empowered etc.
Don't worry about making mistakes or things not working out perfectly. Nothing in life is perfect. The important thing is to take action, try things out.
If you make a mistake or something doesn't work as you expected then make some small changes and trying doing something different until you get the results you want.
In order to achieve your goals at some point you need to make some sacrifices.
Almost everyone who has ever achieved anything worthwhile has made some kind of sacrifice in their life at some point.
For e.g. if you want to write a book but spend 5 hours a day watching TV or on Facebook then how are you going to achieve your goal?
You cannot keep doing things the same way and expect to get different results.
You have to decide whether what you're doing right now with your time is helping you move closer towards your goals or away from your goals.
If the way you're spending your time right now is moving you away from your goals then maybe it's time you considered making some sacrifices.
Maybe it's time you considered giving something up in the short term so you can be happier in the long term.
Let me give you an example...
When I first learnt about Copywriting I decided to learn it from a coach or a mentor. I committed to a 6 months course (which extended to 7 months due to holidays) which consisted of assignments every other week.
Because I was really interested in getting the best out of this course I decided to stop watching TV for the duration of the course.
Now some people might find this very difficult to do but for me it was easy because I was so interested in completing this course and giving it my best shot.
I decided to make a short term sacrifice of staying away from TV in order to spend time on achieving my goal at the time which was to complete that course in Copywriting.
So at the end of the 6 months was it really worth sacrificing TV in order to achieve my goal?
My answer to that question is: Absolutely!
Sacrificing 6 months of watching TV in order for me to a learn a skill that I could use for the rest of my life was a great investment and sacrifice well worth it in my humble opinion.
Completing that course gave me the foundations I needed to write all kinds of sales materials.
It gave me the ability to convince people to take any type of action.
Since then I've made many more sacrifices in terms of sacrificing social time with friends, sometimes even family time.
I've invested a lot into courses to help me get to a level where I can write sales copy that generates money for people.
All these sacrifices helped me to achieve the following results in my life:
Copywriting has helped me in part to win over my spouse.
I can communicate in ways that I have never been able to before.
I am a much happier person
I feel so much more empowered.
I look forward to waking up each day.
I can help more people.
I can add more value to the world.
Since then I've gone on to land some great clients who came back to me several times for repeat work.
All this would not have been possible had I not made that initial sacrifice.
Now, I'll admit that staying away from TV for a whole six months is probably not an easy task for everyone and it might not be necessary to stay away from it completely.
The main thing to be aware of is that the more time you spend on activities which are not bringing you closer to your goal is time which you could have spent moving closer to your goal. As long as you understand this principle you will be fine.
So now it's your turn...
What is it that you want to achieve in the next 5-10 years?
What goals will help to make you a happier more fulfilled person?
What goals will help you become financially better off and more empowered?
If there's something you've been putting off for a while and its' making you frustrated then maybe it's time to think about making some sacrifices.
I'm not saying it has to be TV. I chose TV because I felt I was wasting my time on that particular activity.
What you choose can be anything that you feel you spending time on that is not getting you closer to your goals.
How many hours can you realistically sacrifice a day on things which are not moving you closer to your goals?
You are the best judge of that.
Once you've decided how much you can realistically sacrifice then get to work. Start working on your goal.
Monitor your progress. Keep a diary of how much you are able to achieve with your new found time.
I guarantee you by making a little sacrifice every day you will move closer to your goals.
Once you achieve your goals you might start to lose interest in the things which never brought you closer to your goals and identify other activities in your life which you could sacrifice in order to help you achieve your goals faster.
On the flip-side once you achieve some of your goals you might find you'll have more time to do the things you enjoy in life, whatever that may be.
So go for it.
Get working on your goals.
Make some sacrifices.
And take the first steps to the happier, more fulfilled and empowered life that you've always desired.