I get so tired sometimes of hearing about success.
Almost every blog I read can be boiled down to how to be successful in one area or another. The problem isn’t the issue of success. Success is awesome. The problem is that I’m always being sold to. Everyone is trying to sell their version of success (influence, money, etc), or their method of obtaining success.
So instead of (here comes a deep thought), actually doing what we know we should to reach our goals, we get distracted by a dozen other programs and systems that promise what we want.
The result? We jump all over the place in search of the right formula for success. After several years of this we realize we’ve zigzagged ourselves nowhere.
Lately, I keep hearing the same message from people I would call successful. It’s odd frankly. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a book I’m reading, on a podcast, or meeting with fellow entrepreneurs. The message has been the same across the board. If you want to be successful, pick a path and stick with it. This is water to my soul…here’s why.
Allow me to be totally transparent…I’m not passionate about finances.
Now I love being debt free and having enough cashola to live simply, give a little, and take my bride on a date here and there. But I’d rather mow the yard than talk about 401ks, retirement planning, and annuities. That said, I do love working on our budget, mostly because I like making pretty spreadsheets in excel, and like tweaking the numbers so we can take a vacation. It’s kind-of a game to me. And I really loved paying off our credit cards…it felt great to tell MasterCard they were no longer my master.
What we’re really passionate about is helping people find freedom and purpose in their lives. It just happens that our story involves finding freedom from $119,000 of debt, so that has become our starting point for helping others.
I love Dave Ramsey, and I really wouldn’t offer much advice that’s different from what he has already said regarding debt/finances. Why reinvent the wheel when what he has is rolling so well? That said, we’re much more focused on the LIFE part of Debt-To-Life than on the DEBT part.
So success for us here at DTL is two-fold. 1) Help people find freedom and purpose. 2) Do such a good job that we’re able to make enough income to do this full-time. Our first big goal is $5,000 a month in income, which seems like such a pipe-dream considering we don’t even have anything to sell yet.
The challenge for me is not giving up. I’ll make a bet you can relate.
Finding time is always an issue, but with a full-time job and a growing family, it’s actually harder to find the energy to consistently sow seeds when you’re not seeing the fruit. Which is exactly why this “how to be successful” message resonates so deep within me.
If you want to be successful, pick a path and stick with it.
The focus here is on consistency…showing up day in and day out. Regardless of your level of energy or motivation. Regardless of your ability to see the fruit. You have to have faith that the seeds you are sowing into your dreams will bear fruit…if you don’t give up. It’s not glamorous, sexy, or even motivating. It’s barely even tweetable.
But it works.
So if you’re looking for the secret sauce to success, here it is: consistent action in the direction of your dreams. Pick a path and stick with it.
You can thank me later when I have something to sell. :)