Are You Committed To Your Freedom?
From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…
As I write this, we recently celebrated the 4th of July and had some fun blowing up fireworks. Just like Memorial Day a couple months back, these are great holidays not only to celebrate our freedom, but also to appreciate and remember all those who have served and are serving to protect our security and freedom in the good ol’ US of A. I personally want to say how much I appreciate that, and to say thanks to all our guys and gals, past and present, who are defending us.
In our country, we enjoy freedom, but freedom is not “free.” And that includes your business. A lot of people want freedom in their life, to live on their terms… do what they want, when they want, how they want, without making decisions based on time and money. Great on paper, but in real life, this comes with responsibility and a price.
So you want freedom… what price are YOU willing to pay? What kind of personal sacrifices are you willing to make for your own personal freedom? Today, I want to share a couple points regarding success and freedom.
Commit to the process.
First, you must commit to the process.
The process is the day in/day out challenges and ups and downs. The temptation is to question your self-worth: “Am I really capable of doing this?”
Self-doubt and fear lead to procrastination, which is like the kryptonite to your freedom. This is a challenging process and in the challenge is where most people crumble. They crumble because they haven’t fully decided…
When you make the decision that you are going to commit, when the hard times come, the commitment will carry you through. True commitment is like those iron rods you see in concrete… when they pour a bridge or a road, that rod iron strengthens the concrete. If they poured the concrete by itself, it would be prone to cracking and crumbling and falling apart.
Do YOU have those steel rods? Have you truly committed to the process, regardless of how long it takes you? No matter what it takes?
I love the expression to “steel yourself” … this means to brace yourself for something difficult, to make up your mind, grit your teeth and harden yourself.
I always picture Russell Crowe in Gladiator when I think of this. In fact, he is my screen saver on my phone so that every time I need to find that resolve and steel myself, I look at him and envision myself as the gladiator. Corny? Maybe. But I would rather be corny and free than cool and broke.
The fact is that some people don’t have that kind of commitment. They talk about it, but when push comes to shove, they crack and crumble. You need to commit to the process. It is a growth process, and growing isn’t always fast or easy.
You’ve heard the term “growing pains.” When we get outside of our comfort zone, it’s not fun. Everyone gets outside the comfort zone at some point. Most people just want to snap back into their comfort zone. Comfort zones are for babies… and even THEY have to get out of the womb at some point.
The person that charges after success literally sprints into the “uncomfort zone.” They are going to figure it out, no matter what.
And that is the difference between those that succeed and those that don’t. They absolutely commit to the process. They run at the water, grab both feet and cannonball into the water.
The second part is getting trained. But not just getting trained… committing to the training.
It’s one thing to buy the courses, attend the webinars and boot camps, but are you committed to actually paying attention, learning, practicing and implementing the skills that can set you free?
Find a good mentor.
Third is finding a good mentor – regardless of the REI level you are at.
Even Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan had mentors. Get help with what you are doing. Find a mentor. Tap into what they are doing, follow their blog posts. Shadow them. Stand on their shoulders and jump some of that learning curve. This is absolutely critical to success.
Albert Einstein said:
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.”
In other words, the same level of thinking that brought you to this point is not the same level of thinking that will bring you to the next point or level. You CANNOT think at the same level if you want to advance beyond where you are now. It’s going to take committing to the process, getting training and finding a mentor.
The person that is fully committed takes action. The person that is fully committed is not looking for someone to hold their hand. They find the mentor, follow the mentor and take the action. They don’t expect the mentor to take action for them.
The mentor just gives direction and you run to do it. The mentor is like a guy who climbs a mountain, moves the rock, finds the footing and reaches down and gives you a hand up. But you need to push yourself up… he ain’t gonna lift you.
TAKE ACTION. NOTHING happens without action.
No action = no money.
The training and the mentor won’t do you any good unless you do it. I have seen people in perpetual training for months and even YEARS. One more webinar, one more boot camp, one more course…
Take action and fix it as you go. Forget about perfection. Version 1.0 is better than version 0.0. Entrepreneurs MOVE. They move because they are committed to their Freedom. Are you doing the same?