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Do What Everyone’s NOT and You’ll End Up Pretty Good

Do What Everyone’s NOT and You’ll End Up Pretty Good

November 5, 2012 8:29 pm
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Remember, if was easy, everyone would be doing it.

That’s the phrase I get from my workout buddy about every other day. He’s a worker. He says that people just want to work harder when he’s around.

And they do. Or at least I do.

The Back-story

Working out is something I’ve never done consistently. I’m not necessarily in bad shape or anything, but I certainly could improve and take better care of this one body I do have.

This isn’t about working out though. That’s just where the phrase came into my life.

The real story is that this can be applied to almost anything in our lives. Let’s take something we all are interested in and that is working at your dream job.

Say, for instance, I’m working at a job I hate. I’m toiling away 40 plus hours a week working with people I mostly don’t like for a boss can’t stand. And the pay is so-so, but it’s just enough to keep me from attempting anything else.

I’m comfortable. Complacent. You get the picture.

But what I really want to be is a ________. Fill it in. Whatever you want to be. You know it’s something, so do it.

Now, think of the steps to get there. Maybe you’d have to redo your resume. Or start writing some things you never thought you’d share with anyone. Or tell someone your dream.

There’s any number of ways to start something, the hard part is that first step.

Whatever it is, we have to remember the phrase “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

We’ve determined it’s not easy. But is it worth it?

Is more time with your kids 5 years from now worth it? Is a closer relationship with your spouse worth it? Is not hating 1/2 of your life worth it? Is having 1/4 of the stress worth it?

Only you can answer that. But here’s a few things to think about.

What Everyone Does

  • Procrastinate
  • Talk about doing something
  • Talk about doing something awesome
  • Talk about what they’ll do after they do something awesome
  • Make excuses for why they can’t do what others do
  • Wait for permission
  • Assume things have to be the way they’ve always been
  • Conform

What They Don’t

  • Make awesome stuff
  • Change entire industries
  • Change people’s lives
  • Create
  • Challenge
  • Achieve the impossible

And What It Will Get You

Doing what most other people do will get you what most other people get. Do you want that? – Tweet that!

But I guess I can’t say that EVERYONE does this because obviously not all people do or nothing would ever change. There are plenty of people that do awesome things. Famous ones like Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Michael Hyatt and plenty of others. And up and coming ones like my friends Kimanzi Constable, Dan Black and Mike Vardy.

Lots of people do awesome stuff. But I would say more people don’t.

So where do you fit? Taking the easy road often makes things comfortable. But it rarely makes things awesome. We are all on a journey, but some have taken a pit-stop that’s lasted a bit too long. I hope you’re not one of them.

The Takeaway: If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.

Question: What is one thing you can do differently today that would help you get different results tomorrow?

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