Sales Motivation – Creating Your Ideal Life

Tom Hopkins 12-17

Stop Thinking “If Only”

What’s holding you back from the success of your dreams? Do you ever catch yourself thinking or saying the following?

“If only I could get a better break.”

“If only I had more money.”

“If only I would’ve married the right person.”

“If only I worked for the right company.”

“If only I had the right parents.”

Those statements demonstrate a lack of personal accountability. Do you pull back from taking full personal responsibility? Many of us do. We think that a parent, a teacher, a friend, a boss, a spouse, the company we worked for, or some governmental program should shoulder our burden for turning our lives into what we want them to be. This approach can’t get the job done.

Of course there are times when getting assistance of some sort from others can be critical to our success, but “assistance” by definition means we’re already doing the job and others come to join in helping us. It doesn’t mean waiting on the sidelines of life until someone else comes to take you along with them on a success journey. If someone else does come along and offer you such a thing, it will be for you to join them on their journey and their idea of success might not be anything like yours.

What does it mean to wait and depend on others for your success? That you’ll always be disappointed. Unless you take complete control of your life and assume full personal responsibility for yourself, who will?

No one will.

Every dollar you earn is worth ten given to you. Earned money builds the image of self-reliance; given money creates the self-image of other-dependence. This is why some families stay on welfare for generations. Those who wait for life to get better are the most frustrated people on earth because they don’t even realize that they have created their own frustrations.

You can’t be successful and happy until you earn the respect of the toughest, hardest to fool, and most important judge in the world:  yourself. So find the closest mirror. Look yourself right in the eye and say, “The life I’m living right now is of my own creation. If I want more, it’s up to me!”


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