WAKE UP and Be Happy
May 22, 2012 | Posted by Jay Kubassek | Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Motivation | No Comments
As entrepreneurs, we have more than an opportunity to wake up to what we can accomplish for ourselves. We have an obligation. That’s where we find happiness for ourselves, and that’s how we inspire others to wake up to the possibilities in their own lives, too.
It’s more important today than ever to wake people up out there to what’s possible because what’s happening right now isn’t cutting it for many people as 30% of families in the U.S. cannot cover their bills. Two of three families live paycheck to paycheck. Many people cannot sustain themselves using the old model of employment. When you combine that with the trends of outsourcing and automating as many jobs as possible, you see why this is happening. Ten years ago you could be paid $20 an hour to collect quarters at toll booths. That’s not true anymore.
Most people wait until they are forced to do something. That means by default, they are in reactive mode. And reactive mode is not wealth creation mode. You are not empowered to change your circumstances when you are in reactive mode.
It’s a completely opposite way of being than wealth creation mode. It’s like the difference in psychology for a batter who is just “trying to get through the at-bat” versus the one who is going for the home run. It’s night and day.
As an entrepreneur, you know the difference. Maybe circumstances got you to the place where you were looking for an alternative, but you cannot stay in loss aversion state forever if you are trying to create wealth. Loss aversion and wealth creation cannot co-exist; it’s one or the other.
The life you have today is a result of a combination of these two mindsets and how much you adopted each one into your way of thinking and living. As an entrepreneur, you have an obligation to get out of loss aversion mode and into wealth creation mode. That’s what being an entrepreneur is about – giving yourself the opportunity to go into that mode and make your life change through it. You don’t have the right to whine about it once you know it’s out there and you can choose to be in that mode.
We’re going to wake up millions of people around the world in this community. But we have to be ready and proactive to do it. Don’t wait for solutions to develop or appear in your life. Grab them and take control.
This morning, I woke up on the WRONG side of the bed. I didn’t feel like doing anything. I had cut my finger slicing vegetables over the weekend and had to get it treated; I couldn’t type. So I went to the mirror and told myself: “You can be controlled by your feelings or your commitments.
What are your commitments?” At that moment, nothing would have felt better than getting back into bed. I had a million excuses as to why I should do that. The inner dialogue happens to me every day. But my commitments were to get my meetings done today and prepare for the morning WAKE UP call. I let my commitments dictate what I did in the morning.
As entrepreneurs, we cannot let our feelings dictate what we do. It has to be our commitments. Are you committed to comfort, or wealth? Are you committed to growing yourself? If you don’t have these commitments, there’s nothing to push you over the hump of what your feelings will try to make you do. Your commitments have to be big enough to drive you. For me, once I made the decision to keep my commitments, that’s when I felt the motivation to do it. That’s when the feelings came. You cannot wait until you FEEL like living up to your commitments, You have to DECIDE to just do it, and the feelings will come once you do that.
Your feelings will always drive you towards what is comfortable, and wealth cannot be created in your comfort zone. And happiness doesn’t come when you achieve your goals; it’s not circumstantial. It’s a choice.
Happy people tend to make more money and be more successful than miserable people. That’s because they tend to be more productive. And when you choose to follow through on your commitments instead of letting your feelings dictate what you do, you’ll feel better about yourself and be happier for it.
There are no victims. Being in the reactive mode is a choice, just like happiness. Most people don’t realize that they are making the choice to stay addicted to a way of life that is just leading them along instead of the other way around. It’s up to us to wake them up to what’s possible.
As humans, we are programmed just to survive. We create circumstances where we can survive. As entrepreneurs, we have to open our minds to the next level and not just survive, but seek to excel. We do that here in PRO by creating value and providing solutions to people. And through that, we can not only help people, but inspire them – to WAKE THEM UP – to what is really possible for them. We’ll show them that they DO have a choice, and that we’re there to help them make it and see it through.
We have already reached close to 2 million people around the world through PRO. We’re looking to reach millions more. That’s what you can do as a part of PRO if you wake up to the power you have.