Your success depends upon you deciding to be successful, and then having the discipline and focus to do it. It also depends on your guarding against the very things that will obstruct you. You must decide that you will not allow the following be a drag on your success:
Poor Mindset: Every result you create starts in your mind first. Your beliefs about something become your truth, whether or not they are true for others. A pessimistic, cynical attitude is a debilitating and disempowering attitude, and one that will prevent you from doing the work you are capable of—and producing the results you want. A positive, optimistic, future-oriented mindset is empowering and produces velocity.
Poor Energy: Every result you want to achieve requires time and energy. A lack of energy is a drag on results, as it reduces your capacity to work. Everyone starts the week with 168 hours, but those with the energy produce out sized results. Without the energy, very little gets done. Your energy is a critical variable. It levels the playing field against those with great resources, including those who may be smarter and those who have greater resources. The energy to out-hustle the field produces a competitive advantage and speed to results.
Lack of Purpose: Without knowing what you want, and without a burning desire to manifest it in your life, your results will be slow coming. Drifting, with no goal in sight, makes it difficult to decide what to do and when to do it. It leaves you susceptible to distractions and complacency. When you know your purpose, all your actions are designed to help you be more, do more, have more, and contribute more. Purpose eliminates and streamlines.
Distractions: Focus is the new currency of success and achievement. If your smart phone gets more attention than your real goals and ambition, you are prioritizing small things in place of much bigger, much more valuable things. This drag on your success is underestimated, as many have traded sitting in front of the television for staring at the tiny screen of infinite distractions. Success is never achieved before the price is paid, and that price is not being paid while you are scrolling. Success audits your actions and knows when you have put in the work.
Excuses and Rationalizations: Maybe you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Maybe you didn’t’ go to the right college, or maybe you didn’t go to college at all. Maybe your parents split when you were a kid, and maybe you misspent a good part of your youth and got in trouble. The story you tell yourself is either a set of excuses or the reason you are now going to do what you are here for. You chose that frame, and you can choose another one whenever you want to. Excuses and rationalizations will never improve your results or lead to success. Own your story, and then write the next chapter.
You are either empowered or not, and that is your choice. If you are empowered then you control your ability to be successful. If you have that control, you can take care not to allow anything to tamper with the mindset you need to achieve the results you want.