You are your own biggest obstacle on the road to being successful

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Obstacles in the road, being successful

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” - Zig Ziglar
I recently read that a collection of Surveys, studies and research concluded that 85% of your success will depend on attitudinal factors, 15% on aptitude. Now I am not sure how they came up with that conclusion and I am really unsure how they put definitive numbers to it. My guess is that they made up the numbers and hoped that no one would question them.
Research has also concluded that 67% of all statistics are made up off the cuff (including this one ;).
Yet in spite of my skepticism over their supposed scientific numbers my own experience has shown me that they are not far off the mark. 85% of your success will depend on attitudinal factors, 15% on aptitude. Yet in your formal education and in most continuing education, the emphasis is on the opposite - 15% on attitude, 85% on aptitude.
Certainly technical knowledge and skills are important. In your profession, you must deliver excellence based on your staying up-to-date on techniques, products, materials and ideas. There is no excuse for falling behind in your aptitude your ability to get things done in fact I am a strong advocate of living a life of continual improvement of your aptitude. 
However, such excellence alone will never build a successful, growing, profitable business.  On the other hand, the excellence created and sustained in your own mind is what will ultimately cultivate your success.  This is the most difficult, least tangible aspect of building your business that we’ll ever talk about, but it is also probably the most important. 
Yeah, but what is it?  Lets call it your self perception?   
The way I see it, your self perception can be broken down into three major components: 
  • Self Esteem 
  • Self Image 
  • Self Discipline 
Quality in these four areas is a necessary foundation to personal and professional success. You need to master the inner game if you want to get anywhere in your life.
So lets deal with these areas starting with Self Esteem. 
Self Esteem is essentially your feelings of worth.  How much success do you deserve?  How much money should you make?  How much is your time worth? 
Here, briefly, are six ideas for strengthening self esteem: 
  1. Establish worthwhile, meaningful goals and values. 
  2. Take massive action to get your own financial house in order if it isn’t now. Reduce debt, bring expenses under income; invest every single month. 
  3. Give yourself recognition for each and every accomplishment. 
  4. Manage your time productively.  Procrastination and disorganization rob many people of their self-esteem. 
  5. Associate with positive-minded, happy people who encourage and motivate you.  Don’t hang out with folks who are negative, unhappy, critical or jealous. 
  6. Continually acquire new know-how in you profession and in the areas of business, sales and communication. 
Self image is how you see yourself; it’s who you think you are.  Your self image is controlled mostly by self-imposed limits.  Very few people ever perform beyond those self-imposed limits.
A salesman whose father never earned more than $25,000 a year in his life may well see himself as a $25,000 a year guy.  And he will subconsciously screw up the opportunities to earn more that come his way. 
In the financial area, this called a money rejection syndrome, and I am convinced that such a thing definitely exists.  One man who made over $100 million from scratch within the first three years of creating his business, had gone broke in business several times before. After the three years of remarkable success, he said, “Making $100 million is about the easiest thing I’ve ever done.  Believing it could happen to me was the hard part that took 20 years.” 
Your self-image was created and is sustained through self talk and the use of affirmations - and that is also the method you can use to alter and modify your self image, literally as you wish. 
I call the process “self image goal setting,” because most people who set goals set only “to get” and “to have” goals; they fail to set “to be” goals.  I encourage you to balance your approach to goal setting by including some self image modification. 
Self Discipline, the fourth component of the inner game, is quite possibly the most important.  It also might be the most difficult to maintain. 
Success lecturer Jim Rohn says that most people do not associate lack of discipline with lack of success.  Instead, most people think of failure as one earth-shattering event, such as a company going out of business or a home foreclosure.  According to Jim Rohn, however, this is not how failure happens. 
Failure is rarely the result of some isolated event; rather, it is a consequence of a long list of accumulated little failures which happen as a result of too little discipline.  I agree.  I find that most people understandably tend to look everywhere but in the mirror for the sources of their failures as well as the victories. 
I’m here to tell you it’s not your location, not the economy, not the weather, not your competitors - it’s your own discipline that makes the difference between excellence and mediocrity, between getting by or getting rich. 
Jim Rohn says that discipline is the bridge between thought and accomplishment. 
I’d encourage you to take the self-discipline challenge very seriously. 
Select those areas that you know are your “weakest links”—timely paperwork; punctuality; daily self-improvement study; being happy and enthusiastic first thing in the morning, whatever your personal stumbling blocks are— Pick just one of them and apply new, tough, demanding disciplines to yourself in those areas. 
You’ll find that success in these particular areas of your day-to-day life will roll over into greater success in all parts of you life. 
For example, let’s look at the ultimate game players - professional football players.  A pro ball player knows that every single moment of his on-the-job performance is recorded on film, to be replayed and reviewed later in stop-action slow motion, for critique by his superiors and co-workers. 
If your day was filmed and reviewed, how would you feel during the replay? 
Yes, the inner workings of your mind are difficult to understand and even more difficult to change.  If being a big success was easy, everybody would be one. You’ve got to decide what you really want to be, do, have, accomplish—and decide whether or not you’re willing to adhere to the disciplines necessary to get it.
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What obstacles stand in your way on the road to success? For more information about how to enhance your business, visit my page Who & Why or send me an email at sethgetz@gmail.com.

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