I had planned to go to Panera Bread to get a bagel, to check email, and to work on some plans for next year. My son woke up coughing, wanted breakfast, and I was concerned. After I made him breakfast, I made him and allowed him to watch television for a while. While watching television, I noticed that the time had “gotten away” from me and that there was a no way that I would be able to get us out and go to Panera Bread without there being lot of people there so, I did not go. I chose to wait until tomorrow.
That story happens to many people everyday, with different results. Some people have reasons and excuses while others are unreasonable with themselves and others. How is it that some people succeed when others are left behind figuring it out?
Those people who are left behind lack the ability to move past their own fears and excuses. In every situation there are choices that can be made to further what you are up to in any area of Life. When you are focused and have a plan there are no excuses or reasons that will keep you from achieving what you have set out to achieve. A person who has no focus or plan is prone to excusing themselves and others for what has or has not happened. No focus and plan equals excuses and reasons.
If you are reading this article you are looking for ways to build an Unreasonable Life. Any person living an Unreasonable Life finds ways to make things happen regardless of the circumstances. The excuses that they would have used not to complete something no longer work and they have fear yet act in the face of it. The most successful people in your company, neighborhood, City, State, Country, and in the World are unreasonable with themselves and others. That is how they have become successful. Here are 5 keys for you to begin building a Life of being Unreasonable.
Recognize when Fear is present: Without recognition the fear continues to keep you complacent and paralyzed. Recognition is the first action to take in building success.
Distinguish what you are afraid of: When fear is present it is a response to something we are resisting. Are you resisting being embarrassed, made fun of, looking like you are not smart, or something else?
Affirm Yourself: Create a statement that represents who you see yourself being in the situation or what you want from it. “I am prepared, smart, and confident”, “They are accepting, honest, and loving”.
Act in the Face of the Fear: Now that you have created an affirming statement for yourself, proceed to take action. Soldiers learn to have fear and act anyhow. Take that same mindset and apply it to whatever task you are facing. You can have fear and still accomplish your goal. The miracle is that once you accomplish it you have grown past that fear and are building confidence in your abilities.
Expand Your Thoughts: Expanded thought is a result of taking the actions consistent with what you want to have happen. When you take the action in the face of fear you expand your thoughts about yourself and your abilities, others and how they perceive you, and what is possible in your Life. Expansion is growth.
Begin applying these keys and see your life become extraordinary in all areas. It takes being consistent with a touch of patience. Nothing happens overnight, however, create the habits and success will come.
Sidney Y. Gaskins is the founder and President of Enterprising Life, LLC., located in Atlanta, Georgia. Enterprising Life, LLC. is a professional coaching and consulting enterprise that helps individuals, families, and businesses create fulfillment in life and the workplace, while achieving prosperity and productivity.