Welcome to Think Like A Success Thursday!
I hope you are enjoying the reading of this book. Chapter 1 has been a reminder of the words my parents would use on us as little kids. Steve Harvey brought me back to the times my big momma would get on us about not trying hard enough, I remember her saying “Girl, you the smart one but you gotta step up.”
As I read chapter 1, Steve reminds me so much of a godparent or trusted family friend. You know the type, they aren’t blood relatives but they have been around the family so long that we call them uncle or aunt. They are the ones who can give us the same advice we’d heard a thousand times from our parents but when they say it, its like a light bulb went off in our head and we have an “A HA” moment. And just like that, the words and lessons being imparted just make sense.
Another thing, I liked about this chapter is its abundance of questions for pondering as well as the success action plans. For someone who reads looking for the lessons that can be learned, this made my job a little harder but in a great way. He also provided a couple of quotes that I am adding to my personal cheerleader as indicated below. But there is one quote that are words repeated in my family many times growing up and I myself have said it a few times as well – “Nothing is going to change until you get sick and tired of being sick and tired” Fannie Lou Hamer.
“This is you life, and you have to live it TODAY. You cannot afford to waste another minute being unfulfilled, unsatisfied, and underutilized” – Steve Harvey
“Excuses are the lies you convince yourself are true to avoid proving you are worthy of the gift you were given” – Steve Harvey
“Use your energy to perfect your game, not someone else’s” – Steve Harvey
“You think that you’re the only one who can see your words of defeat, but they show up in your demeanor and how you present yourself to the world” – Steve Harvey
“You will miss out on the true blessing of your life if you don’t accept that your gift if your winning ticket and the key to your life’s blessings” – Steve Harvey
“Excuses are self-imposed roadblocks, detours, and traffic jams that take you off your road to success. Expectations are wide-open lanes reserved for those people who are willing to pay the price for excellence” – Steve Harvey
Questions for Reflection:
Have you reached a point in your life that you are tired? What are the top 5 things that you are tired of? Go on write them down and if you end up with more than 5, then you have some great motivation.
In what way are you your own opposition?
In what way are you placing limits on yourself and thus your success? Where do you think you learned this behavior?
What do you say to yourself when you pass a mirror or are given a new challenge at work? What would it take for you to change your self-talk?
Ask someone you love and trust to pay attention to the words you speak for one day. How many times do you use statements such as “I can’t”?
Napoleon Hill and Steve Harvey both extol the importance of surrounding yourself with successful people. Who have you introduced to your Master Mind group?
Have you committed to your dream? How can others see this demonstrated in your daily actions?
Chapter 1 Success Actions begins with an exercise on identifying your excuses. Follow those instructions by writing down all the excuses you’ve made this week. By following this plan, you will have a declaration of commitment to yourself.
Til next time,
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” – Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street