Woody Allen said:
“80% of success is showing up.”
While he has a great point, I think when and how you show up can have a major effect on your success. Let’s look at another famous quote, from Benjamin Franklin:
“The early bird gets the worm.”
Mr. Franklin seems to have thought that getting a head start can’t hurt, it certainly helps in a race, so why not the rat race? Now let’s look at one more quote from Bobby Unser:
“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”
If we combine all three quotes, we now have a simple formula for success.
Get up early and show up prepared!
It’s obvious you have to show up to be successful. In sports if the other team doesn’t show they would be disqualified or forfeit and they’d lose. But the most successful people show up early. First, in their personal life. They usually wake up early in order to start, plan and/or un-clutter the coming day. They eat, exercise, pray, read a book, trade paper, blog or ezine (mastering their craft), get kids to school and send emails. Basically whatever must be done so that the money hours will have little to no interruption?
They also get to work early, many are usually first in the office, or if self employed, the home office is treated like an outside office, except that they can show up in their underwear.
They schedule their life in order to accomplish what matters to them, which is usually success with family, friends and business. They will never say “I don’t have the time” because they manage the tasks within an allotted amount of time. They utilize their time properly.
Thomas Edison said it well: “If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
When you show up early, very often you can finish earlier, if you like, plus you’ll reach your goals sooner creating a better overall balance between work and play. So many people allow personal issues to affect their work and then worry about work during their personal time away from the job. It’s all mixed up, and completely out of balance.
“Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of a man’s being.”
Orison Swett Marden
Most importantly, you must be prepared! Successful people don’t wing it. They research what needs to be done, they study and learn their job, product or service and continue to maintain or increase their knowledge and learning, to continue to maintain or increase their earning.
The Challenge: Try showing up early this week. Either to prepare, fine tune your skills or just start heading towards a new more focused routine. If you squeeze out 1/2 an hour per day, you will accomplish more in a five day week, 2 1/2 hours more. That’s 125 hours in 50 weeks or an extra 15 eight hour days per year! So get up, get prepared and get moving!
Rock Star Success Coach & Sales Trainer
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