When You’re Frustrated, Look Back 1 Year, Not 30 Ahead
I live a pretty good life these days. But it’s not perfect. It doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated.
At the root of most of that frustration?
A desire to speed up the GODDAMN PROCESS.
I know where I want to be in five years, ten years, twenty, and thirty years. All of those are quite far ahead. I struggle with a desire to get there right now instead of grinding through the motions.
I’m sure some of you feel the same.
However, it’s not fair to your own psyche to make a comparison to yourself now to who you want to be in the future.
You haven’t had the opportunity to accomplish those things yet. Why tear yourself apart about a person you cannot yet become? Yes, you need to be working towards becoming that person. However, belittling yourself in present day does little to get you there.
It’s some perspective I’ve needed recently and I’ve found it.
By looking back one year.
One year ago (it’s September 10th as of writing this), I was still working in Corporate America Hell. I hadn’t been to South America. I hadn’t moved moved abroad. I hadn’t revealed my face on the blog. I hadn’t officially started my own business. I hadn’t built two ground-breaking courses (one here, one here).
So really, do I need to get frustrated by things not always going perfectly? Or having to be patient?
Look how far I came in a year. I hardly recognize the guy.
So the next time you’re frustrated with life, look back one year. If you can hardly recognize yourself–just keep going.
DEALING WITH THE HATERS
Speaking of recognizing yourself. Have I mentioned how very, very few people will want to actually see you succeed? It’s laughable. Most of the people you know prefer to drag you down to their levels of mediocrity. They have no desire to build you up. Or succeed themselves.
Family. Good friends. Colleagues.
None of them really give a damn about you. Some family, yes. But it’s likely to be Mom and Dad, and that’s it. Your aunts and uncles would rather see their own children (your cousins) succeed. And yeah, cousins too. They want to beat you.
So how do you beat them all?
You ignore their quips and attempts to bring you down. You just keep going.
TRY NEW IDEAS
Not everything will hit.
I’m a perfect example. My first endeavors into online business were not a success. After three years, I’m just reaching a point where it can fund my life. But I refuse to stop there. New sites and ideas are going up every week.
I’m not afraid to try new things.
What’s the worst loss I can sustain?
In addition, it helps deal with the frustration of things not moving as fast as you’d like. Sometimes you can’t speed up the process. So build yourself another revenue stream (here’s a few thoughts about blogging on that).
In short: try new things. Don’t be afraid to take cracks at multiple things. Not all of them will hit.
And just keep causin’ trouble.
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