I am going to hit you hard. I am only going to do this to you because I am doing it to myself first. This past week, I did a bit of soul-searching and ended up pulled out a book I’ve often skimmed but never really read all the way through 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steve Siebold.
I opened the book up to the first chapter, The World Class Operates From Objective Reality and read this: “…most people delude themselves into thinking they are working harder than they are, and that they are more competent than they actually are.” Bam! Harsh.
Okay. So, after swallowing that lovely little pill, I had to ask myself, am I working as hard as I think I’m working. How do you answer that?
It comes down to end results. What are you accomplishing? Are you getting things done quickly and efficiently or are you just spinning your wheels. If you are just spinning your wheels sometimes it is important to just stop.
There are fears wrapped up on stopping, the utmost of all is the loss of momentum. But if that momentum has you rolling downhill, or in the pathway of a barreling train, it is time to stop and turn course.
When I first began working as a business and financial manager for entertainment industry clients, I had an epiphany that I work to hold onto: No matter how talented you are, or how talentless you think the ones one top may be, they have done something to that you have not done. That is the only reason that you are not where they are. No matter what else you may think of them. They have done some right things to get what they have.
So your job is to find the right things. Be honest with yourself. Let go of any delusions you may have. Forego the pretenses.
I like to tell artists this: Talent and creative genius aren’t everything. The only differences between the success and the failure are marketing and perseverance. A hack with these two things will gain a lot more traction than an invisible genius that burns out too soon.
Steve Siebold’s book instructs you to ask yourself this question: “Are my habits, actions and behaviors congruent with the vision I have for my life?”
Keep asking yourself that question and course correcting daily and you will soon find yourself a lot closer to your ideal life.
Stay hungry. Stay Well-Fed.
– C.R. Cohen
Chelsea Cohen’s love affair with words and the arts has lead her on a lifelong journey as a poet and writer and an art activist, founding Artists Underground, to bring networking, resources and advice to artists, and joining forces with Soapbox Nation to provide creative career consultations and artist services to help artists get further faster.
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