Written by: Sandra D´Angelo, Executive Contributor
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Where does this idea about “having it easy” come from?
An entitled feeling of deserving great success while putting in as little effort as possible.
How does that work, I wonder?
In my experience, it shows that you get what you put in.
You create your opportunities.
You create your successes.
You create your life.
Nothing is just handed out for free.
Even if by chance something is “just given”, the chances you will appreciate it as much as you would if you had worked & put real effort in getting it, are very low.
Having it easy means:
Not being challenged.
Not being faced with something new.
Not getting out of the comfort zone.
Not learning enough.
Not growing enough.
Not being appreciative enough.
Not expanding your views.
How can you become a better & a stronger version of yourself if the above doesn’t happen on a regular basis?
So, let's stop thinking that “it has to be easy”.
Instead, let's focus on having it valuable & beneficial.
If your goals aren’t at least bit difficult and scary, you should go back and review them.
The unknown, difficult, challenging – that's what makes the strongest impact on you and your life. That's what makes you grow & develop into a better version of yourself.
If you look at those who have achieved great successes, both professionally and privately, you'll see that they didn’t have it “easy”.
There's a lot of hard work, persistence, consistency, determination, sacrifices, ups & downs… that they confronted on their journeys.
They had a clear picture as well as a strong desire & the passion to go through it all. They believed in themselves and their ideas, no matter what.
There are no skipping steps, looking for shortcuts, or any other similar activities.
What you try to skip today will eventually catch up with you later.
Also, there're no excuses. You can have excuses or results, but you cannot have both.
So, instead of having it easy, go “all in” on yourself & your goals:
1. Reflect & evaluate your current situation.
a. Where are you at now? How are you spending your time, energy?
b. How does that align with your values, beliefs, priorities?
c. What's working? What's not working? What can you do more/less of?
d. What are your current beliefs, habits, people who surround you, your environment?
2. Define what success means to YOU.
a. Who do you aspire to become? What are your long-term goals?
b. What impact do you wish to make?
3. What is your intention behind those aspirations?
a. How passionate are you about your goals? How strong is your desire to make it happen?
b. Why is that important? What difference will achieving those aspirations make in your life and the lives of others?
4. Break it down into smaller chunks.
a. What do you need to be thinking, believing, doing daily to become who you aspire to become one day?
b. What support might you need (systems, processes, people)?
5. Track your progress & adjust.
a. What's working? What's not working?
b. What can you do more or less of? What can you stop doing & start doing instead?
c. What are you learning & how can you use those learnings when moving forward?
It takes a lot to achieve a lot.
However, if you find enough reasons to do something, if you truly believe in it and are “all-in” – you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
If your life feels “okay” but you know that there's “more” for you out there – we should have a chat. Let's connect.
Sandra D´Angelo, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine
Sandra D´Angelo is a full-time Certified Life Coach & Trainer dedicated to coaching Business Professionals in being more successful and making a bigger impact in their careers & privately. Sandra believes that every individual can achieve whatever they set their minds to and that all they need is already within them. She helps them analyze where they currently are, where they want to be and then bridge that gap through her specific coaching program. Sandra holds an MBA in Communications & PR and has years of experience working in sales & consulting in Switzerland and Germany. Including building two successful business units from scratch. Before becoming self-employed, consulting & coaching have always been a part of Sandra's professional life. Behind her is a strong track record of professionals from different backgrounds who she helped to explore their true potential and create the lives they want.