The Courage to Earn

The Courage to Earn

Last week I met with a group of Self Employed business people in Beverly Hills, their incomes ranged from $150,000 to $500,000 per year. They are all self-made and have experienced some sort of personal setback or family tragedy while they were working to achieve their current level of earning and financial security.

I asked them what were the biggest obstacles to their earnings success when they began and what is it today? At first, the answers were vague (Remember we don’t do Vague!). When I spoke to them individually away from the group their answers became clear. 

Each said, that the biggest obstacle wasn’t the entire job, they only disliked one or two parts of the job and those were always the most critical parts of the job.  

One of the men in the group told me that he was uncomfortable doing the things he spent the least amount of time on and he avoided the things that made him uncomfortable. This avoidance kept him from mastering those skills. Knowing that he hadn’t mastered this part of his job triggered fears that he’d never succeed because he needed those skills. Fear trapped him in this cycle.

In each of these cases, it was fear that slowed down success. Then the next question is how do we find the “Courage to Earn”. We do it the same way we save money or pay back debt, a little at a time. We find it in 10 minutes blocks of time throughout the day. 

As always, we pay ourselves first. Give the first 10 minutes of your workday to yourself, not to Facebook or to the gang in the break room, prioritize the day ahead. Write out your to-do list in no particular order, just write the list. After completing the list, re-write it but this time prioritize it in order of the tasks you like least. This list is now your roadmap for the day. Once this is done look at Facebook or share a quick coffee with your co-workers- but for no longer than 10 minutes.

Back at your desk, spend the first 10 minutes on the first task. Only 10 minutes, not to completion just 10minutes. Next, reward yourself with 10 minutes on the task the bottom of the list the one you don’t mind doing. Remember only 10 minutes. Then go back to the top of the list and continue working on the task you began 10 minutes ago. Continue with this pattern and remember to take a 5-minute break each hour to stretch your legs.  

This may seem silly only working on a task for 10 minutes at a time. Stop the judgments. Over time and with practice you’ll learn to work for longer periods. Today we need to learn how to do the things we’d normally avoid. We can train ourselves by tricking ourselves. Doing anything for 10 minutes is doable- it’s no big deal it’s just 10 minutes. 

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