What is the real “secret of success?” – Quit “Someday Isle”

Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, livehappier lives, and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

What is the real “secret of success?”

In my corporate training seminars I often begin with a little exercise. I ask the the trainees, “How many people here would like to double their income?”
Almost everyone smiles and raises their hands. I then ask, “How many people here would like to lose weight? Get out of debt? Achieve financial independence?” Again, everyone smiles, some people cheer, and they all raise their hands. Then I say, “Wonderful!

These are great goals that everyone has. We all want to make more money, spend more time with our families, be fit and trim, and achieve financial independence. Not only do we all want the same things, but we all know what we have to do to achieve them. And we all intend to do those things, sometime. But before we get started, we decide that we need to take a little vacation to a wonderful fantasy place called ‘Someday Isle.’

We say that ‘Someday I’ll read that book. Someday I’ll start that exercise program. Someday I’ll upgrade my skills and earn more money. Someday I’ll get my finances under control, someday I’ll travel cross the globe or someday I’ll start working on my passion. Someday I’ll do all those things that I know I need to do to achieve all my goals. Someday.’”

Probably 80 percent of the population lives on Someday Isle most of the time.

The first rule of success is simple: Vote yourself off the island!

No more excuses! Do it or don’t do it—but don’t make excuses. Stop using your incredible brain to think up elaborate rationalizations and justifications for not taking action. Do something. Do anything.

Get on with it! Repeat to yourself: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”

Losers make excuses; winners make progress. Now, how can you tell if your favorite excuse is valid or not? It’s simple. Look around and ask, “Is there anyone else who has my same excuse who is
successful anyway?”

When you ask this question, if you are honest, you will have to admit that there are thousands and even millions of people who have had it far worse than you have who have gone through. Yet we are stuck on those few things that have gone wrong rather than focusing on wonderful
things in our lives.

And yet those thousands and millions who have seen worse have done so well

So if others have done it, you can also do well—if you try and make this day as your DAY 1.

It has been said that if people put as much energy into achieving their goals as they spend making
up excuses for failure, they would actually surprise themselves. But first, you have to vote yourself


3 thoughts on “What is the real “secret of success?” – Quit “Someday Isle””

  1. Nothing happens without taking action, yet 99% of people don’t want to take the action. If they haven’t taken action yet, how will they find it within themselves to take action now? “One day” seems to be the default for many people, except one day never comes. Successful people do the thing anyways, even if they don’t feel doing it.

    • So true Hilary. We seldom forget that to achieve anything in life we have to work towards it. Everyone is caught up in the daily life hustle yet to achieve something extra we need to do more than just the daily life hustle.

      • One thing I did was subtract the “extra” things and only do the things that were necessary to move the needle forward. There’s so many extra things that ppl get distracted by, that don’t really lead to progress. The daily life hustle is fine, but how much of it is maintenance rather than progress? (eg. Checking emails, checking social media, catching up on a favorite tv show?)

        I highly recommend watching Sam Oven’s YouTube video (or podcast if you prefer audio) about moving the boat forward vs. maintaining it. It’s very good. He digs deeper into the concept of eliminating things that are distractions.


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