Let Other People’s Success Propel and Motivate You Forward

Every single day we’re presented with people who appear to “have it made” so to speak. People who appear to have it all figured out and who are in a period and time and place and career and relationship that from nearly every angle look like nothing less than success.

Then the inevitable question arises within your mind and your heart and sometimes you even audibly say the words:

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And your mind begins to wander (or race) about every conceivable reason why things just haven’t worked out for you. Heck, your dreams and ambitions are no less glorious, no less important, and with no less impact than theirs and yet you’re stuck in a dead-end job and in a place that doesn’t really look like it’s going anywhere.

What you are spending your time doing (besides surviving the work week until the weekend) is comparing your so-called “luck” with people who seem to have it when you don’t.

I submit to you that this is foolishness and an incredible amount of wasted time.

Success is as intangible as you may think and have been told but have yet to believe because those that apparently have it don’t see it that way. If you’re going to spend any time fantasizing about someone else’s success time better spent would be on using those times of comparison to energize the very next step in your personal project or plan.

I’m not sure what that “plan” or “project” is for you but no one is going to be more motivated than you to achieve it so if you’re waiting on some external force to give it the boost that you need you’re dead wrong.

If you do need fuel you’ve already got it – a host of other people who have the desired success that you don’t have. You’ve got most of everything else that you need. Give yourself the gift of mental propulsion and stop comparing your “sorry” state with others. You’re in a great spot, even though you may hate it, and you’re only a loser if you willingly decide to stay there.

So get off the couch and turn off the television and go take that first step today. Not tomorrow, today.

  • http://www.ginasmom.com ginasmom

    I wasn’t planning on being the first, but it’s kinda cool to be first once in a while:).

    I’ve spent a lot of time on your blog, this past couple weeks (seen all that traffic spike?), and i have learnt so much about blogging, but i’ve also realised how far i still have to go. About 80% (Maybe even higher) of all the posts, apply to me as a new blogger (by the way When are you not a new blogger anymore), and i have smacked my forehead so many times, as i realise some of the mistakes i have been making. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the info

    As for today’s post, i intend to keep using your success and other successful bloggers (to get my blog into tip top shape – I have a long way to go), and others to propel myself forward, using the info that you so generously provide on this blog and other places. It’s a great post as we come to the end of the year.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome! glad you’re hear! big things in 2012, right?

      also, being a “new” blogger can end whenever you want it to. no one really cares about how long you’ve blogged…!

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com Charles Specht

    Umm, I’m sitting on the couch, watching television while reading your article. So…I guess I should get off the couch, turn off the TV, and get living.

    I will wait for a commercial before I think more about it. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      get up! and go!

  • http://www.savetheartist.net Chase

    Exactly! It’s all about your mindset. Even though I work a day job, I still consider myself to be the CEO for my life and dreams. And that means less couch time and more action time. Because if you don’t want to work on it every spare moment you have, then it’s not really your dream.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      “ceo of my life” … truth!

  • Donna Denil

    John, as always, your post is ‘spot on’! I hadn’t given a lot of thought to how I view the successful people, your post made me think in that way. Happy New Year!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      sure thing donna! let 2012 be an amazing year!

  • http://www.thewoolyyarn.com Jay Schwartz

    Through the haze of my 1st morning coffee today, I had already begun to feel the day slipping away. Fortunately, I came across your post and it gave me a bit more kick and bite than the caffeine did, so many thanks for this. Wishing all who reads this a great day. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      awesome jay!