Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

Opinion Editorials

What feels like success, but actually keeps you from your goals?

(OPINION EDITORIAL) Think back to when you started your business. What was the first real step you took?

failure

Taking the first steps toward success

Think back to when you started your business. What was the first real step you took? Was it buying a book that told you how to be a startup? Was it talking to your friend about it? Maybe it was buying a business computer, fax machine or some other product.

bar
We’ve all seen ads on how to make money from home or work for yourself. Did you fall prey to one of those packages? But were those things the real path to your business? I suspect your first step was writing a business plan or registering your business.

Why do we spend so much?

When you bought that computer or business package, I bet you felt good about it. You were doing something. Spending money makes us feel as if we’re taking steps toward a goal. There’s an adrenaline rush, like we’re moving forward. The reality is that until you do the hard work, you aren’t going to reach your goal.

You can buy a pair of running shoes, but until you put them on and get moving, you won’t run that marathon you’ve always dreamed of.

I know the feeling too well. I want to write a novel. I have tons of books about writing. I use some of the top software in the industry. The writing industry is tough. I’ve subscribed to many different writing newsletters and magazines. But the fact of the matter is that nothing is going to happen until after I actually sit down and write the book. I can spend as much money as I want, but I actually have to put myself in a chair and focus on my writing. For the record, I now have 20,000 words towards a novel. My goal is to have a first draft by the end of the year.

Shopping makes us feel good

Marketing is a strange industry. We’re encouraged to buy things that will “change our life.” Need more time in the kitchen? Buy this gadget to make peeling eggs quick and easy. Never mind that the last time you ate hard-boiled eggs was two years ago. Tired of cleaning your bathroom? Use this product and your tub will sparkle. Sure, your tub will shine as long as no one takes a shower or bath.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

It’s easy to buy things today. It only takes one or two clicks, and we can have just about anything we need at our front door in just a few days. But is that the real secret to what you want? It’s called the false first step.

When you buy something, you’ve simply spent money without actually attaining meaningful progress.

I want to encourage you to really think about your next purchase. Are you trying to buy your goals? Will a new dieting book actually help you reach your weight goal or do you need to get outside and exercise?

How can you reach your goals?

Do the hard thing you’ve been avoiding. You can make more sales without having a new smartphone. Build your habit of playing golf before investing in a set of brand new clubs. Make an attempt to try something new in your life.

Even if you fail, you’ll have learned something new.

Personal growth doesn’t come from spending. It comes from trying and learning, not succeeding necessarily. You’ve probably heard that you learn more from your mistakes than successes.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

It’s true. My first novel was a complete failure, but somehow I managed to graduate. I’ve learned from that experience and this time, my novel is coming together much better.

Maybe you will get to read it someday. Maybe not. But I know I tried to reach my goals.

#DoFirst

Dawn Brotherton is a Sr. Staff Writer at The American Genius with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an experienced business writer with over 10 years of experience in SEO and content creation. Since 2017, she has earned $60K+ in grant writing for a local community center, which assists disadvantaged adults in the area.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Pingback: Who are you giving your power up to? How can you take it back? - The American Genius

  2. Pingback: Starting a business when you're broke (and how to make it work) - The American Genius

  3. Pingback: The secret sauce for accomplishing your goals - The American Genius

  4. Pingback: How to snap back when you are feeling lost at work - The American Genius

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

The
American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.

Advertisement

KEEP READING!

Business Entrepreneur

It's a long and winding road in life as an entrepreneur, from building from the ground up to sustaining success. Joy comes in the...

Business Entrepreneur

Calculating your freelance rate can be daunting, but this tool is designed to make it easier and simple by comparing rates in your industry.

Business Entrepreneur

Getting new leads to make the first move can be a challenge, but LinkLyft helps freelancers get that initial connection.

Business Entrepreneur

Dynamic QR codes offer trackable shortened URLs, offering tangible evidence of scans and future customer interactions.

The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.