How (and Why) You Can Accomplish Anything You Put Your Mind To

| July 9, 2014 | 17 Comments

Today, I got nothing done… I slept in because I was tired. I talked with my mom on the phone for an hour until ten thirty. My friend, Adam came over after that and helped me take my car to the shop. Then, we had lunch at my place and sat down and talked business for a couple of hours.

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When he left at around three, I decided that this beautiful 75 degree summer day had to be enjoyed to the fullest, so I went for a bike ride, picked up my car and then spent the rest of the afternoon outside. Here it is at six thirty almost eight in the evening and I officially got nothing done today. Sipping a cold press at Caribou just down the street, I’m finally doing something for the day.

I don’t share this to try and preach some lesson on productivity. Obviously, I haven’t figured that part of my life out yet. But, I do share this as a testament to how far I’ve come. At 30 years old, I can be unproductive all day on a Wednesday and, at the end of the day, IT’S ABSOLUTELY NO BIG DEAL.

We, “Internally Motivated People”, Are on a Spectrum

I’m an internally driven person. You are too because, let’s face it, why else would you be here(?).

We’re all on some kind of spectrum ranging from “I’m sort of motivated to do something eventually, but am just watching from the sidelines for now” to “I’m giving it ALL I GOT, right now”.

On the left side are people who are putting off their lives because of fear. I did that for a long time. I still put many things off out of fear, but throughout the last few years, I’ve moved from left to right on this spectrum. I used to be at the “I’m setting things up” stage and now I’m at the “I’m doing things” stage.

The Power of Our Internal Drive is Surprisingly Unlimited

My biggest lesson from many years of action taking because of my internal drive is this:

“The Power of Our Internal Drive is ABSOLUTELY UNLIMITED.”

As a kid, I saw a vision of someday owning my own business, having an abundance of money, time and freedom. At 24 years old, that picture was disappearing, just like Marty Mcfly’s family picture from Back to the Future (below).

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Instead of punching out Biff like Marty did, I punched out being broke and taking it in the rear end from “The Man”. I saw my career success as THE KEY to a financial foundation that would set me up to do great things.

The rest is history.

I saved all my raises (and I had a lot of them; four in one year alone, totaling $20,000). I kept my expenses low. I got out of debt. I saved up. And then more money came my way, which I saved.

What happened next was having an abundance of cash, which allowed me to do…whatever the heck I wanted.

Did I go out and buy a new Corvette? No.

Did I go buy a house? No.

Did I decide to focus on my priorities in life? Yes.

My priorities were my vision for the future. I wanted this freedom I dreamed of as a kid. I wanted to own my time, so that someday when I have a family, I could spend it with them.

I realized at that time that my full time job, that provided me my biggest source of income, was actually my lowest priority. After realizing that truth and knowing I didn’t need it anymore financially, I decided to stop committing all my best hours there and left.

Ever since last year (almost exactly one year ago today) when I left my job, I’ve been focusing ONLY on my highest priorities. One of the top ones is building a business. I’ve since made HUGE progress and am bringing in significant cash flow every single month now.

Even better, I have no boss telling me what to do. If I have a day where all I want to do is be outside, then I do it.

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WOW, what a set of accomplishments from where I was at 24 years old.

You Have Unlimited Potential and Opportunity As Well

I pinch myself every morning these days, knowing that I don’t have to sell my soul to “The Man”. Instead, I get to decide what I do with my time.

The incredible progress I’ve made has been made because I had the internal drive.

The Big Lesson Here is: “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING”

You have the drive (remember, you’re here, right?). You have the smarts (again, you’re here).

That means, you have the potential.

Whatever it is that you want to create in your life, you CAN make it happen.

Just make sure that you start… and START SOON.

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  1. I love reading blog posts like this because it is so motivating for me. It really helps me to see that my dreams of financial independence could actually come true- heck, others are doing it. So why can’t I? Anyway, thanks for my daily dose of motivation!! I think your Wednesday sounds awesome.

    • Dee,

      Great to hear this was motivating for you. Yes, you’re dreams can definitely come true. They just may take a while and you may go through some low periods in the process. Just stick with it and keep going and you’ll make big things happen.

      I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Thanks again!

  2. Guy says:

    A great motivational piece and something we all need reminding of occasionally; The only way you will achieve your goals is if you actually start trying to do them. There’s no point slogging away at the 9-5 if it’s not going to bring you closer to your goals.

    It’s never too late to change your focus. Kraig and I are lucky in that we have decided our focus relatively young and are working towards it (Kraig much further along then I am!), but ultimately its up to all of us to decide when and how to make the change.

    I envy your freedom to do ‘nothing’ for a day Kraig! But I know that my days in the office bring me closer to that same freedom and i’ll achieve it ALOT sooner than all of my friends/colleagues.

    • Guy,

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind words. You’re exactly right in that the only way to achieve your goals is to start.

      And you’re right that it’s never too late to change things. If you’re still alive, then you can change.

      This freedom is nice. I plan to ensure that I continue to have it far into the future. That’s been the plan all along and I don’t plan to throw in the towel on that anytime soon.

      You’re right. These days of hard working and putting big time money away will make things possible for you, like they did for me.

      Keep at it! Talk to you soon,

  3. moneystepper says:

    That’s hugely motivating for me, and with me leaving full time employment in Septemeber to focus on my side hustles and businesses, this couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Also, to me, it sounds like you got loads done!! A most productive day in terms of doing things that increase your happiness! :)

    • Moneystepper,

      Glad to be of help. Congrats on leaving FT employment. I doubt you’ll miss it. If you want to talk about things, feel free to shoot me an email. I’d love to chat.

      You’re correct in that my day was productive in terms of increasing my quality of life. Exercising is great for me as is eating well and getting some vitamin D.

      Take care,

  4. Ashley says:

    Turning an unproductive day into a productive one is the best feeling ever! Or just embracing the unproductive day- that’s totally awesome too :)

    • Ashley,

      It did feel nice last night at around eight to click publish on the blog. Just reflecting and typing some words onto this keyboard felt nice after a day of relaxation.

      Gosh, I love summer.

      Talk to you in the morning,

  5. jlcollinsnh says:

    Sounds like a beautiful day.

    What’s the point of earning it if you don’t indulge in it once in a while?

    Well played.

    • Jim,

      Well said. For some reason, I don’t think to ask myself that question often. It’s a good one though.

      Hope you’re doing well. Let’s catch up again soon.

  6. Steve says:

    Well said!

    That is what it is all about, getting to a point when you can take a day off, if you like, and you are not limited to someone else telling you how many days a year you can take off.

  7. Have a mid-week day off is therapeutic. Having every day off that ends with “y” is my goal! Thanks for the inspiration Kraig!

  8. Nicola says:

    What an inspirational post! And motivating too – just what I needed today :)

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