TheMaestro

Is Your Reality Sucking Right Now?

Jul 7th 2010 at 1:58 PM

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On occassion, The Maestro's reality sucks.

 

What does that mean?  That means that I sometimes forget how good I have it, and focus on my problems.  You know what that makes me?

 

Human.

 

Why am I bringing this up?  There must be something in the air, like a virus, that is sweeping some of my closest associates in the business.  I've had more conversations this week about getting over that emotional speed bump, than about flipping houses.  You know what, though?

 

That comes with the territory.

Listen, life is tough.  Running your own business is tough.  Dealing with people is tough.  And, when you're output and income are not what you think it should be, it all feels overwhelming.  Guess what?

 

The Maestro's been there...

 

In fact, I'd be willing to bet that I've been worse than whatever you've gone through, or are going through, right now.  That's how tough it's been for me in this business.  You know what else, though?

 

I persevered... and it all paid off.  And that was my message to my partners this week. 

 

Anyone can quit.  And when you do, you set a precedent going forward.  A bad precedent.  A quitter's precedent.  And that's a slippery slope, my friend.  It doesn't have to be that way, though.

 

The Maestro's Keys to Controlling The Suckiness That Sometimes Comes With Life

 

Man, that's a long title.  Too long, I think.  But I couldn't think of anything else. Deal with it.

  1. Limit your "down" days to one - Like the old sports cliche'... You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him.  There may be some people who are generally happy all the time, but that's not the reality for most of us.  Happiness is a choice.  It's not an emotion.  So, your first job is to choose to be happy (or motivated, or energetic, or independent, or whatever) more than you choose to be unhappy.  And, you want to limit those down days to a max of 24 hours each.  The Maestro gives you 24 hours to occasionally feel down.  When you wake up the next morning, you do so with a renewed vigor to be successful, and make money.  And that's an order!
  2. Give yourself the best possible chance to succeed - Listen, if you're surrounding yourself with depressed, unmotivated, unsupportive and generally unhappy people all the time, guess what you're going to be like?  Now, I'm not telling you to cease interacting with these people, altogehter...    Uh, yeah, actually I am.  Misery loves company.  And most people who are like this would rather drag you down to their level, than rise to yours.  If someone you know sincerely wants to overcome the doldrums, you help.  If not, you say see ya later...
  3. And... be into some kind of motivational material at all times - If you're purely self-motivated, that's great.  If you're like the rest of us, we need help.  I get a daily devotional from Joel Osteen Mon-Fri every week.  It inspires and motivates me.  And, I'm always into at least one motivating or inspiring book, as well.  I absolutely LOVE reading about fascinating people.  And there's nothing more inspiring or motivating than reading about someone who came from nothing... and made it to the top.

 

And that's it, my friend.  If you have your own ways, great.  If not, apply mine right now.

 

Look, I know that kicking longtime friends to the curb is no easy task.  But it needs to be done.  If someone is not helping you succeed, he is keeping you from it.  And that is just un-freaking-acceptable.

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