Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Disregard the "Fiscal Cliff", It's Irrelevant... To You.

Focus on things you can control, change and improve within your sphere of influence. Each day I see people get caught up in problems, situations or issues that they work themselves into a worry about and yet can't really do anything about them or even if they could, they don't. My advice is to forget it. Focus on controlling your environment and that means putting your attention on things you can control.

All the recent news about the 'Fiscal Cliff" is irrelevant to you. You will pay more taxes, less taxes or about the same in the future. The problems or economic challenges will be harder, easier or about the same in the future. None of it really matters. What does matter is your personal work ethic and determination. You need to be planning to succeed well in excess of any economic barrier and that will take a heck of a lot of work so your focus needs to be on things that will help you to do that.

You need to be working your tail off to drive your revenue or personal income right now. Your level of hustle, determination and focus needs to be toward "out-creating" any future issue that may arise. So ensure your sights are not set too low and then ensure the level of work or action or doingness that you are taking is way way above what seems logical or needed to attain your goals. It's really the only safe zone to play in.

Everything about your future should be elements you can control. Don't plan based on factors that you're effect of. Plan based on what can be controlled, improved and augmented for yourself. Then take action based on that plan. If you focus on elements you cannot control, it will paralyze you and most definitely hurt your ability to succeed. So ignore it and move on to what can be controlled.

List out the things that will help move you closer to your goal. Then work out what actions need to be taken. Then work out the approximately work needed to get those and be sure to heavily over-estimate the effort and then simply execute, execute, execute and don't lift your head up until you're there. It's as simple as that.

I realize that it sounds sophisticated to talk about economic problems or somehow you feel involved with what’s going on with this country but all it really amounts to is you getting worked up about something you cannot control, unless of course you planned to enter politics, which I doubt. So focus on controlling your environment and then do so and all will stay on the rails.

- Robert Cornish
CEO, Richter10.2 Media Group

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