It's Time to Get Disturbed

Twenty years ago, I was in computer sales, working out of a computer store located in north Toronto.

At the time, the store was part of the largest computer chain in Canada and had numerous locations in Toronto.

Despite the fact that I worked at one of the smaller locations, I consistently won the award for top salesperson in the Toronto area. However, the company restructured and my location was closed. So I was transferred to a store in the heart of Toronto.

While I still won the occasional award, I did not dominate like I once had.

I remember thinking to myself, "Well, it’s okay if I don't win plaques at the rate I was before. No big deal. I can live with a little less money."

But while listening to Tony Robbins' program Get the Edge recently, I realized I should have told myself, "It's not okay," and pushed myself to achieve more.

According to Tony, saying, "It's okay," when referring to your circumstance or situation is "the death rattle to achievement."

Had I said, “It’s not okay,” it would have pushed me to achieve more.

Because only when you get disturbed, Robbins says, can you effect positive change in your life.

Then once you get disturbed, you have to say to yourself …

"This is not good enough. I'm not going to take another minute, hour or day of this."

This is true whether you're looking to lose weight or if you're an aspiring freelance writer stuck in a job you don't like.

Because, using the weight example, if you are carrying around some extra pounds, you'll never lose them if you say to yourself things like …

"It's not too bad."

"I can live with it."

"I don't really look that fat yet."

You have to get disturbed to the point where you have no other option but to take action. You must change "I should lose weight" to "I must lose weight."

The key is to change your beliefs because your beliefs control your behavior. If you change your beliefs, you can change your world.

Here are a few limiting beliefs you might have about becoming a freelance writer. You might think that …

  1. You're too busy.
  2. You're not good enough yet or that you never will be.
  3. Your current situation is not that bad.
  4. It's too difficult.

After you get disturbed, the key is to eliminate any of the above four (or any other limiting beliefs you have) and replace them with beliefs that empower you.

For example …

  1. "I’m too busy" turns into "Becoming a freelance writer is one of my top priorities. I have the time I need to make it happen."
  2. "I'm not good enough and never will be" becomes "I'm just as smart as the next person. If they can do it, so can I."
  3. "My current situation is not that bad" becomes "I don't want to settle. I want to be my own boss and call my own shots."
  4. "It's too difficult" becomes "I can learn anything if I put my mind to it."

Do you have any beliefs that are holding you back in your career? What are you going to replace them with? Please share your comments here.

Is fear holding you back in your freelance career? If so, please check out my article “12 Ways to Confront the Fears that Are Blocking Your Success.”

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Published: September 17, 2012

5 Responses to “It's Time to Get Disturbed”

  1. Thank you for contributing this article: I really enjoyed reading it.

    I used to be a victim of self-limiting beliefs, but the daily practice of meditation has enabled me to move forward.

    Meditation allows you to transcend the endless chatter and negative self-talk that keeps us passive and mediocre.

    Meditation is about entering a zen-like consciousness or the "mind of no mind."

    Here, you will encounter the real freedom that you have always been searching for.

    By enjoying that freedome, good things will start to manifest in your life.

    Archan Mehta

  2. John,

    Nice reminder. I have to constantly remind myself:

    "If anyone can do it, then anyone can do it. And if anyone can, I can." ~ Sean McCool

    Yes, I'm quoting myself.

    Sean McCool

  3. I hear what you are saying. Thing is that my wife divorced me and left me with nothing. I have the program for 6 Figure Copywriting but am under siege by law firms threatening me because I can't pay my $30k in debt. My will has been broken, my daughter I can only see every 2 weeks, no car or house of my own and credit is completely gone. I have no bank account and have gone from living well to living on food stamps. I am a heart patient since the age of 43 (now 47)and have no insurance. Help me!

    Guest (Voxster)

  4. Well put John. Complacency is the death knell of achievement. So true. #'s 1 & 3 resonate with me, if I'm being honest.

    Thanks for the awesome piece.


    Guest (Jim Rodante)

  5. Being told; "Just put 'First Draft' on it and submit"; I handed my screenplay to a friend, Henry Wilcoxon. He asked: "Is it ready for me to see?" Well, it is a first draft. "That's not what I asked you. Is it ready for me to see?" It probebly needs editing. "Is it ready for me to see?" he repeaated again. Well.... "Are you competely happy wth it?" Well, no, it needs editing. "Then why are you giving it to me?" That was my first lesson on submission. You can fill in the rest.

    Guest (WritingGuy)

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