Copyright to Gregory Downing © 2012
Published here February 2013

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In My Life

I will always do exactly what I say I will do

Most of us do keep our word to others, or at least try to. And of course being trustworthy is critical to your success. (How else will we find investors and get return customers and referrals?) But what about the promises and pacts you make with yourself? Most people are far more likely to break agreements with themselves than they are with others. Yet since becoming an entrepreneur requires a dramatic change in both mindset and habits, you won't get far if you keep letting yourself off the hook.

It's easy to justify breaking an agreement with yourself because no one will ever know. Sometimes we even do it unconsciously. But make no mistake: Your private decision has consequences for both your future and your family's future. That's why this law is so important - in fact, it's the one on which all the others hinge.

Breaking any kind of commitment - even those that may seem insignificant - hurts us because our subconscious gets accustomed to our 'crying wolf. Then, when we want to make a big change in our lives, our subconscious simply doesn't believe us. It will actually work against our success. So when you don't do what you say you are going to do, you are actually giving yourself permission to falter, to quit, and to fail.

I will always be on time

You might think rushing into an appointment a few minutes late isn't a big deal. If so, you're wrong. For one thing, lateness - especially if it's chronic - increases stress levels and causes you to be in a more frazzled state of mind than might otherwise be the case. Obviously, neither one of those things is conducive to your best performance. And even more importantly, lateness is a character issue.

When you're late, you're being disrespectful to others, because by not managing your time well, you're wasting theirs. Think about it: The first five minutes of a meeting determines the mood, so if you sweep in at the last second completely disorganized, you aren't setting your colleagues up for success. Plus, if you're late to a more private appointment, you will have to work through what is essentially a broken agreement. And if you'll recall, not breaking agreements is a cornerstone of all the Universal Laws of Being an Entrepreneur. When you're not on time, you're essentially breaking your word to yourself and the others in the meeting - a double whammy."

I will remain aware that I am 100 percent responsible, 100 percent of the time, for the results in my life

It's easy to blame disappointments and failures on everything other than ourselves. For instance: "I could be a lot wealthier if the economy hadn't tanked." Or, "How was I supposed to know that there would be a storm and I'd have to clean out my savings to replace my roof?" While it's true that you can't always foresee or control what happens in your life, you can choose how you respond to those circumstances.

"I get it - life has a way of kicking in the door and derailing your plans". Sure, there are bills to pay, problems to solve, and circumstances that need attention. You need to deal with these issues, but you cannot allow them to stop you. Every day, you must make time to move toward the life of your dreams, no matter how small that step is. If you aren't taking steps to change your reality, you forfeit the right to complain about it."

I will remove all unconscious, negative, and scarcity-based programming

Unfortunately, the middle class has been "programmed" with belief systems that weren't designed to help us attain wealth and that, indeed, barely work at all anymore. But because everyone around us is buying into the formula, we assume it's the "right" way. We all have an inner "sheep" that is afraid to go against the herd, that fears it will be punished if it goes against cultural norms. And that's a shame, because while we're staring at the hindquarters of the sheep in front of us, we're ignoring a huge world filled with riches for the taking.

Today and every day consciously evaluate and reconsider what works for you as you strive toward a life of wealth and abundance. First, think critically about risk and reward, and determine how to effectively balance the two. This involves looking closely at your emotions, your willingness to take action, and your desire to move forward when an opportunity to build wealth arises.

Often, you'll find that fear, not a rational reason, is holding you back. Through this process of evaluation, you'll gradually reprogram your beliefs about the fear of investing, the availability of money, and the lack-mentality that is so common in our society. And as you begin to experience greater rewards, you'll confirm the beliefs and actions that create wealth.

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