It is Time to Really "Get It!"
“…and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7
Article by: Adam Wade & Maikel Bailey
Have you ever played catch with a small child, two to three years old? You gently toss the ball to them, and most of the time they miss the catch. What do you say next? “Get the ball.” With that directive they turn, giggle and go after the ball, pick it up and do their best to toss it back to you. It’s beautiful!
Now, did you get that? “Get” is a verb. It is an action verb, requiring action of the person who is responsible for coming up with the result, in this case, getting the ball. In any sport that uses a ball, getting control of the ball is always a must. For you, if you really want to be successful with your life, getting in control and staying in control is also a must.
Most of our students come into a coaching or mentoring program and they are ready, primed and juiced up to start “getting.” And for them that means “getting the money.” Oh, yeah!
We want you to know, we are fully behind you in making a successful and profitable venture whether with your own business or progressing and moving forward in your career. We are with you all the way.
The challenge for many students is that with wanting money in their bank account yesterday, they do not realize before they get the money they are going to have to get some education, get some skills, start getting the success mindset of an entrepreneur and get going on it now. In short, those entrepreneurial students, just like everyone else who comes into coaching, have to get going with their learning. If there is a magic formula to becoming any thing in life, it is learning. It would be nice if we could make a hole in our heads, stick in a funnel and pour in the information, skills and habits that help us be successful. Is that possible? Mmm, not so much.
The reality is, you must decide what you want to become, learn all you can about it as you are doing, so that over time you have those things (results) you desire and have become what you wanted, which is what you decided way back when. In this case, you and the rest of our students have decided to become successful online money managers or entrepreneurs, right? Even if there is something else you would rather do for your own measure of success, whatever it is, then it is time to go after it and “get it,” meaning, get the learning done, build the skills, set up your routines (time management), get to work and do what you have to do.
When you “get something,” who is in possession of that something; who has control over it; who owns it (literally or figuratively speaking)? If it is you that did the “getting,” then, it is you. You took the action to go after it, get it and now you are in possession of it, unless you fumble it. If you fumble it then you did not really “get it.” You had it, but then you lost it. You really did not “get it” and “keep it” – there was no ownership in the action you took.
Here is the point. Some of our students are given assignments from their coach. They will go through the motions of reading the lesson, doing whatever else the coach assigned them to do, as they work their assignments included with each, but they will not really “get it.” They did not really own what they were to learn and do. That following week, when their coach is reviewing their work and the understanding of what they were to study, there are obvious holes in their understanding; there are holes in the work they did. That student didn’t really “get it.” They kind of, sort of went after the ball, had it for a moment and then fumbled it, or worse dropped it.
Getting information, getting an understanding, getting how to do the work assigned and finally getting it done, never really happened, but in their mind, they did the assignments. Now, can you help me with this? What’s missing here? You cannot have possession of the ball at the same time that you’re fumbling it. Does that make sense? Either you got it or you don’t. It is that simple.
I remember asking an Internet Business student to go through a specific assignment once. The assignment he was supposed to study had to do with writing sales copy for an eBay listing. A week later as I was looking at his auction I was a bit perplexed. None of the principles of copy writing presented in that lesson showed in the writing of his auction. So I asked him, “Did you study the lesson I assigned you last week about writing sales copy for eBay?”
“Yes,” he said.
"Did you fill out the worksheet for that lesson?” Again, he confirmed he had.
“Did you follow the instructions given in the teleworkshop when you wrote this for your auction?”
Deafening silence! Finally, “No,” was his reply.
“Any particular reason?” I asked.
His sad response was, “I didn’t think about it.” Whoops! Dropped ball.
You may have heard that there are three kinds of people in life. I’m going to add one more to that group of three.
1. There are people who make things happen. (This is where you want to be.)
2. There are people who watch things happen. (This is where you might have been.)
3. There are people who wonder, what happened? (Don’t want to be there.)
4. Finally, there are people who blame others for whatever happened or didn’t happen. (You definitely do not want to be there. This is about as far from ‘being in control” as anyone can get.)
Back to basics:
Why did you decide to get into this coaching/mentoring program now? If you are like almost all people, it was because you want to be in control, to learn how to be and stay in control of first, your life and second, whatever venture you plan to engage in to improve your financial situation. Is that not correct? Sure it is. When you do not go after the assignments given to you, if you do not get them, if you do not own them, if you do not take possession of them so that you have them and make them your own, then there is only one option left. You default to “fumble.”
Now, understand, we do not expect you to do this “perfectly.” In fact, if you get into Perfectionism (which is based in a fear of failure) then when you get the ball you are so up tight you can’t help but fumble. We are not talking about that. We expect you to do your best each week. If you fumble some of or all of your assignments, own up to the fumble, commit to yourself and your coach/mentor that you will improve next time. Then put together a plan of action for change and improvement in your Journal and then do it! Get it done. That is what winners do. That is what winning entrepreneurs do. That is what you signed up to learn and do – for you!
So, from now on, when you get assignments from your coach, go after them, get on them, get through them, and get them done. Take ownership of your time, your focus, your commitments, your work and your outcomes. Get it and get it done. Do your best, no excuses. If that means you read the lessons a dozen times, that is what you do. Whatever it takes for you. This is your life, your business, your coaching, your time to get things going and get it done.
This is what it is all about. You can do it. We know you can. Now, get it done and have fun! Make it a GREAT week!
-Adam Wade & Maikel Bailey
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