To Reach Your Goals, You Need to Be Stubborn (About the Right Kind of Thing)

January 12, 2019 ​- 17 Comments

The story goes that if you work hard, you'll eventually get rewarded. If you just put in the effort and stick with it through the hard times, it will pay off, right?

Well... maybe.

Unfortunately, for many of us, that "sticking with it" part seems to drag on forever and the paying off part is nowhere to be seen.

Sure, maybe your problem is primarily procrastination, but maybe you follow this simple formula or have found some other way to beat procrastination and you really do put in the time and effort.

And yet, still no success in sight.

If this describes you, then maybe you've been stubborn about the wrong things.


The Missing Ingredient

I've recently published many posts in which I looked at some of the biggest obstacles that keep entrepreneurs from success and tried to break them down into the shortest, most actionable solutions possible.

For example: this dead-simple way to finally prioritize what really matters.

Comments here on the blog and inside my productivity course have been invaluable in helping me understand where you're getting stuck and how I might be able to help.

And that brings me to today's video.

Through the discussions I've had, I've come to what I think could be the missing ingredient for many people. But it's something that's difficult to break down into simple steps. It's fuzzy, if you will.

What I'm talking about ultimately comes down to developing self awareness.

I strongly believe that an entrepreneur's character has a profound influence on their business. And that we project both our strengths and our shortcomings onto our businesses.

And so, developing a successful business has a lot to do with developing ourselves. With growing entrepreneurship, leadership, strategic thinking, communication and productivity skills.

How can we hope to do any of this effectively, without self-awareness?

In short, I propose that self-awareness many be the missing ingredient to your success. Not just any level of self-awareness, mind you. I mean self-awareness deliberately and specifically cultivated to help you think more clearly about your situation and your actions. Self-awareness as a practiced skill, that helps you course correct along the way.

Watch the video to see 1 simple habit I recommend, for developing this skill.

And leave a comment, to let me know what you think!

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About ​Shane Melaugh

I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better entrepreneur and product creator. Read more about my story here.

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  • chris hobson says:

    Lots to learn, and your videos really do help. Great content.


  • Gabriella Kozma says:

    Great video Shane! You are getting closer to the core. Keep on doing that. :)


  • It is refreshing to hear ‘common sense’ for a change. Getting closer to success by the day, please keep producing these video’s.


  • I totally agree with this…I’m noticing it more in more in myself each time I either do or don’t live up to my aims and goals.

    On a separate note, which Thrive theme do you use for this site Shane? I like the simple minimalist design and narrow layout and would like to use for my site (I’m a Thrive themes member)


      • Me too! It looks different on my site though…I have it set to the narrow post layout but it is not as narrow as it is here. Do I need to use custom css to adjust it? Feel free to signpost me to Thrive support if that’s a better place for me to ask :-)

      • I don’t have custom CSS for that, no. Do you have both the blog layout and blog post layout set to Narrow? Yeah, if that doesn’t work, then Thrive Themes support will be able to help you out much more effectively than me.

      • I already have it set as you do so I’ll contact Thrive Themes support to work it out…many thanks :-)

  • Self awareness is a great addition to the formula. I guess I would have found out in that diary how I am falling in the same “traps” again and again. About concentration and diversification strategy, I also like what is stated on this video


  • Great post! You really summarised what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and the daily problem faced.


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