One of the great truths in life is, “It is not what you know that counts, but what you do with that knowledge that makes all the difference.”

For example, let’s pretend you are not happy with your weight and you want to be healthier.  Everyone knows it is important to eat better quality food and to exercise more.  So why then do we not do what we know we should do?  We can give lots of “reasons” and excuses can’t we?  Another example, let’s say a professional sales person is not happy with the amount of money they make each month.  Every sales person knows that you need a consistent habit of prospecting for new business each day in addition to working hard to care for the needs of existing clients.  Why then do sales people not do what they know they should do?  Again, there are lots of “reason” and excuses.

We all have areas in our lives that we would like to see changed or improved.  The truth is, we already know what we need to do to see change happen in our lives.  We can always find excuses and reasons to justify and defend why we are not doing those things.  However, that is the very thing that sets the successful people apart from the unsuccessful people.  The greatest challenge we face in life is the challenge of disciplining ourselves.  To control our thoughts, direct our behaviors, manage our tasks and master ourselves is the greatest victory we can have in life.  Those who do not allow their appetites, bad habits, fears or passions to rule and dictate how their lives will go, enjoy success and great fulfillment.

So let’s do the things we know we should be doing.  No more procrastinating.  No more excuses.  Let’s set daily and weekly goals.  Let’s find an accountability partner to help us not weasel out of our commitments.  Let’s make the common sense things in our lives common practice. And in the process become uncommon ourselves.  Good luck!  Let us know how it is going for you.