Guest post from Robert D. Smith of 20,000 Days and Counting
Everyone in the world has something they would like to do or accomplish… if only they had more money. It could be anything — becoming debt-free, saving enough for a child’s tuition, or even contributing more to charity. The possibilities are truly endless.
The problem is that almost everyone is thinking about the things they would do if they had more money the wrong way. If you think you need money to accomplish anything on your list, I have a newsflash for you—you’re very, very wrong.
The reality is that you are not lacking money at all. You are not lacking time. You are not lacking people. You are not lacking leadership.
The only thing you are lacking is one idea. A single idea that will change everything for you, your family, and everyone you want to use that money to influence.
How to Find the One Idea
The one idea is never as elusive as we make it out to be. Many times it is something that is so simple we overlook it for one reason—fear.
More than anything else, fear is what holds most people back from finding the idea that will impact their income in a massive way. Fear that they can’t do it, fear that they will fail, fear of what others might say if they step out of their comfort zone and actually succeed.
But you know what the funny thing about fear is? Every financially successful person I’ve ever met lived with it both before and after they became financially successful. It’s the people who learn to operate in the midst of fear are people who become massively successful at coming up with ideas that work.
Your fears and worries are normal.
Stepping up, being courageous, and creating the financial life you want for your family and your loved ones does not require that you not be worried or afraid. You can muster enough courage to press on in spite of the fears and worries each day. I promise the ideas will follow.
The Question at the Root of Every Money-Making Idea
I’m sure you’ve heard this question in some form or fashion before, but there’s a reason for that—it works:
What value can I add to the lives of X?
Insert any type of group that applies to your special talent or passion (yes, you do have one) for “X.” For example, in Crystal’s case, X could be “moms.”
Now, there’s a surprisingly easy way to find out the answer to this question about value. It’s a simple seven-question exercise you can do in the next 15 minutes and every day from this day forward.
Your answers to these seven questions will inevitably guide you to those who need your help, your talents, and your value:
- Whose life am I going to brighten today?
- What three things am I most grateful for today?
- What memories am I going to create today?
- What challenge am I going to overcome today?
- What value am I going to create today?
- How much joy can I create for others and myself today?
- What life-changing decision(s) am I going to make today?
Get out a pen or open up a fresh document and start writing. Right now. Set a timer to 15 minutes and don’t stop until the alarm sounds. Ignore all fear, be honest with yourself, and remember that you are never short money…you are only short one idea!
Robert D. Smith is the author of 20,000 Days and Counting and a branding architect and consultant to numerous best-selling authors, in-demand speakers, and entertainers. For over 30 years, he has managed the career of New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews.