Stop Trying to be Successful

We are all aiming for success. Success in our business. Success in our lives. One of the keys to accomplishing success is our commitment and the language we use. Some people have a low commitment to success, and it’s apparent in their language. For example, sometimes people will tell me that they are going to “try” to quit smoking. I know when someone tells me they are going to try to do something that most likely they will fail. In fact, they are planning to fail. Their language has prepared themselves and others for the possibility of failure.

If someone says they will try to stop smoking, and you see them a few months later and they are still smoking, they can say that they tried to quit but it didn’t work. The key is to not permit the possibility for failure in our minds or in our language.

If you plan to quit smoking, tell people that you are going to quit smoking, and tell them when you will do it. Don’t use the word “try,” because it has failure built into it.

If you plan to grow your success, tell people what you are going to do and tell them your deadline. Don’t use the word “try.” The key is your mindset and your language.

When you plan to achieve a goal follow these steps:

  1. Decide what your goal is and what your deadline will be to accomplish it.
  2. Be sure that failure is not an option in your mind or language.
  3. Tell others about your goal and deadline without the word “try.”
  4. Do it.

Stop trying to be successful.

Just be successful.


Read past articles in Greg’s Million Dollar Mindset at Promo Marketing Magazine

AboutGreg Muzzillo, Founder of Proforma

Greg Muzzillo started Proforma as an industry distributor in 1978. The company grew quickly and in the early 1980s Proforma was recognized for three consecutive years on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in North America. In the late 1980’s Proforma introduced its membership program to enable distributors to retain their business ownership and independence, and to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more. Today Proforma has more than 750 members with over $500 million in sales. Proforma has over 100 members in its Million Dollar Club and more than 40 members in its Multi-Million Dollar Club (With sales ranging from $2 million to over $26 million). In 2014, eight Proforma members were named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 List of the 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.


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