What happens when you neglect the things that you know you should do?
Hell is truth seen too late. – Thomas Hobbes
The truth is when you neglect something you don’t see the negative impact immediately.
If you did you wouldn’t neglect things because the truth would be so painful.
Imagine if when you neglected to do something important that you could vividly see what would happen immediately.
Imagine you neglected your diet and you see yourself 50 pounds overweight.
Picture in your minds eye that you neglected your finances and you see yourself under a mountain of debt with creditors hounding you.
When you neglect to call prospects in your sales pipeline imagine you see your customers going to your competitors, your bank account getting smaller, and you missing out on the promotion.
The truth is neglect is negative interest compounded over time.
The truth is not doing something is robbing you of your better future.
The truth is neglect is the enemy of sales and the enemy of a healthy, wealthy, and prosperous life.
And that is why neglecting to do something is one of the most dangerous habits you can pick up.
When you do less than you can in hurts you over the long term.
Many people cannot see very far out in the future. If they could they certainly would not be neglecting to do the things that would make them healthy, wealth, and powerful.
In the book The Unheavenly City, Dr. Bandfield found that a person’s time perspective made a major difference in their upward social mobility. He found that the ability to look out further into the future was correlated with success.
Why is that?
Well in my opinion if you can see the all the rewards of your hard labor in the future it makes the present pain , discomfort or uncertainty easier because it’s only temporary and the best is yet to come!
If you had a crystal clear vision of exactly what life will be like when you do all the things you know you should do.
If you had a crystal clear vision of exactly what life will be like when you neglect to do all the things you know you should do.
Would you take action?
Or would you find an excuse.
If you can see the consequences it’s going to be very difficult to find an excuse because it’s right in front of your face.
The truth is because people are not associated to the horrible pain that neglect brings they continue to do it.
It’s like the frog in the pot of water, slowly but surely they increase the temperature until the water is boiling and the frog is cooked.
That is what neglect is doing, it’s slowly destroying your future, it’s slowly robbing you of your income and it’s slowly destroying all the good that you created.
Here is a quick exercise you can do to stop neglect right now! Use the dual forces of pain and pleasure to build a propulsion system so that you can take action NOW!
What are you are putting off doing right now?
In the past, what was the most painful part about taking action?
In the past, what was the most pleasurable part of not taking action?
What would be the most pleasurable part of taking action right now?
What would be the most painful consequences of not taking action now?
What would it mean if you took action right now?
What would it mean if you never took action and put this off forever?
After answering these questions, are you willing to take action right NOW?