You Are What You Do

by Blair Evan Ball on March 11, 2015

Rushing Through Life

What are your daily to do plans?

So what are your activities accomplishing?

Are you rushing through life, or do you have a clear vision of where you are going?


Call it walk the Talk or Talk the Walk.

Obsess about your activities, your to do list. Examine it each morning and night. Does it reflect exactly your one, two or three brand priorities? Your social media priorities?

We are so busy, with so much to do, and so little time, that we feel that we cannot take the few minutes necessary to sit quietly and be alone with ourselves.




You continually clarify what you stand for, by your daily activities and actions.

How do you want to be perceived by your peers, friends, family and co-workers?

What you believe yourself to be, you are.

Whenever you are in doubt about a course of action, simply ask yourself, “Is this the right thing to do?” And then behave accordingly.

People act as they thing and also react to the thought of others, especially when it is stronger and more convincing than their own.

I would like to point out that hard work alone will not bring success. The world is filled with people who have worked hard but have little to show for it. Something more than hard work is necessary: it is CREATIVE THINKING and firm BELIEF in your ability to EXECUTE your IDEAS.

The successful people in history have succeed through their thinking. Their hands were merely helpers along the way.


If you were to ask 100 people this question only one might be able to tell you exactly what they want out of life. Not something vague and wishful.



Napoleon Hill once wrote, “Within every difficulty or obstacle is contained the seed of an equal or greater benefit or advantage.”


According to a recent study we process more information in one year, than our forefathers did in a lifetime. Today we are bombarded with all this digital noise of stuff and information.

Yet the greatest force is the ability to see through the clutter to what’s most critical and important in our lives and business. Focusing on the meaningful and letting the trivial go.

It has been said that man uses about 3-4% of their given abilities. Yet the human mind is far more capable than you realize. Get away from the clutter and noise for 30 mins. and focus on the specific’s of what you stand for and what you want. You’ll be amazed at clarity that will come through if practiced often.


Dare to Go Forward

Many people have exciting hopes, dreams and visions for the future. But only a few people have the courage to take the risks necessary to turn those visions into realities.

The most important part of courage is the willingness to launch, to take action in the direction of your goals and dreams, with no guarantee of success. Courage requires that you take risks with time, money, emotion and other resources.

Courage requires that you accept the possibility of…

  • Losses
  • Setbacks
  • Obstacles
  • Difficulties
  • and temporary failure.

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

– Michael Jordan

The rule is that it is impossible to succeed without failing. Failure seems to be an indispensable prerequisite for success. You only learn to succeed by failing, and by then evaluating the reasons for your failure. The faster you fail in a forward direction, the faster you succeed.

Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM, was once asked by the young journalist Arthur Gordon, “Mr. Watson, how can I be more successful faster?”

Watson replied with these profound words, “If you want to succeed faster, you must double your rate of failure. Success lies on the far side of failure.”

It seems that you will fail far more times than you succeed. Murphy’s Law will apply to every new goal that you attempt: “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.

And of all the things that can go wrong, the worst possible things will go wrong at the worst possible times, and cost the most money.”

The first corollary to Murphy’s Law is that, “Murphy was an optimist.”


Fear of Failure

The way that you develop the habit of courage is by acting courageously whenever courage is called for. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that the most important lesson he learned as a young man was, “In every situation do the thing you fear.”

He concluded, “If you do the thing you fear, the death of fear is certain.”

You develop the habit of courage by moving toward the things you fear. You develop the habit of cowardliness by moving away from or avoiding the things or people that you fear. From this day forward, make it a habit to confront your fears, to face your fears, to do the things that you fear and to deal with the people and situations that make you feel fearful. Each time you face a fear and overcome it, not only does your courage increase, but your self-esteem and self-respect goes up as well. You become a stronger and more confident person.

Eventually, by continually doing the things you fear, even when your natural tendency is to avoid them, you will reach the point where you are not really afraid of anything. You will recognize that facing fear is just something that leaders do each day, like driving through rush hour traffic.

It is unfortunate, but inevitable and unavoidable.

The Greek stoic philosopher Epictetus once wrote, “Circumstances do not make the man; they merely reveal him to himself.”

Develop the habit of asking this question…

“What one great thing would I dare to dream, if I knew I could not fail?”



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About Blair

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Blair Evan Ball is a Social Media Coach and founder of Prepare1, a company that works with businesses, individuals and non-profits. He is a former executive with a Fortune 50 company, and his national division did $1Billion+ in sales annually.

Blair has written three e-books: Facebook for Business Made Easy, Facebook Pages for Business Made Easy, and WordPress Blog Setup Made Easy.

Blair also educates, trains entrepreneurs and business professionals how to amplify their brand, increase revenues, and raise more funds.

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