Before we dive into this, I want you to take a minute to reflect on your life. Think of everything: what lessons did you learn growing up? How do they apply to you as an adult? One the fastest and easiest ways to get ahead in life is by learning to play offense. This is something that I’ve learned over my years in business and is a learned skill. It’s not something most of us were brought up just knowing how to do.
And think of it, why would we? For many of us, myself included, we grew up living paycheck to paycheck. Picking and choosing which bills would be paid this week just to hold off the collection calls until next payday. Finding a way to make ends meet, rather than creating a method to never have to worry again. Even during my years as an employee, I lived in that same mindset: “how do I keep my money?”
If you look at your life as a game, there are two ways to live it: offensively and defensively. When sports teams play the game offensively, their goal is to move efficiently through obstacles in their way and, ultimately, score. When they’re playing defensively, they wait for the opposing team to make a move. Then, their goal is to try to keep the other team from scoring.
First, it’s good to have a strong offense and defense if you want to win the game. There’s no debating that. But getting the life you truly desire takes more than just skill; it takes the right tactics and strategies. In order to get ahead in the game, just like in life, you must have a strong offensive strategy. But how do you learn to play offense as an adult when you’ve been taught your whole life to live defensively?
Number One: Get A Routine
Set a routine you do every single day that is non-negotiable. Write articles, post on social media, and go out and meet people. Whether you prefer pen and planner or digital calendars, take the time to plan your weeks out in advance. This way you know what’s coming instead of just waiting to see what happens. While you’re planning, don’t forget to leave a few open spaces for anything that may pop up during the week so you don’t have to move things around.
To be honest, even I’m still working on the best way to finish the day right. If you have any suggestions for that, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Number Two: Change Your Circle
Look at the people you hang out with. Are they growing at the same rate as you? Do they inspire you to kick more ass and take more names? Do you talk about money, investing, and creating new opportunities? Are you discussing the latest trends, and where the economy is heading? If your circle isn’t pushing you to be the best you can be, then it’s going to be difficult for you to take that step.
If no one in your life has made it a habit to play offense, then you’re more likely to default to defense too.
Number Three: Start Journaling
Seriously, get a daily journal going that helps you set up your days and sets you up for an offensive strategy. Each day ask yourself, “How can I play offense today? How do I go big and loud?” If you need help getting started, check out my free eBook, “That’s not How you Journal, Jackass.”
The reality of the matter is this: In life, the best defense is a good offense.
It’s time for you to start playing offense like you are in the final game of your career. Stop thinking about how you’re going to pay your bills. Instead, think of how you can produce more cash consistently. How can you turn what you do into a revenue stream that doesn’t leave you scrambling between paychecks?
As a bonus, one of my favorite ways to play offense in my business is to outsource everything I can except sales. When you’re ready to take this step, check out my good friend Lorianne Vaughan Speaks. She has a great article on how to find the right virtual assistant for your business.
The ball is always in your court, and you have control. The moment you relinquish that control is the moment you start to live defensively. Don’t allow yourself to just go through the motions of living. Make it a point to strike first, strike hard, and take down your obstacles to move on to the next big thing. Just making these few mindset changes can have a major impact on how you live your life and work your business.
You’re reading this blog right now because you’re ready to step up and be the badass you dream of being. And you’ve got this. I have faith in you, and you should too. I see that inner badass trying to come out. Now it’s time to rip off the duct tape wrapped around your spirit and Run Like Hell.
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