Dear High Achiever:

I’VE GOT IT LOCKED UP somewhere in my visual and auditory memory bank. I don’t know who, what, where, when, why or how it got there. But it’s there. And I’m grateful.

“What is it?” you ask.

It’s a reminder. And it’s -

A very real picture. Of? Of a whiney, wimpy voice of a person, perhaps named Johnny, Suzie, or Steve. The name doesn’t matter (unless it’s yours).

And here’s what they are saying…

“I’m trying… to lose weight but this diet’s not working.”
“I’m trying… to quit smoking but I just can’t.”
“I’m trying… to open up that big account but the economy stinks.”
“I’m trying… to wake up early but its dark out at five in morning.”
“I’m trying… to get a date or meet the right man/woman.”
“I’m trying… to get to the gym at least 3 days a week.”
“I’m trying… to get an interview at XYZ Corporation.”
“I’m trying… to save money but I just can’t seem to find the bank.”

Got it?

I have to tell you, it’s excruciatingly painful every time I hear the words “I’m trying” come out of someone’s mouth at a seminar, at a cocktail party or - Damn It! — ANYWHERE.

I automatically picture Johnny or Suzie or Steve making that wimpy, whiny face of defeat, acting as if they’ve really given it all they’ve got, and saying…

“I’m trying.”

You might say — or I could say — like Avis:

“Try Harder!”

But that’s not what Hertz Rental Car is saying, is it?

Hertz says: “I Am …” or “We Are …” the #1 rental car company in America.

Hertz isn’t “Trying.” They’re doing it … being it … living it.

And so should you!

FYI ACTION IDEA: You’ve got to say, with conviction –

“I Am … Damn It!”

– and be on a mission to achieve your goals and dreams.

Get Rockin’ & Rollin’. Be like Jake and Elwood - The Blues Brothers. (You remember the movie, don’t you?) Be on a mission (from God!)

When I was promoting and producing seminars I didn’t say –

“I’m trying to put 1,300 people in Count Basie Theater to see Jeffrey Gitomer.”

I said, I am selling 1,300 tickets. And the place is going to be packed and rocking for this sales seminar.”

I didn’t say “I’m trying to sell 5,000 tickets to see Christopher Reeve at the Empower New Jersey seminar.”

I said I am filling this baseball stadium.”

Did I sell 1,300 tickets at my first seminar with Gitomer?

No! I sold 800.

Did I sell 5,000 tickets to the Christopher Reeve event?

Not even close.

Did it matter?

Not at all.

Both events were wildly successful. What mattered most was that the audience was empowered, inspired and entertained and I reinforced my conviction and belief that what I’m doing makes a positive difference in peoples lives.

Speaking of entertainment. I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but I know there millions of people who are and perhaps you’re one of them. If you are, I’m certain you know the famous quote from Jedi Master Yoda when he was teaching Luke Skywalker:

Do, or Do not. There is no try.

“I am” a big fan of Yoda’s quote and here’s the YouTube clip if you’re not familiar with the scene.

FYI Takeaway: I encourage you to embrace the “I am” philosophy and mindset. It has literally transformed my life, my self-confidence, my self-esteem and my belief that “I am” worthy of everything I want in life.

And so are you… “I am” certain.

Make It Your Best Year Ever!

Author's Bio: 

Eric Taylor is the Chief Inspiration Officer of and founder of New Jersey based Empowerment Group International. He delivers more than 100 energized and interactive keynotes, workshops and seminars each year to corporations, associations and tradeshows. He is the author of the Energy Passport, Co-creator of the Best Year Ever! Success System and Co-author of The Complete Sales Training Encyclopedia. To get complete details about Eric’s background, his products and services, visit Eric Taylor’s Blog and review Eric Taylor’s Profile.