Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, has a daily email message that I've found to be inspiring and motivating. See for yourself on his site at DarrenDaily.

A recent message included this image with the question:

If you could go back in time, what do you wish never began?

And I got to thinking about it.

About myself and my personal development journey.

About my business and the areas for improvement I've identified.

And this is what I've come up with:

I wish I had never begun to doubt my abilities to grow a business beyond ‘just getting by'.

This doubting held me back because I began to lower my expectations – of myself, of my clients, of my team.

I began to accept mediocrity and have learned that it is a demotivator and requires no effort, thereby rendering all that I do to be second-rate.

The end result was that I surrounded myself with others who reveled in mediocrity, who weren't impressed with success but actually looked for and applauded all efforts to NOT be special or gifted or motivated. In their eyes it was unnatural to want to be better (because that meant I would be superior to them), unnatural to want to be challenged (because that meant change), unnatural to want more (because so many have less that it's greedy to want more).

This was in 2013.

I ended it in 2014.

Since then I've left the mediocrity behind and have become a better person and a better business owner because of it.

I surrounded myself with people that are focused on being better in their personal lives.

I surrounded myself with people that are ambitious and want more than they have today.

I surrounded myself with people that believe in giving of their time and treasure.

This how I succeeded by ending.

What about you?

If you have something that needs ending – or maybe a list of somethings – then pick one thing.

End it today.
Yes, today. End it.

You can’t change the beginning, but you can create the ending.
Today it’s over.
Say goodbye.

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0 thoughts on “Succeed By Ending

  1. hmm.. one thing on my list. i know i’m definitely going to focus on mental, emotional and physical health this year through exercise and meditation.

  2. Charlene Thanks for this one, For Suzanne and Myself we had a ending put to rest yesterday. Perfect timing. Bring on the New Year. I am More excited about the Now than ever before. Great Blog Thanks

  3. It’s important to learn from the past and to be sure not to dwell on the past. That way looking forward and making a commitment will push us towards our goals and dreams. Thank you Charlene for sharing your insight and experience.

    1. Lynn – Yes, it is important to learn from the past You are so right – to not dwell in it, but learn from it.

  4. Absolutely LOVE this post Charlene! What a powerful question and thank you for sharing such a private lesson with us and so happy that you ended it, moved on and found the solutions! It’s very inspiring to read that! I have had a very similar journey and thanks to some powerful decisions, I have also surrounded myself with people who uplift, motivate and inspire me daily! Thank you, I really enjoyed reading this! 🙂

    1. Zat – thank you! You’re too kind. Good to know someone else has traveled the journey and I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  5. I too have been “ending” things that have a negative impact on my life. Its a different way of looking at things but one that I am sure will bring positive ones to follow!

    1. Elizabeth – congrats on the endings! Shedding the negative will have a terrific impact on your life, though it does take a bit of getting used to.

  6. Beautiful post Charlene. Thank you for sharing your courage and your results. They are truly an inspiration!

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