In this episode I welcome Joshua Smith, a friend, colleague, and top 1% world-wide real estate producer. Host of GSD Mode (Get Shit Done Network) He’s been a mentor to me over the years and has been instrumentally inspiring to me through some tough times.
“There are two kinds of pain: pain from discipline, and pain from regret. Choose wisely.” – Joshua Smith
GSD (Get Sh*t Done) Mode is not only Joshua’s brand but it is his philosophy on life. This guy has gone from homeless to 30 Under 30 in a decade and has inspired thousands along the way to push for the same success in their own lives.
Joshua attributes his success to his laser focus and commitment (he would say obsession) to reaching his goals.
“Guard your focus as if your life depends on it, because it does.”
This quote is something that personally struck a chord with me some years back and it has defined who I am and how I live my life today. What is success without focus? It is just a desire. By getting really clear on what you want and then choosing to wake up and focus on getting there each and every day, you will eventually experience the level of success that you’d always dreamed of.
Joshua has not only developed his personal brand to a level that is recognizable across multiple industries, but he has also created multiple companies that are all specialized, profitable and inspiring others to take life by the horns.
“Building successful companies is about hiring the right team. Success can’t be achieved alone.”
All successes are small decisions made over and over which compound. It’s not something that happens overnight, rather it’s something that develops over time when there is intentional and clear action towards the goal.
If you can get laser focus for the next 12 months, that’s all you have to worry about. You don’t need to decide what you’ll be doing when you’re 90, but as long as you can get clear for the foreseeable future you’ll be able to create a conscious and concise path to get there.
These 3 steps are what Joshua has found to help him the most:
1. Energy Management: This comes from maintaining good health. If you’re not healthy then you can’t tackle each day with as much energy as you need to maintain your clarity. When you have a choice between a burger and a salad, think about which one will fuel you and which one will weigh you down. Chances are the burger is going to need a nap and the salad will clear your head and help you power through.
2. Elimination: So many people think success is in addition. But the real question is, what is holding you back from getting exactly what you want? Once you see this clearly, you can take steps to eliminate it. This can be actions, habits or relationships. Blockages must be eliminated. The reasons why you want to attain the goals you do should also be openly and clearly discussed with the people around you. If they don’t support your path or present an unnecessary obstacle, take action steps to eliminate these problems and obstacles.
3. Daily Practice: It’s easy to go to a conference or listen to a podcast and feel incredibly motivated. It’s difficult to stay motivated for decades at a time, day after day. A daily practice to maintain motivation and focus on the goal is absolutely essential. Visualization, meditation, health maintenance, reevaluate progress, refocus. Invest in your self-development.
“If you’re not growing, you’re dying, you’re decaying.”
Consistency is king and through being consistent with these three steps, there’s no reason success won’t be your future. You don’t have to have as much talent as you think, however. If you are consistent, the talent will develop as you go along and eventually you’ll be an expert in your field or industry because you consistently put in the time to learn, grow, apply and reevaluate.
If you’re not sure where to start or what industry would be best suited for you, find something you’d do for free. This is a quick and easy way to realize how you can pair passion with career and turn that into your purpose.
We are all here to provide something unique, so don’t try to be like everyone else. Highlight what you’ve got to give and never let that go.
Check out the full podcast here to get motivated and engage your laser focus on your dreams.
Final Words by Joshua Smith:
At the end of the day, you have an ultimate scoreboard. This is the tally of everything you’ve done in your life and you don’t want to look back on things and wish you’d actually taken action.
Are you going to choose the daily pain of discipline and achieve your dreams, or are you going to not do anything and live with the pain and regret?