I’m in Cambodia for the week, and it’s a total shock.
This place has completely transformed in the past year since I’ve been here.
…it’s getting much nicer and more developed.
The Chinese, Koreans, and Vietnamese have invested a lot of cash in this place and it’s showing.
They’re turning this country around from a disaster to a destination. Giant malls, 5-star villas, waterfront casinos.
But there are still some silly habits going on that are keeping Cambodia from being respectable.
There is an empty 20-story building I was shown with SOLD OUT apartment units. The place could be very nice… if it was finished.
The skeleton of a building has paused it’s construction for one year.
The developers took the money that they were using to finance construction and gambled it away at the casino.
1. Took the money from people who were shopping for nice, new apartments in the center of town.
2. Faked like they were going to come through, building all the floors and scaffolding.
3. Took a holiday to the casino with all the funds for the project… and LOST ALL OF THE MONEY, ending up with…
4. Hundreds of irate customers and ruined reputations.
You might be doing something similar to these “business moguls”.
I’m not accusing you of ripping off hundreds of people for millions of dollars then losing the money.
But I am suggesting you might not keep all of your promises…
Have you ever promised yourself that you would get up early in the morning to work on your business or hit the gym?
…only to find that when the alarm went off you were “too tired”?
Have you ever promised yourself you would lose the extra weight or hit the gym harder?
…only to find that potato chips and television just got the better of you?
Have you ever promised yourself you would not care how many times you heard “no” before you got a “yes”?
…only to find yourself giving up after one or two rejections?
Most people don’t keep the promises they make to themselves.
But if you want to be a top performer you have to do what you say you will.
That’s what men of integrity do, though it has nothing to do with honor.
It has everything to do with your belief in yourself.
If you don’t do what you say you will no one will ever believe in you (even yourself).
The promises you make to yourself are the most important promises to keep, because they are also the easiest to break.
The problem with breaking these promises has nothing to do with the immediate result, it’s about the future you.
We all have bad days, we all miss a workout here or there, we all give up too soon sometimes. Big deal. The road to success is paved with countless failures.
What counts is not giving up.
If you don’t keep the promises you make to yourself, you won’t believe you can do it next time.
No promises kept = no self-belief.
Self-belief is the number one trait of successful people from Ghana to Germany. It’s what takes people with no skills but big heart from the ghetto to the palace garden.
It’s what every master in every field has in abundance.
And you’ll need it if you want to start making big moves in your life.
Good things seem to come to you when you keep your promises. I promise.