You have to be tenacious, audacious, determined, hard-working, cunning, and willing to take risks. There’s no one trait that you need to develop, they are a series of traits, a pattern that you need to align yourself with.
Pattern-Alignment: Is the concept that to achieve a specific result a thing needs to be aligned with the pattern that is most likely to get that result. The trajectory needs to be matched to the target.
The best way you can do this is starting out is by training good habits for yourself. If you want to do ONE THING that will GREATLY impact your life today, it is examining your habits and making changes for the better.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
You will want to take some time to yourself to make a list of the ‘Hard Habits’ that you current have such as:
- Going to work
- Going to school
- Working out
- Making dinner
As well as your ‘Soft Habits’ such as:
- Spending time with family
- Fixing something that needs repaired
- Personal finance activities
The difference between the two is that a ‘Hard Habit’ is one that you are most likely to do everyday or almost everyday. Whereas a ‘Soft Habit’ is one that you may only a couple times per week. Do not be tempted to leave anything out, include anything and everything, no matter how small you may think it is. Time is your greatest asset, and these are the ‘Debits’ on your Time Bank Account.
Next you will need to evaluate which habits you would like to discard and which you would like to do more often.
If for example you would like to spend more time with your family and less time going to work, you will need to find a way to accomplish the goal the result that ‘going to work’ does in a more time-efficient way.
This is where it gets interesting. This is where you get to start being creative and develop the lifestyle that you want.
Going to work is not necessary, if you have another source of income. If you can make the same income that you do from your job with only 25% of the same time invested would you do it? Obviously you would, who wouldn’t want to have more time for themselves?
In fact its not just time that’s being stolen from you when you go to your job, its your independence and sweat equity as well.
Having a job is never fun, even if its one that you ‘love’ because its never really secure and nobody likes being told what to do.
But let’s get back to the meat of the Success Formula that I’ve laid out for you.
If you want to drive yourself to Success, you need to fix your habits. You need to start waking up with a purpose. Usually the first habits to go are the entertainment ones and this is a very good place to begin. For example, you might stop watching so much damn tv. It does absolutely nothing for you. If you want to watch something to relax its better to watch a movie that you’re interested in or a documentary. Tv though is nothing more than a mass programming platform.
Find more productive ways to relax if that’s what you’re trying to accomplish. Do a hobby that simultaneously teaches you a skill or lets your get more exercise. Or if you’re really going to ‘relax’ really DO IT. Take the time to breath and allow your heart-rate to slow down, read a book.
There are a million things better than watching Tv for 5 hours a night or even 1 hour a night.
Change your habits, change your life. When you change a habit for the better you are realigning your pattern. Instinctively we all know which habits we should keep and which we should drop.