Today I wanted to put together a list of key concepts for achieving what you want and becoming successful. I’ve come up with a list of ten ideas that I think are crucial and will discuss below.
#1 Time is a finite resource and the only thing you can truly never get back. With that being said, time is your most valuable resource and you must have enough self respect to use your time wisely. Identify inefficiencies and habits that do not add value to your life, and eliminate them.
Some examples that I’ve noticed were years ago I used to waste time watching TV. I still do on occasion but nowhere near as much as I used to. Maybe 4 hours a week at best. Instead I’ll read a book. When someone takes the time to write a book they’re usually putting their best foot forward, assembling the highest quality information they have to offer and are functioning at a high state of consciousness.
By reading this type of material you’re forcing your mind to access this higher state as well. Watching TV will put you in a trance like state, make you open to suggestion, usually provide a brief 15 minute generalized overview of some arbitrary subject matter, saturated with commercials. Just making this one change will bring massive compounding returns over the course of your life.
Also be aware of aimlessly browsing the internet for no apparent reason. A few addition suggestions for a more constructive use of your time would be going to the gym, cleaning up or working on a project around the house, planning some time together with a friend or family member, putting more time into a hobby or sport, taking a class on something that interests you, volunteering, traveling, meeting new people, researching different ways to invest, or make money, learning ways to advance your career, or earn a new certification, cooking, meditation, researching any other subject matter that’s of interest to you, watching YouTube videos that actually serve some sort of purpose in your life, and the list goes on.
There’s no excuse to be lazy and waste time. Life’s too short and when you reach the end what will your most cherished memories be? Time spent on the couch watching TV, or times where you actually got off your ass, stopped being a spectator, and actually participated in life?
#2 Actively take action to improve your physical well being by going to the gym, lifting weights, doing cardio, stretching, yoga, or whatever else it is you enjoy doing. Continue to learn about diet and nutrition as much as possible. Eat healthy, supplement vitamins and minerals that may be deficient in your diet. Learn about the functionality of these vitamins, the enzymes they produce, how they impact your brain, your metabolism, your digestion, and your overall mood.
Learn about eliminating trans fats, simple sugars, chemicals, food additives, high fructose corn syrup, cheap low quality fats, genetically modified foods, hormone saturated, antibiotic pumped meets that come from animals being fed nutrient deficient food sources.
Learn about heavy metal poisoning, mercury, aluminum, and how our bodies struggle with an excessive load of toxicity in the modern world. Learn about the lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the standard American diet. Take action to maintain and increase your level of well being. The multibillion dollar drug industry is part of the problem, not the solution. Do you want a doctor who treats the cause of your problems or the symptoms?
Stay active, make sure you’re getting enough protein in your diet, eat complex carbs and good, unsaturated fats. So many times I’ll see people high up in the company I work for who make an impressive income, but are some of the most fat, unhealthy, out of shape individuals I’ve ever come across. What good is money and financial success without your health? Obviously health is extremely important which is why I’ve listed it as number two.
#3 Have a list of written goals. Read them often and update them as necessary. You have to have a clearly defined purpose in life. You need to know what it is you’re working towards accomplishing, both over the next few years, and also much longer down the road in life.
Have a vision and bring that vision into reality. I’ve come to notice that sometimes I’ll lose motivation, or get a little complacent with my day to day life. When I read my goals I become realigned with my purpose and it motivates me to regain focus, pushing forward to make my dreams a reality.
My goals are well written and reconnecting with the energy put into them always gives me a boost of motivation. Even better when I notice that some of the items on the list have been complete, or at least have seen great leaps of progress.
It’s amazing how much can be accomplished incrementally over time. Be sure to write goals that are specific, measurable, realistically obtainable, and that cover all areas of your life. I have goals about finance as well as my physical fitness and relationships. Stay balanced and constantly improve all areas of your life. Goals are necessary to keep that clarity of purpose in your life.
#4 Seek out positive influences, role models, and people who have already achieved the things you’re setting out to accomplish. For me, the sources of influence have varied drastically. I’ve met some people who I wouldn’t exactly envy, but who really thrived in certain areas, and had a lot to offer on specified subject matters.
You’d be amazed at what you can learn and how much these people have to offer when they thrive in an area that you’re seeking to develop for yourself. Additionally, I’ve come across many resources on the internet, video blogs, information products, and articles from highly successful people who have so much to offer.
I may not have access to many self made millionaires in my social circle, but there are plenty of them I can access through the internet, and that is invaluable. What’s a better use of your time? Watching mindless entertainment on TV, or listening to advice and experiences of someone who has achieved an amazing level of success?
I’ve learned so much and have been exposed to so many different things in this way that I couldn’t be more grateful to live in the age of information. Anything you’d ever want to learn about is out there if you’re willing to look for it. There’s no excuse not to become successful and achieve your goals with that amount of resources available. And you can accumulate so much knowledge IF you use your time wisely.
#5 This one goes hand in hand with #4. Read. Anything you’re interested, want to know more about, or feel will benefit your life, read as much as you can on these subjects. If you’re going to work out, read about methodologies for accomplishing your goals, and getting the body you desire. If you want to improve your diet, read about nutrition. If you want to learn about emotions, the subconscious mind, and the influence it has on you, relationships, finance, investing, real estate, whatever it is that you enjoy, read about it, and expand your knowledge.
I already touched upon this in #1. Every once in awhile I’ll go on amazon and order a bunch of books on a variety of topics. Then I’ll go through them and pick out whatever it is that peaks my interest at the time. I also have a nook that’s loaded with dozens of books. My writing ability would be much weaker if I didn’t read regularly.
#6 Always be open to new ideas and information even if you don’t fully agree with everything someone has to say. Everyone has something interesting and unique to offer from their own life experiences. Just because you don’t believe in one thing someone has to say or values, doesn’t mean that everything they contribute is worthless. If you’re only learning from people who are similar to you, you’re setting limitations on yourself.
It’s ok to disagree on some issues but see the value in other aspects of the content others are putting out. Many of my influences are highly intelligent people, but I don’t always agree with their ideas or the way they choose to live their lives. None the less, I’m always eager to learn from them even if not everything being taught is congruent with my values. As long as you can think for yourself, take the good, analyze the not so good, and if something doesn’t sit well with you, just filter it out based upon your own logical evaluation, you have nothing to lose.
#7 Network and meet as many new people as possible. Talking to new people and making new connections can create a social circle that over time can become one of your greatest assets. Knowing a large amount of people with many different talents, abilities, skill sets, and specialized knowledge will be of great benefit to you. If you come up with a business idea you’ll have potential partners, or just people you can consult with to bounce some ideas off of. You can advance and grow together as a group.
As you continue to advance in life you can pull others up with you and they can help you to reach the next level for yourself. Be social, be friendly, offer value to others, and you’ll be surprised at the amount of value that flows back to you. Sometimes you’ll stumble upon people that can open doors for you, or expose you to different opportunities you’d otherwise never know existed.
#8 Understand proven models of success. Learn what those who have come before you have done to make things work and get to where you want to be. There are logical, sequential steps, strategies, tactics, and philosophies that have allowed others to get to where they are today. Learn these things and apply them to your own situation. If you can understand the process, know how, and why it works, you should then have no trouble applying it and obtaining similar results.
#9 Keep a positive attitude and believe in yourself. You have to stay positive and expect great things. Be persistent. Learn from your experience, and learn from your mistakes. Positivity becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. If you expect good things to happen, you’ll behave in a way to make them a reality. Same goes for the opposite. Believe in yourself, your ability, and your vision.
Never give up because you’ll never know how close you are to really breaking through. Continue to learn, grow, try new things, refine your approach, and enjoy where you’re currently at on your journey. The more passionate and determined you are, the more people will see this and want to help you to succeed. Your attitude will make or break you.
#10 Think long term. Don’t expect everything to happen overnight. There’s a process that must take place for you to get to where you want to be. Things take time, and effort. Success will incrementally grow off of your previous steps, and eventually things will begin to snowball. As long as you continue to move in the right direction don’t worry if you’re not quite where you’d ultimately like to be just yet.
Lessons have to be learned and you have to put in the work to earn it, otherwise when that day comes you won’t be able to truly appreciate the achievement. Things take time to develop and grow. Rome wasn’t built in a day. As long as you continue to take action and to increase your knowledge, skill set, ability, experience, and social circle, things should generally be moving in a positive direction. Stick with it and over time you’ll be amazed with the results.
That’s all for today. This one felt good to put together. It’s this sort of thinking that helps me stay motivated and to keep on pushing forward when I hit a rough patch, or get frustrated with my own progress. I hope you found some of these ideas and concepts helpful. Thank you for reading.
Ten Key Concepts for Success – SoLongMediocrity.com