Giving yourself some tough love now that will pay off later.
Success is not an overnight process. You cannot get there on the Express train. No one just woke up one day and became successful. You will have to do the time. Ten thousand hours.
The reason why most people fail while others succeed is that you don’t want it badly enough. What did you do today to bring you closer to success? What are you willing to give up?
You’ll need a mindset shift. You can’t do the same things as before. They will get you the same results. One thing that has worked for me was getting fit and healthy.
I wake up at 4:30 and get my ass to the gym.
When the alarm goes off, I switch on the light, throw off the blankets, and get up. I brush my teeth, put on my running shoes and I am out of the door.
I don’t even let any thought cross my mind. As soon as you give it any kind of breathing space, it is going to slow you down. There are hundreds of reasons why you can just stay in bed. It is not against the law. You cannot get locked up for it.
You’ve only given up an hour of sleep, but what have you gained? When others are just waking up, you had your natural feel-good medicine (you didn’t even need a prescription), your day starts off on a high and your energy levels will last you the whole day.
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” — Mark Twain
I periodically fast for short periods of time. It helps me clear out distractions and zoom into the fundamentals. However, like clockwork, it will be the day when everyone in the office decides to get pizza for lunch. You feel like the chief fun spoiler for saying no.
Are you working better with your money? They say the fastest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket. To have financial freedom means you don’t have to stay at a job you don’t like. It gives you options.
You don’t have to become a minimalist overnight, but one day sit down and take stock of where your money is going. You will see it flying in all different directions. Things you don’t need. You have enough. Stop buying.
You absolutely have to put yourself first, every time.
It is nothing against nobody. If you give people the chance, they will want the old you back. They like the old you because it makes them feel more comfortable with who they are.
Who sits in front of their laptop on a Saturday night when everyone is out partying? Well, in a few years you will be living your dream while they are still partying on Saturday night.
You want something better for yourself. You owe it to you. Once you know, you cannot go back.
You realise it is only yours truly who is keeping you from achieving the ideal life that you have mapped out for yourself. It is one thing to write the manuscript, but the beauty lies in the implementation. Is your manuscript collecting dust above the kitchen sink?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” — Wayne Gretzky
We all have only one life. Stop living on someone else’s terms. Start right now to design the life you want. Put down your goals for the next 12 to 18 months. Also, write down milestones you want to achieve in 3 or 6 months. Make it realistic and achievable.
It will never feel 100% right, you have to trust the process. Get your priorities straight.
Make the decision today to start living your best life.