5 Steps To Success – the motivation we need to feed in both our private and professional life, constantly. Those of us who dare to dream while the rest of the world is having a nightmare are the ones that are not only going to create that abundance that we want for ourselves, but we’re also going to be the leaders that inspire other people to do so for themselves as well.
Redefining success is changing your perspective. Do this by reframing your story and self-narrative.
You may not like the color of your skin or how things are right now, but it is what it is. So the question you should be asking yourself is “what am I going to do with it?” — not about it, but with it. Reframe your life every single day. When you’re brushing your teeth, look up, look yourself in the eye and say “Your name, I love you.” Watch what happens. You’ll start to believe in yourself on a level that is unconscious, and you’ll walk the Earth with a different perspective. I know you may very well say, “But I’m lying to myself” and I agree. You are. But you’re lying to yourself the other way as well. Which lie are you going to tell yourself the most? If you’re saying to yourself that everything is bad — the three Ps: permanent, pervasive and personal — and saying “It’s all about me, I’m doing terrible,” you’re forgetting how much opportunity is out there.
There’s so much greatness going on as well. Napoleon Hill used to say “Within every adversity lies the sea of equal or greater benefit. Look for it! As you seek, so shall you find.” And my saying is, “As you seek, so shall it find you.” Meaning, options will show up if you look for them.
Being optimistic and successful is being aware of and thinking about your options.
Be clear and specific on what you want to achieve. Write it down. Because what you write, you invite; what you don’t, you won’t.
Know your reasons why, your motivations behind your aspirations. Or, you can think about what you are not comfortable with or dislike about your life. For some people, it’s easier to know what they don’t want, instead of what they do want. To their benefit, success can also be defined in terms of being able to minimize the things that don’t contribute to their happiness.
Don’t wait for motivation or inspiration to strike. Just get going. Force yourself to get through the first step.
It’s better to change 10 things by 1% than 1 thing by 10% because that’s very hard for the brain to take. Pick 2 or 3 things until they become a habit and then move on to the next 2 to 3 things. Eventually, you’ll find that you have incorporated 10 to 12 new habits that you don’t need to think about any more because your brain will automatically default to those newly-acquired behaviors. That’s what is called mastering the power of tiny gains.
Make sure you are on the right track, moving towards the success you’re seeking. If you’re not, adjust.
I’ve been doing sports my whole life. For many years my passion was track and field, specifically, high jump. It is performed by running along a curved path, takeoff on one leg and jump over bar. Everything is calculated to the millimeter.
The approach needs the perfect rhythm and speed to come out just right for the take off to happen in the perfect sport, to propel you over the bar. If not, the jump is missed.
What do you do if you miss? You adjust your approach.
You are not in the same shape every day, nor you have the same energy or run at the same speed and rhythm on the approach! Therefore, you have to adjust everything so it comes out perfectly!
It is the same in life. You adjust your plans and methods to carry them out according to the conditions you find yourself. If you stay stucked on the same road you will end up in the same place over and over again. It is impossible to reach different outcomes. You can always realign your values and beliefs according to the life you aspire to live, always starting from your dreams and correcting the course just as a captain adjusts the course of his ship to reach the desired destination or as an athlete works out his approach to get the perfect jump.
A small habit — when repeated consistently — grows into something magnificent. So, when it comes to re-tuning yourself right, I believe you must go above the image and the beliefs you hold of who you simply are in this moment, and instead focus on who you have the potential to be.
Repetition is the mother of all skill, and praise is the father. If you want to speed up the process to success, add praise. Reward yourself by giving yourself a high-five or playing any given song that you choose as your celebration song, because that’s going to teach you to keep on doing what you’re doing — however small — and to do more of it. That’s going to teach you to believe you can, and to see your capabilities clearly.