Success is defined in so many different ways. LIFE Leadership defines it in terms of the 8 F’s.
The question I consistently ask myself is how do I get myself to move from where I am to where I want to be? Do you ask yourself the same question from time to time?
After listening to a recent audio from the LIFE Leadership Subscription series, I realized there are three very simple, yet profound keys to success in any area of our lives.
1) Maneuver Yourself Into a Position of “I Have To…”
Many of us “want” things to change in our lives don’t we? Perhaps it’s to get out of debt. For others it may be to improve their marriage and become a better parent. Others it may be to find a better job. There are always things that we seek to improve in our lives.
However, the biggest key to increase the speed at which we accomplish those specific things is by moving from a position of “want to” to “HAVE TO”.
Have you ever noticed how you get more things done on your last day of work than you did the previous week? Ever wonder why? It’s because you HAVE TO.
How does a person move from “want to” to “HAVE TO”?
The simplest way is to create some kind of artificial emergency in your life and discipline yourself to perform.
Perhaps you love Coca-Cola. Deny yourself drinking it until you hit your desired outcome or goal.
Perhaps you love hitting the snooze button. Deny yourself that in the morning until you hit your desired outcome or goal.
Love going to the movies? Only allow yourself to watch or go to the movies when you’ve hit your goal or outcome.
Now the key is to not give in and allow yourself to do it without hitting your goal. We do live in a day and age where most people quit.
But you won’t. I know it. Because you HAVE TO hit your goal.
2) Reinforce the Language of Excellence in Your Life
The world around us naturally seeks ease. The world does not reinforce the ideas of sacrifice, discipline or hard work. In a funny twist of fate, in today’s society, the world of sport does. It’s the one area in our culture that the language of excellence is spoken (and even expected).
If you’re going to be part of your own winning team, wouldn’t it make sense to make sure you have that informational reinforcement day in, day out to help you hit your goal?
Informational reinforcement comes from one of two places: first, the information we listen to and read and second, the people we associate with.
This is the foundation of the LIFE Leadership information products.
The audio recordings and books from LIFE Leadership are meant to be a slow drip of excellence in your life that allows you to reinforce the ideas and disciplines you are trying to instill in your own life.
Don’t take this one for granted simply because it’s foreign to you. The world as we know it does not seek excellence.
In fact the moment you seek excellence, you separate yourself from the herd and become a leader not just in your own life, but in your community.
3) Develop Possibility Thinking
Perhaps the part that takes the most physical effort is the part of developing possibility thinking. This means understanding what you want to accomplish and realizing it can be done quicker, faster and more systematically than you ever thought possible.
It’s the “what if” factor.
“What if” is perhaps the most profound question in the English language.
Ask it in the negative sense and you create fear, doubt and worry.
Need an example: “What if I do volunteer for this organization and they give me a task I’m not good at? I think it’s best to simply not volunteer at all.”
See what I mean?
Possibility thinking looks at the same situation only with a positive viewpoint.
“What if I volunteer for this organization and they give me a task I’m not good at? Then I’ll have the opportunity to learn and grow. And more than likely I’ll meet some great people along the way!”
Do you see the difference?
Possibility thinking is all about re-framing your thinking to see the possibilities rather than the struggles.
That is what the LIFE Leadership information products are all about.