1. Stop Being Reasonable
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~ George Bernard Shaw
Success does not occur naturally. Yes, some form of “natural talent” may exist but talent is just a starting point. DO NOT be deceived by it.
Genius is much less about genetics and much more about mindset. Start believing new things about yourself. Change your perspective on your ability. Make everything a skill instead of a talent.
Lesson: The dedicated unreasonable man achieves the unthinkable.
2. Stop Avoiding your Fears
“What we resist persists. What we look at disappears.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
When you avoid fear, you maintain and magnify it. Fear isn’t real. Fear isn’t what’s actually happening. It’s just your reaction to it.
Nothing rises indefinitely. Fear, if you face it, will soon begin to subside the more you expose yourself to it.
Lesson: The only way out is through.
3. Stop Pursuing Perfection
Perfection is not the art of getting things right but of procrastination.
The pursuit of perfection is standing between you and your goals. You only know when you do because action always brings clarity.
So don’t just consume knowledge, hoarding it for the perfect moment. Use what you’ve consumed. Create something with your knowledge. Execute. Execute. Execute.
Lesson: Execution trumps knowledge
4. Stop waiting for Passion to give you Permission to Start
“Passion is not a trait that exists in advance. It comes with mastery and is cultivated over time.” ~ Cal Newport
Waiting for the stars to align and for passion to strike is a sure sign you’re a perfectionist and perfectionists never take action.
Passion green lights nothing and guarantees even less. When you wait for permission, you squander your most precious resource: time.
Lesson: “Don’t wait for passion to lead you somewhere you’re not. Start by bringing passion to the place where you are.” ~ John Ortberg
5. Build Habits not Goals
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Will Durant
Habits are foundational and goals are simply challenging.
Once the challenge is conquered we tend to move on and in short measure, cast any benefits accrued, to the wayside.
Decide what habits will improve the quality of your life and be deliberate, methodical and unreasonable in their pursuit.
Lesson: If you want to change just one day in your life, set a goal. If you want to change your whole life, build a habit.
6. Be Grateful
“The greedy person lives in a perpetual state of inadequacy.” ~ Charlie Ambler
Learn to craft your own definition of success. To actively focus on all the good things that you have in your life and receive with gratitude the high’s and low’s that are part of the human experience.
If for nothing else, but to compensate for the brains’ natural tendency to focus on threats, worries, and the negative aspects of life.
Lesson: Gratitude is essential for contentment.
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