“Go after the things you want like your life depends on it.”
Because it does. Because going after what you want – going after what you know you have to have – is the difference between living and existing. It’s why you get up an hour earlier than the rest of the world. It’s why you read, study, improve your skills, expand your capabilities and capacities. It’s why you create strong networks of friends.
Why not go after what you want like your life depends on it? And if it does, why not go big?
“You don’t steer history from the sidelines.” – Magnus Christian Hedegaard
Get serious. Get your boots on. Climb in. Go deep. Get dirty.
If you want to matter, if you want to make a difference, you can’t play it safe. You have to immerse in the mess – where you are and with what you’ve got.
Are you ready to go deep?
“Whatever you move toward tends to move toward you.”
We live in a universe fundamentally aligned with attraction. Forces attract each other. The energy of that attraction is indifferent to both the quality of its origination and its ultimate outcome.
You choose the quality of the attraction you set in motion. You choose whether you move toward your highest good, or something substantially less. What will you attract today?
“The person you are most afraid to contradict is yourself.” - Alexander Taleb
It’s hard to let go of all the biased opinions, slanted preconceptions, wrong conclusions, and off-based assumptions that accumulate in our lives. It’s hard to let go of righteous ego, and it’s harder yet to tell ourselves that maybe, just this time, we were wrong. But when reality doesn’t support the beliefs we’ve embraced, no amount of delusional self-talk can change what’s real.
When the facts don’t synch with the spin we’ve been telling ourselves, it’s time to move past the lies and self-deception our stubborn egos cling to. It’s time to stand in our truth and get on with a better life.
“I’ve tried everything in my power to make money but still can’t.” (adapted from Byron Katie)
Sound familiar? Ask yourself a few questions: Is it true? Are you positive; absolutely certain it’s true? How’s your life going because you believe it’s true?
Then ask yourself who would you be without that thought? The reality for most people is the flip side – they haven’t tried everything in their power. Their experience of lack is a daily fulfillment of their belief. And it applies to more than money. It applies to all they want in life.
How are your beliefs limiting your life? You may be in a ditch, looking down. Until you take the time to look up, you can’t see the way out.
Change your beliefs. Undo those thoughts. Empower your life.
“Protect your priorities.”
Forces are out there. They’re distracting you, tempting you to lose focus on your priorities, getting you sidetracked. Unless you commit to what’s non-negotiable for your day, unless you pay attention to what you do and how you execute, you risk winding up with vague results. You risk not getting what you want. You compromise your day.
What’s non-negotiable for today?
“Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.” - Jen Sincero
Goals are for more than the evidence of achievement. You create goals to challenge yourself and discover the remarkable person you become in the process of attaining them. The path to becoming remarkable is not about how you and your work compare with another. Move beyond that. Comparison just messes with your head and depletes your good mojo.
Lose the urge to classify and categorize and critique how you stack up against others. Get focused on the energy and excitement of how you, today, are becoming in some way more than you were yesterday. That’s not comparison, that’s expectancy and it’s wonderful fulfillment.
“Don’t compete with rivals – make them irrelevant.” – W. Chan Kim
What you do is about you and how you make a mark on your world. Don’t keep looking in the rearview mirror, trying to see what everyone else is doing. You’ll lose focus, you’ll get distracted. Pay attention to what you do, and why it matters. Focus on what you love, and then do it distinctively, remarkably.
“Start saying no.”
Value time. You get 24 hours every day, and for a third of that you’re sleeping. If you’re focused on a life of results, you use your time carefully, you appreciate the value you both give and get in those 24 hours.
Those who get things done cherish and prioritize their time. They understand its value, they understand the dear cost of time misspent. Those who get things done say no to the trivial, say no to distractions and diversions. Saying no gives them the space to say yes to what’s important, what creates value, what catapults their lives forward.
Time is precious. Use it wisely. Start saying no.
“Lame, vague goals produce a lame, vague life.”
People wind up where they are because of what they’ve done or what they’ve failed to do. Why do so many fail to create definite goals that would, if pursued, transport their lives beyond their wildest dreams? Is it because designing clear, compelling goals creates tension – the tension of then knowing the gap between where they are and where they could be? Is it the tension of knowing they have to get off their butt and do something if they want to really rock their world? Why do so many choose to just stay stuck in a lame, vague life?
You are in charge. Where you take your life is directed by the dreams and goals you create, and the actions you take to follow and fulfill them. Nothing happens until you first dare to dream. Why not dare to dream? Why not dare to dream with a deadline?