Have you wanted to get an edge over the competition? Over your coworkers? Or classmates? Or even your teammates?
Have you ever wanted to be better than everyone else? To stand out in the crowd and to become a Lion Amongst Men?
It’s actually not that hard to achieve these aspirations. It doesn’t take superior genetics or an unlimited bankroll or even a great mentor. It takes a commitment to be excellent and the discipline to work towards that goal every single day. Every single waking hour must be spent propelling yourself towards that goal. You must build this discipline into a habit. Succeeding must be a part of your life.
These daily practices don’t have to be big things. They can be small but they must build on each other. They must cause a momentum that will ultimately become an unstoppable force. That force will grow into an indomitable will. An unbeatable mindset and unshakable character.
These habits are derived from the slight edge philosophy. The Outwork Book Club post on the slight edge is here.
Plant these 6 Habits and Grow Success
Habit #1: Show Up
“The world is rife with hesitation, the cornerstone of mediocrity”
Showing up is more than half the battle. Show up everyday and be ready to work. By showing up you have already surpassed more than 50% of the competition. Committing to self development will put you ahead of your peers in any industry. Those that settle for mediocrity will simply exist; they will fall behind regardless of where each of you started. In sports, attending practice everyday will put you ahead of those more talented players that take a day off every few days. Or those that have relied on their talent all of their lives and grow content with their abilities. Show up and outwork them all.
Habit #2: Be Consistent
Taking action, everyday, is what it takes to be successful. Being consistent is the cornerstone of being a disciplined winner. Ever hear of champion that didn’t possess consistent daily habits? No. I only ever hear of champions that do things everyday that have made them into the unstoppable forces that they are. Successful people do the things everyday that the unsuccessful are not willing to do. Tony Robbins is one of the greatest motivational speakers of all time and he said this of consistency, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” Make it count.
Habit #3: Have a Positive Outlook
There is an entire movement in psychology called Positive Psychology. This simply means being positive in any situation and not falling prey to the ‘woe is me’ syndrome that every single person in our society succumbs to.
It is the practice of seeing opportunities instead of problems.
How can this event make my life better? How can I grow from this failure? This doesn’t mean that you can never be down. It is about understanding the ebbs and flows of life. There isn’t a person on this planet that has not suffered a failure. The difference is how you accept that loss.There is saying in the Army regarding tough situations, embrace the suck before the suck embraces you. Embrace those hard times and know that you are becoming stronger by the experience. Through adversity, champions are born.
Habit #4: Be Committed for the Long Haul
Anyone can get motivated enough to achieve a small victory. Losing 20 lbs. in 90 days is easy if you have the weight to lose and find a momentary streak of motivation and inspiration. Most everyone that accomplishes quick weight loss go on to gain it back. They lack the discipline to commit to the long haul. The long game consists of showing up, being consistent, being positive for months- scratch that– years on end. Day after day, year after year of commitment. Of dedication. Of discipline. You have to cultivate that belief in yourself. Champions adhere to their daily habits years and years on end without fail. Lions roam free on the Savannah, everyday of their lives, always ready to conquer their prey.
Habit #5: Cultivate a Burning Desire Backed by Faith
Napoleon Hill’s famous book Think and Grow Rich was based on one principle: desire. He discovered this by interviewing 500 successful people and he noted that without fail, they all possessed a desire to succeed. It was a fire, deep within them that drove them to success.
“I believe in the power of desire backed by faith because I have seen this power lift men from lowly beginnings to places of power and wealth; I have seen it rob the grave of its victims; I have seen it serve as the medium by which men staged a comeback after having been defeated in a hundred different ways.” – Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Faith is key here. Desire itself is just another emotion, like that temporary motivation effect that loses steam after 90 days. Its fickle and unreliable and will often falter when no one is looking. Faith in the process is important. You have to believe, with zero congruence, that you will succeed.
Habit #6: Be Willing to Pay the Price
Kobe Bryant is famous for saying that there is a price for success. We can all be masters of our craft but we have to make sacrifices that comes with that success. We have to pay a price.
The price of failure is much worse than the price of discipline. 10,000 hours of work seems like a long time but it pales in comparison to a lifetime of mediocrity and failure.
Are you willing to pay the price?
In Pursuit of Greatness