It is a routine practice for me to listen to podcasts when commuting. (This is in itself a positive practice for success, but not quite as transparent), and I recently heard Brian Tracy speak on the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast. His underlying point was in how successful people think.
There are differences in how people think.
Wealthy people think differently from poor people.
Fat people think differently from lean people.
Successful people think differently from unsuccessful people.
Winners think differently from losers.
You can call it what you want but it has been observed over and over and over again. In the real world and by social scientists in lab coats and fancy clipboards. The results are always the same.
If you change the way you think, you can change the outcome of your life.
However, according to Tracy, this only works if you are clear about what you want. You have to have clear, distinct goals that you can work towards achieving. That goal has to be so clear that you can see yourself achieving it. You can’t say that you want to be rich someday. You have to say that you will make a million dollars in 5 years. It has to consume your life and it has to be the bulk of your thoughts.
It has to be the elephant in your head.
Two critical practices were discussed. They are really simple, but simplicity is often the key to action. And action is often the key to success.
Simplicity + Action= Success
1. Have clear, distinct goals (and then feed your mind with lots of new and varying information).
- Write it down. Writing the goal down makes it permanent and makes you the architect of your own life.
- Identify the skill that will help you achieve that goal. After identifying the skill, go out and master it!
- Focus, Focus, Focus
Why this works? Because clear goals will drive your daily actions. Doing small things everyday is easier to manage and more effective for long term success. However, those small things have to be apart of a larger, more grandiose idea. If you don’t have a larger goal you will succumb to distraction. Text messages, social media, email, cable TV, etc. It will consume you if you let it! By learning something new everyday, you are feeding your mind with positive and new information. You will slowly start to transform yourself into a task completing, goal seeking, knowledge pursing, champion of the world.
Ask yourself? If my life was perfect, how would it look? Then ask yourself, how do I get to there from here. Long term thinking dramatically increases short term productivity, says Tracy.
2. The activities of your life.
- Take all the activities in your life and separate them into “A” and “B” activities. “A” activities moves you towards the things you want; things like health, wealth, fitness, and happiness. “B” activities more you away from the things you want. “B” activities are damaging and counterproductive.
- Do “A” activities and stop doing “B” activities. It is that simple. People will tell you that you need balance but incorporating “B” activities into your life will only move you further away from the things you want. Plain and simple.
People with balance in their lives aren’t authorities or billionaires.
Why this works? Because identifying the activities that move you towards the things you want is important to know and understand. All of the skills, techniques, and talents in the world won’t matter unless you are doing things that move you towards your goal.
Key note. Comfort should not be one of the things you want. Comfort means you have settled. Comfort means that you are no longer working towards something. Never settle for comfort. Being comfortable will never make you happy. Always be working towards something.
Warren Buffet is 84 years old and spends 80% of his time working on his businesses.
Here is a personal example for reference.
- My “A” activities- reading, going to a CrossFit gym, hiking on weekends, waking up early and getting work done in the morning, researching new ideas and concepts, listening to podcasts, walking around libraries and bookstores and looking for new things to learn about, taking online classes from Udemy, taking the best supplements in the world from ID Life, skipping breakfast, only eating real foods that fill me, never snacking, taking note of other people’s bad habits and promising to myself that I will never become that person, seek out mentors, try new things, do things that scare or challenge me, take risks, get into arguments (stay fired up), never let anyone talk down on me.
- My “B” activities- drinking too much, going out to clubs and bars, binge eating because I think I deserve it, drinking too much caffeine, not empathizing enough, being overly aggressive when the situation does not require it, judging people based on their fitness levels (thinking they are lazy when they are probably just not educated), skipping workouts I don’t like, thinking that all stuck up women are feminists.
If you think omitting “B” activities is hard or painful, just remember that there is also a pain in regret. It hurts more than the pain of discipline and with discipline, you will be working towards that bigger goal. An architect will continue to make tweaks and improvements until his work is done.
Do the things listed category “A” and stop doing the activities listed in “B.”
Simplicity + Action= Success
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