#1. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
#2. It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
We tend to believe that our destiny is beholden to some unknown force deciding our lives for us. The logic of this idea is a fallacy. Even if some unknown force out there in the universe was deciding our lives for us, it is still us making the decisions in our lives. We are not puppets on strings. We are thinking, feeling, living beings that make our own decisions in life. Regardless of how anything else might try to direct us or persuade us to turn, we are still the person making the decision to act or not to act. I personally believe everyone has a great destiny somewhere inside of them that they can bring to fruition because the universe has given that capability to them, but they have to choose to pursue it. You must choose your destiny (I just had a Mortal Kombat flashback moment with that sentence, and just like in Mortal Kombat, you too can have a Flawless Victory, or even a flawed one. How you achieve victory isn’t really important. Victory is inside you, in your decisions. You can achieve it with perseverance.
#3. Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
When you set a goal, you are taking the initial step towards realizing that goal. You have decided that you are going to strive for it. We must decide we want something before we can enact a plan towards reaching it. Goal setting makes it clear precisely what it is you want. It gives your mind a destination point to reach. It creates a drive within your brain to begin manifesting that precise thing into your life through thought and action. Everyone makes the idea of manifestation into some woo woo magic trick. It isn’t. Manifesting something into your life is creating it, and the first step to creation is having the desire for the thing. Having the desire for something gives you the determination to reach the goal you have set to obtain it through having the desire. So you see, desiring something works double duty. It sets a goal by having it but also gives you the determination to reach that goal somehow. You must first set a goal in order to enact a plan to reach it.
#4. A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
#5. The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
If you sit around wishing for success, does it show up on your doorstep? Billions of people every day wish for success in something. Some succeed. Some fail. Those who succeed are always the ones who decided to take action on their wishes. Now just taking action is not quite enough. It must be determined action. Without the determination to succeed you will give up at a bump in the road on your way. There are many bumps, twists and turns on the road to success. You have to be determined that those inconveniences are not going to stop you from succeeding. Now what about massive? What exactly constitutes a massive action? When I think of massive action, I think of something that must be large enough to be extremely challenging, but not so large that you cannot handle it. Now often, many of us think of challenging and being unable to handle something as being the same thing, but they are not. I guarantee you can handle much more than you think you can. You just have to get over that hurdle of fear that says, “what if I can’t.” A great many people have done what they and others thought was impossible or too much to handle. Challenge yourself. If it scares you than it is big enough. If it doesn’t scare you, then it’s not enough of a challenge.
#6. Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
All of this talk about determination and commitment, one could think that you should start on a path and not give up until you get what you want. Well, yes and no. Remember earlier about beating your head against a brick wall? That applies here. Don’t ever give up on what you want in life, however, often the way we think it is to get there is not as straight a path as we think. You must be flexible in the how to get what you want. If something isn’t working to take you to where you want to go, look for a different way to get there. Let’s say you plan to fly to New York and you live in Los Angeles. So you plan to take a flight…the quickest and easiest way to get there, but the plane has engine trouble and has to land near Dallas. So you’re sitting, waiting around in Dallas for a new flight to become available, but then the attendant informs you that they have no available flights due to all the engines having issues and they don’t know how long it will take to fix them. So now what do you do? Stay rigid and stick to your plan to wait for your plane, or start looking for a new way to get to New York? Staying rigid might still work, but how long will it take and is it really the best path if this airline has this much engine trouble with their planes? Let’s get flexible. You could find another airline with another flight, rent a vehicle and drive, take a train….there is more than one way to get something done. Look for your alternatives.
#7. Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Life is a gift. We hear this often, but what exactly does it mean? It means in life we are given opportunity. We are given the chance to experience, be, enjoy, do. It is only for a certain amount of time, and none of us know exactly how long that time will be. So if we are given life as a gift, what do we give in return? Our gift in return for our opportunity to exist in this world is to make ourselves the best we can possibly be to contribute to this world. Being humble and modest is all well and good, but if you are holding yourself back as a result of believing that you shouldn’t be better than what you are because you don’t deserve it, you are not doing the world any favors. You are not being gracious with the gift that has been given to you. Believe in yourself and allow yourself to accept the gift of life and truly live in appreciation for that gift. Become more so that you can give as well.
#8. Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.
What exactly are better and quality questions? How can you ask better questions? Usually the key is to look deeper into a situation to see what others are missing. Ask yourself what isn’t obvious on the surface. Ask yourself what are possible solutions to a problem, from common sense to crazy, totally out there possibilities. Then once you have those answers, probe deeper into things. Sometimes it might help to write things down to get an idea of the tree format to go deeper and deeper until you feel you have reached the proper answer to the proper question, which may or may not be your original question. For example, How can I make more money? List 5 possible ways to make more money, Which of these ways appeals to me most? Tree out from the answer, How can I make that happen? What steps do I specifically need to take? Can I streamline those steps to achieve it faster? Etc….
#9. The past does not equal the future.
This one sounds like more common sense again right? Well, again so many of us hold on to our pasts and believe that what has occurred in the past affects our value and abilities in the future. For example, someone who received bad grades in grade school may have a paradigm that formed as a result telling them that they are not smart and cannot get good grades. So if you can’t get good grades and aren’t smart then what’s the point of continuing in schooling? But that was the past. They didn’t have the same tools then as they do now. They didn’t have the same teachers or class schedule or topics or maturity level that they do now so the results then are not going to be the same results today. It is worth it to release yourself of your past and your paradigms that come with it so that you can move forward into a better future.
#10. If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.
Monkey see, monkey do here. Obviously if someone else succeeded doing something a certain way, then you can benefit from their knowledge and reduce your learning curve by following in their footsteps. If they can achieve it by doing certain things, you can achieve it by doing those same certain things. Maybe you want to inject your own flair into the process, and that’s fine. You have to do things your way. Just remember, they succeeded for a reason. You want to benefit from that same reason.