1. What Do You Want?
What do you want out of life?
Vague ideas won't work.
You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want.
Your mind needs direct instructions.
Develop a clear vision of what you want to be, do and have.
Identify the most important things to do so you can start moving towards your vision.
Keep that vision in the forefront of your mind and start taking the right actions.
Knowing what you want is like aiming an arrow at a target.
Without a target how would you know where to shoot?
You wouldn't. You'd waste all your arrows and have nothing to show for it.
Your outcome is your target.
Put all your focus, energy and resources into hitting that target.
2. What's Your Plan to Get it?
Now you know what you want how do you plan to get it?
I've met a lot of people who say they want something, but that's where it ends.
They have no plan and take no action.
If you fail to plan you plan to fail.
The classic book Think & Grow Rich by Napolean Hill has an entire chapter on the importance of having a clear plan.
I'm not a "Think & Grow Rich" groupie.
But the book does have some concepts that are life changing when you apply them.
Hill spoke about having a clear and concise plan coupled with a burning desire to enact that plan.
Notice he says a "clear and concise" plan.
If you don’t have a map how will you reach your destination?
Having a plan saves you time, effort and money.
That's why it's important to learn from people who have already walked the path.
You can learn what worked and what didn't.
Maybe you can avoid some mistakes and speed up your progress.
Just because you have a plan that doesn't mean everything will work out.
Most of the time it won't.
But you can course-correct on the way.
Having a clear plan get's you moving towards what you want.
3. Are You Executing Your Plan?
You can know what you want and have the best plan, but if you don't do anything nothing will happen.
Don't be reckless and haphazard. Take intelligent action.
You can't avoid the law of action.
Laziness and procrastination are the enemy.
They'll destroy you if you let them in.
Execution starts small. As your wins increase and you gain momentum you scale your activity.
Anthony Robbins says massive action is the cure to all our problems.
That's hard to disagree with.
When you start something you can take massive action and still not see any results.
Action has a time lag.
But when you keep taking action you reach a tipping point where your efforts start coming back to reward you.
Focus on execution and results will come.
4. What Are Your Progress Metrics
A progress metric is something you can measure your success by.
If your goal's health related your success metric could be your weight or aesthetics.
If you have a financial goal your metrics are amount of savings or return on investment.
What about your own goals?
How do you know you’re making progress and not wasting your time?
Are you moving closer to what you want?
What form of measurement are you using to know you're on track?
Insert metrics into your plan to keep you on track.
5. How Do You Respond to Failure?
Setbacks, defeat, rejection and failure. You'll experience all of them.
Failure is a necessary part of success.
When you experience setbacks and failure how do you respond?
Do you quit because it's just too hard?
Or do you keep pushing forward?
What if every setback was a sign of progress.
Life is a series of problems to be solved. When you solve one another will come soon after.
Solving problems is how you progress.
The important thing is taking action and moving yourself in the right direction.
How you respond to failure is a choice.
Choose to respond like a winner.
Stay calm and rational. Always look for an opportunity hidden inside the failure.
You can't have success without facing failure along the way.
If you want success, you'd better be able to deal with failure.
6. Where Do You Spend Your Time?
We become products of their environment.
Putting yourself in the right environment relative to your goals is critical to your success.
There's a ripple effect of being in the right environment.
The people you meet, the knowledge you gain and the opportunities that present themselves can take your life in a whole new direction.
If you’re not in an environment that inspires you, get into one that does.
7. Who Do Spend Your Time With?
The people you spend time with influence your thoughts and behaviours.
That becomes your character.
The importance of peer influence is massively under-emphasised in adult society.
Spending time with people who have no goals and no hope will block you from success.
People with high standards and purpose will encourage your success.
You know what you want. Get around people who want the same thing or who already have it.
Identify the character traits you want to adopt.
Get around people with those traits.
Be very selective about who you your time with.
8. Where Is Your Focus?
Over time you get what you focus on.
If you focus on how bad your life is and how hopeless you are you'll get more of the same.
A mindset of victimhood and helplessness won't move you to take action.
If you focus on what you can do right now, from where you are, answers will come to you.
Focus puts the Reticular Activation System in your brain to work.
Identifies what you want and works out how to get it.
Where you direct your focus is a decision.
Problems can feel so overwhelming it's almost impossible not to focus on them.
Just don't let them carry you away.
When your mind is calm you can move your focus from problem to solution.
9. Do You Like Yourself?
How you see yourself effects every area of your life.
The decisions you make. The opportunities you take or let pass you by.
The standards you accept for yourself and how you let people treat you.
Your self image determines all of them.
Imagine yourself as the ideal you.
What parts of your character would you need to change to be that version of yourself?
I've never met anyone who didn't have something they wanted to change about themselves.
An unhealthy self image is a major cause for the lack of success.
How you see yourself is how the world responds to you.
10. What's Your Excuse?
The only person who can hold you back is you.
Don't make excuses to make yourself feel better.
If you're falling short in an area of your life, own it.
Take responsibility and be radically self honest with yourself.
Start an inner dialogue based on raw truth.
Your excuses will delay your success.
The longer you keep fooling yourself the harder it will be to recover when it comes back to bite you.
Stop and think about the excuses you tell yourself.
Why don't you already have what you say you want to have?
The reason you don't have it is the excuse you keep telling yourself about why you don't have it.
Drop your excuses and take total responsibility.
Things to Remember About Success in Life
Write down these questions and answer them honestly in as much detail as you can.
Then take the answers and read over them.
The areas you need to improve on most will be obvious to you.
- What do you want?
- What is your plan to get it?
- Are you executing your plan?
- What are your performance metrics?
- How do you respond to failure?
- Where do you spend your time?
- Who do you spend time with?
- Where is your focus?
- Do you like yourself?
- What's your excuse for not having it?
Best Quotes About Success in Life
"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me" - Ayn Rand
"Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing" - Euripides
"People say "I want to be rich". The question is, "Are you willing to do what it takes?" - Robert Kiyosaki
"The question is not, '"Do you have a problem?" The question is, "Does the problem have you?" - Joel Osteen