I have come to realize that three things have really contributed to my goal of progressing myself as a person and businessman. These three things have changed my life. If you haven't done these, you are already behind.
“What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose, and stand by that purpose until it had time to become an all-consuming obsession.” -Napoleon Hill I clip news articles, read biographies, and watch documentaries on the lives of successful entrepreneurs. What I try to decipher from their individual stories is a common pattern for achievement. What did these people do differently? Were they smarter or better educated? Did they come from high-achieving families? Were they exceptionally gifted or hardworking? The primary characteristic I’ve found in the lives of high achievers is that they had a strong drive to succeed. They had a compelling, personal reason to achieve. It’s what I call a Big Why. Action item: Write a clearly defined personal mission statement for your career. I highly recommend writing it on paper and posting it somewhere you will see it every day!
It’s been said that if you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there. Interestingly, the opposite is equally true: If you know where you’re going, there is a best path for getting there. The gift of discovering your Big Why is knowing your ultimate destination and being driven to reach it. However, the challenge of a Big Why lies in finding the best path to get there. Action Item: After clearly defining your mission, start thinking about how you will best accomplish it.
I believe in thinking big, but I also know that’s not enough. Without big goals, big models, and big habits, big thinking may be wishful thinking, and by itself wishful thinking isn’t that useful. There’s only a small difference between living a great life in your head and living a great life in reality, but that small difference makes all the difference. People who lead great lives allow their big thinking to direct them to action. But I also know as a fact that even the people who have achieved big things have come to realize although they thought big, they could have thought even bigger. Thinking is thinking. It takes just as much time and energy to think small as it does to think big. The only difference lies in the results you get. Action Item: Have you understated your mission or underestimated yourself? You are selling yourself short. Think big. Then set goals and milestones to get you there. If you do these three things right. You will have the power to change your life forever.