When you were born, everyone assured you that you could do, have, and be anything you wanted when you grew up. So, now that you’ve grown up, are you doing, having, and being anything and everything you’ve ever wanted? Or somewhere along the way, did you redefine ‘anything and everything’ to include settling for less than you truly want?
Oprah was when she said, ‘The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.’
you must first dedicate time each day to becoming the person you need to be, one who is qualified and capable of consistently attracting, creating, and sustaining the levels of success you want.
‘Your level of success, will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become,’
Our outer world will always be a reflection of our inner world. Our level of success is always going to parallel our level of personal development. Until we dedicate time each day to developing ourselves into the person we need to be to create the life we want, success is always going to be a struggle to attain.
‘If you want your life to be different, you have to be willing to do something different first!’
First, we must understand and acknowledge the reality that 95% of our society will never create and live the life they really want. We must embrace the fact that if we don’t commit to thinking and living differently than most people now, we are setting ourselves up to endure a life of mediocrity, struggle, failure and regret – just like most people.
what’s possible when we commit to fulfilling our potential. Being average means to settle for less than you truly want and are capable of, and to struggle for your entire life.
We mistakenly believe that who we were is who we are,
Don’t place unnecessary limitations on what you want for your life. Think bigger than you’ve allowed yourself to think up until this point. Get clear on what you truly want, condition yourself to the belief that it’s possible by focusing on and affirming it every day, and then consistently move in the direction of your vision until it becomes your reality.
There is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail – only learn, grow, and become better than you’ve ever been before.
Always remember that where you are is a result of who you were, but where you go depends entirely on who you choose to be, from this moment on.
I combined this with my other life purpose (yes, you can have more than one), which was to selflessly add value to the lives of others by assembling a team of 16 other sales reps. I led weekly conference coaching calls to support them in reaching their goals, free of charge, for the next 46 consecutive weeks. Living every day in alignment with my two life purposes – constantly, consciously aligning my thoughts, words and actions with each purpose – not only did I have my best sales year ever (a 94% increase over my previous best),
Matthew Kelly enlightens us to a universal life purpose that I believe we should all live by: to become the best version of ourselves.
Always remember that when you are committed to a life purpose that is bigger than your problems, your problems become relatively insignificant and you will overcome them with ease.
T. Harv Eker said in his best-selling book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: ‘How you do anything is how you do everything.’
Every time you choose to do the easy thing, instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type of person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.
‘Discipline creates lifestyle.’
For example, when the alarm clock goes off, and we hit the snooze button (the easy thing), most people mistakenly assume that this action is only affecting that moment. The reality is that this type of action is programming our subconscious mind with the instructions that it is okay for us to not follow through with the things we intended to do (more on that in the next chapter).
The link between success and accountability is irrefutable. Virtually all highly successful people – from CEOs to professional athletes to the President of the United States – embrace a high degree of accountability.
Research has shown that we become like the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who you spend your time with may be the single most determining factor in the person you become and in your quality of life. If you are surrounded with lazy, weak-minded, excuse-making people, you’ll inevitably become like them. Spend time with positive, successful achievers and inevitably their attitudes and successful habits will reflect on you. You’ll become more and more like them.
• You can join an online community such as Meetup.com, where you can connect with like-minded people in your area who have similar interests. You can join an existing Meetup group, or start your own.
Always seek people who will add value to your life and bring out the best in you. And of course, be that person for others.
Your entire life changes the day that you decide you will no longer accept mediocrity for yourself.
Many people who suffer from depression report that the morning time is the most difficult. They wake up with dread. Sometimes it is because of a job they feel obligated to go to, or due to a relationship that is failing.
On the other hand, when you wake up each day with passion and purpose, you join the small percentage of high achievers who are living their dreams.
When are you going to develop yourself into the person you need to be to create the levels of health, wealth, happiness, success and freedom that you truly want and deserve? When are you going to actually live your life instead of numbly going through the motions looking for every possible distraction to escape reality? What if your reality – your life – could finally be something that you can’t wait to be conscious for?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, some research has found that long sleep durations (nine hours or more) are also associated with increased morbidity (illness, accidents) and even mortality (death.)
So, the key is to consciously decide every night to actively and mindfully create a positive expectation for the next morning.
1 Set your intentions the night before: This is the most important step. Remember: your first thought in the morning is usually the last thought you had before bed, so take responsibility for creating genuine excitement for the next morning, every night before bed. 2 Keep your alarm clock across the room: Remember – movement creates energy! 3 Brush your teeth: Use a mouthwash for extra umph! 4 Drink a Full Glass of Water: Hydrate yourself, ASAP. 5 Get in your workout clothes: Earn your A.M. shower!
Success is something you attract by the person you become. Jim Rohn
Remember, when you change your inner world – your life – then your outer world – your life situation – will improve in parallel.
Remember, when you change your inner world – your life – then your outer world – your life situation – will improve in parallel.
Study after study shows that meditation can be more effective than medication.
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. Once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. Muhammad Ali
Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right either way.’
We’ve all been programmed – at the subconscious level – to think, believe, and act the way we do. Our programming is a result of many influences, including what we have been told by others, what we have told ourselves, and all of our life experiences – both good and bad. Some of us have programming that makes it easy for us to be happy and successful, while others – possibly the majority – have programming that makes life difficult.
So, the bad news is that if we don’t actively change our programming, our potential will be crushed and our lives limited by the fears, insecurities, and limitations of our past.
You can use affirmations to start programming yourself to be confident and successful in everything you do, simply by repeatedly telling yourself who you want to be, what you want to accomplish, and how you are going to accomplish it. With enough repetition, your subconscious mind will begin to believe what you tell it, act upon it, and eventually manifest it in your reality.
Step 1: What you really want The purpose of a written affirmation is to program your mind with the beliefs, attitudes and behaviours/habits that are vital to your being able to attract, create and to sustain your ideal levels of success – Level 10 success – in every area of your life. So, your affirmation must first clearly articulate exactly what you want your ideal life to be like, in each area. You can organize your affirmations according to the areas that you most want to focus on improving, such as health/fitness, mindset, emotions, finances, relationships, spirituality, etc. Begin with clarifying, in writing, what you really want – your ideal vision for yourself and your life – in each area.
As my good friend Adam Stock, President of Rising Stock, Inc. once told me, ‘The wise begin with whys’. Everyone wants to be happy, healthy, and successful, but wanting is rarely an effective strategy for getting. Those who overcome the temptations of mediocrity and achieve everything they want in life have an extraordinarily compelling why that drives them. They have defined a clear life purpose that is more powerful than the collective sum of their petty problems and the countless obstacles they will inevitably face, and they wake up each day and work towards their purpose.
Step 3: Who you are committed to being to create it As my first coach, Jeff Sooey used to say, ‘This is where the rubber meets the road’. In other words, your life gets better only after you get better. Your outer world improves only after you’ve invested countless hours improving yourself. Being (who you need to be) and doing (what you need to do) are prerequisites for having what you want to have. Get clear on who you need to be, are…
Step 4: What you’re committed to doing to attain it Which actions will you need to take on a consistent basis to make your vision for your ideal life a reality? Want to lose weight? Your affirmation might say something like: I am 100% committed to going to the gym five days a week and running on the treadmill for a minimum of 20 minutes. If you’re a salesperson, your affirmation might read: I’m committed to making 20 prospecting calls every day, from 8am–9am. The more specific your actions are, the better. Be sure to include frequency (how often), quantity (how many), and precise time frames (what times you’ll begin and end your activities.) It’s also important to start small. If you’re going to the gym zero days a week for zero minutes, going to five days a week for 20 minutes is a big leap. It’s important to take manageable steps. Feel small successes along the way so you feel good and don’t get discouraged by setting expectations too high to be able to maintain. You can build up to your ideal…
I am always on the lookout for quotes and philosophies that I can add to my affirmations. For example, one of my affirmations comes from the book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshal Goldsmith. It reads: ‘The #1 skill of influencers is the sincere effort to make a person feel that he or she is the most important person in the world. It’s one of the skills that Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Bruce Goodman used to become the best in their fields. I will do this for every person I connect with!’ Another reads: ‘Follow Tim Ferris’ advice: To maximize productivity, schedule 3–5 hour blocks or half-days of singularly focused attention on ONE single activity or project, rather than trying to switch tasks every 60 minutes.’ Any time you see or hear a quote that inspires you, or come across an empowering philosophy or strategy and think to yourself, man, that is a huge area of improvement…
order for your affirmations to be effective, it is important that you tap into your emotions while reading them. Mindlessly repeating a phrase over and over again, without feeling its truth, will have a minimal impact on you. You must take responsibility for generating authentic emotions and powerfully infusing those emotions into every affirmation you repeat to yourself. Have fun with…
Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible. Cherie Carter-Scott
If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness. Robin Sharma
The only exercise most people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, sidestepping responsibility, and pushing their luck. Unknown
recently saw an eye-opening video with personal development expert and self-made multi-millionaire entrepreneur, Eben Pagan, who was being interviewed by bestselling author Anthony Robbins. Tony asked, ‘Eben, what is your #1 key to success?’ Of course, I was very encouraged when Eben’s response was, ‘Start every morning off with a personal success ritual. That is the most important key to success.’ Then he went on to talk about the importance of morning exercise
Eben said, ‘Every morning, you’ve got to get your heart rate up and get your blood flowing and fill your lungs with oxygen.’ He continued, ‘Don’t just exercise at the end of the day or at the middle of the day. And even if you do like to exercise at those times, always incorporate at least 10 to 20 minutes of jumping jacks or some sort of aerobic exercise in the morning.’
The benefits of morning exercise are too many to ignore. From waking you up and enhancing your mental clarity, to helping you sustain higher levels of energy throughout the day, exercising soon after rising can improve your life in many ways.
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. Mark Twain
The Miracle Morning (60-minute) sample schedule: Using the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. • Silence (5 minutes) • Affirmations (5 minutes) • Visualization (5 minutes) • Exercise (20 minutes) • Reading (20 minutes) • Scribing (5 minutes) Total time: 60 minutes
Keep in mind that digesting food is one of the most energy-draining processes the body goes through each day. The bigger the meal, the more food you give your body to digest, the more drained you will feel. With that in mind, I recommend eating after your Miracle Morning. This ensures that, for optimum alertness and focus during the Life S.A.V.E.R.S., your blood will be flowing to your brain rather than to your stomach to digest your food.
It’s been said that our quality of life is created by the quality of our habits. If a person is living a successful life, then that person simply has the habits in place that are creating and sustaining their levels of success.
An extraordinary life is all about daily, continuous improvements in the areas that matter most. Robin Sharma
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsh
Every day, think as you wake up, ‘Today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.’ Dalai Lama