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The Plan

“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time.  Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”  E.B. White (author of Charlotte’s Web)

It is increasingly apparent to me that most of us are not programmed to proactively plan our lives.  And why would we be?

When we are children, our parents and then school, tell us what to do: when to eat, when to sleep, when to get up and where we can and can’t go.

We are not taught to choose the things that are important to us and follow them passionately.

Imagine the difference in the mindset of the next generation, if we set about learning this as adults, and then passing the message on.


Visualisation With Intent

The famous golfer Jack Nicklaus apparently never hit a shot without first clearly visualising where the ball would go, which was usually “sitting up there high and white and pretty on the green.”

He was famed for claiming that a successful shot was 50% visualisation, 40% setup and only 10% swing.

Arnold Swarzenneger was adamant that pumping a weight one time with full consciousness was worth ten without mental awareness.

So what is really real then?

Actually the answer to this question is unimportant.  What is important is that thought, images and feelings have a greater influence on the world than we would like to believe.

Your intention for something; your image in your mind of how it should be, will be the single most powerful tool in helping you create it.

What kind of parent do you want to be?  

What kind of life do you want to have?

What way would you treat your customers?

How would you handle product returns?

Couple powerful intent with persistent practice, and the world is your oyster.

Success Is Simple

“Long ago, I realized that success leaves clues, and that people who produce outstanding results do specific things to create those results. I believed that if I precisely duplicated the actions of others, I could reproduce the same quality of results that they had.”

Tony Robbins

Success really is simple.

We like to believe that it’s complicated and hard, because quite simply, most of us are not prepared to do the effort that it takes, to get the results we want.

Getting fit is not complicated: Make a commitment to eat less and exercise more (preferably four times per week).

Losing weight is not complicated, it’s simple mathematics:  Eat less calories that you burn off every day.

Finding more customers is not complicated: Meet with 100 new prospects and you will get at least 20 new customers.

Does it require effort to do all of these things?  You bet ya.  But how many times do you hear people say “I just wasn’t prepared to put in the effort”?  Not often I bet.

Perhaps if we were a bit more honest with ourselves about why we don’t want to put in the effort (i.e. what comfort are we choosing instead), and stopped blaming external circumstances, we might live in a more reality based world.

We might not be any more successful, but we’d feel less like a victim of circumstance.


If You Want To See A Hint Of Your Future…

I found this picture on Tim Mushey’s blog and it reminded me of a quote by Tony Robbins which says:

“People’s lives are a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group.”

When I first heard this it really hit home to me as it’s similar to Seth Godin‘s philosophy of Tribes.  Basically, if you want to change your behaviour, you should also consider changing the people who you spend time with.

Kind of like when you start going to the gym and get friendly with some other people who are fit and working out regularly.  Just spending time with these people is usually enough to motivate you to think and act differently.

Or when your child starts a new school and suddenly all your chat is about education, and school committees and other parent related topics.

If you want to be successful in business, then actively seek out a new group of people to spend time with.  

People who inspire and motivate you.  People who make you raise your personal bar of success.

It is these people who will help you to make the mental shift that is necessary, to go the extra mile.

The Formula For Success

Did you ever do a Chemistry experiment in school?

I remember being in Chemistry lab with my bunsen burner, tripod and petrie dish, with a various assortment of chemicals.  To be honest, I never really liked nor understood Chemistry, or why it was necessary to do these experiments.

But I do clearly remember that you needed to add the correct things at the correct times, to get the correct outcome.

Sometimes my experiments went wrong, and I didn’t get the desired outcome.  In these instances, I had to try to figure out what I forgot, or what I was missing, or what I didn’t do correctly, in order to try the experiment again and get the result I wanted.

Kind of like life really.  

If you have a goal, a dream or just something you want for yourself, then you need to figure out the formula to make it work.

If you try and you fail, then you have two choices:

1.  You can blame some external force for your failure, give up and tidy all the pieces away.

2.  You can go back, see what you are missing, and start over.

When you view success as an experiment, then you only really fail when you quit.  So don’t give up on what you want.

Find the missing resource and try again.



Why Persistent Effort Over Time Is The Secret To Making Something Work

Losing weight is tough: it takes persistent effort over time.

Running a marathon is tough: it takes correct training over time.

Having a child is tough: it requires sacrifice and effort over time.

So why then do we think we can start a business and reap immediate rewards?  

We live in a society who is used to fast paced life and instant rewards.

If something requires more than two clicks of your mouse, quite often you will bounce away.

One hundred years ago people built farms.  Fifty years ago they built factories.  Today, they build digital online empires.  Often the only physical effort required is pushing buttons on your keypad.

We’re so far removed from the relationship of developing, cultivating and producing, that when our new ventures don’t work immediately, or we encounter failure, we’re ready to give up.

What do you think would’ve happened if farmers had’ve given up at the first sign of crop failure?  They would’ve gone hungry.  Their very survival depended on them finding a way to make it work.

Persistence was essential or you died. 

So don’t be disheartened when you have a bad day: try to see failure as an opportunity for learning and growth.

Find the people who believe in what you do, and find a way to make it work.

You Want Something, Go Get It. Period.

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