Here you are – 2017.
Right now you are whatever age. One day you are going to be much older, and one day you are eventually going to die. There is no escaping that fact. We are all going to die.
I want you to imagine that your life is ending tomorrow. Does your life look how you imagined? What do you regret? What are all the things you planned, but haven’t yet followed through on?
- Maybe you never managed to find the motivation to lose that 20 pounds you always wanted to.
- Perhaps you have found yourself stuck in a really bad relationship for years because you were too afraid to leave.
- Maybe you’re stuck at a really lousy job because it pays the bills and you aren’t certain you can find anything better if you quit.
So here you are laying on your death bed. I want you to ask yourself this:
What is ONE thing you wish you would have done differently? Do you have it? Are you imagining that one thing?
I am about to offer you the chance to take whatever that one thing is, and work towards turning it into a reality now.
This week I am offering two very basic steps you need to start now in order to create the change you are seeking. As always, the audio version of this podcast will be available on iTunes, Google Play, and Soundcloud.
1. Stop Doing What You Are Currently Doing
If you are unsatisfied with some aspect of your life, it is obvious that your current routine is not working. Further to that, continuing to do the same thing day in and day out is never going to garner you different results. New opportunities aren’t going to fall out of the sky, and you aren’t suddenly going to wake up on day with a plethora of motivation to change your lifestyle – you need to make a conscious effort.
In order to make a change, you need to focus on determining the source of your problem.
- What bad habits do you have that are preventing you from achieving what you want?
- Do spend to many hours watching youtube?
- Ae you eating too many cookies in a week?
- Do you spend too much money on useless stuff?
- Where do you want to go, or what do you want to do? And which of these habits is preventing you from getting there?
Whichever you determine it is, work on stopping. Don’t you dare say you can’t! “I can’t” is just an excuse that allows you to be lazy. You CAN do whatever it is you want – in fact the difference between you and the person living the life you want is that they told themselves “I can” and they did it”.
Stop with the bad habits. Stop with the excuses. And stop letting laziness control your life.
2. Starting Developing New Actions
In order to successfully build new habits, you need to approach it piece by piece. Lifestyle changes are much easier to accomplish when they are broken down into small, more manageable chunks. So, when it comes to developing new habits to work towards the future you want, the cold turkey approach isn’t going to work. Instead, I recommend slowly replacing bad habits with new ones, one by one.
It’s all about simply taking the initiative to start developing new habits. Too often we tend to get stuck in the past in that we think, “Well this would’ve worked out if I had’ve just done this instead”. While learning from past mistakes is important, focusing all of your attention on the past is ultimately going to hold you back. The past may have been bad, but there was certainly also a lot of good moving to where you are today.
Successful people aren’t sitting around crying about yesterday, they are taking those lessons they learned, applying them to today, and moving towards tomorrow. Wherever it is you want to get in life, you need to map out your plan – swap a Netflix episode here for 30 minutes of research towards a project you’re working on, skip the take out meal one night a week and put that 10 bucks in a travel fund for that trip you want to take – be accountable, and start building your life piece by piece.