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Most decisions are not easy to make. They involve some kind of sacrifice to get something deemed to have a higher value. You have to give something up to get something better.If you decide to be a better athlete for example you give up some of your free time, you give up some of your sleep, you give up comfort and replace it with pain.
But it’s not in vain….You’ll become stronger. You’ll become faster. You’ll have more mental tenacity!
We come up with these stories for ourselves where we decide we’ll go after what we want tomorrow. That turns into go after what we want “someday.”That turns into telling ourselves that it’s just some crazy vision that could never happen. We’ll tell ourselves we’re being greedy and we should be satisfied with what we have.That turns into convincing ourselves that “we’re happy with where we are.”But you’re probably not buying it yet.
The only way to change your life is to change how you think about your decisions.You won’t ever be “ready” to go meet that girl. You won’t ever be “ready” to be vulnerable.You won’t ever be “ready” to go after that promotion.
The things that you really want in life are terrifying. If they don’t scare you then you’ve convinced yourself you want less than you truly desire. So even if you truly admit that you want these things, when the moment comes to act on it, you’re frozen. You can’t do it. You aren’t ready.
You just need 5 minutes to get in the right mindset. You just need to be in a better mood. You just need to read more books on the topic first.
The people who do amazing things realize that they will always need 5 more minutes. They will always need to be in a better mood. They will always need to read more on the topic.
But they act anyway.
Getting what you want isn’t about being ready, it’s about taking the leap.
Here are few steps that will lead you to ACT now!
Step 1: Decide what you want
This is the fun part. All you have to do is DREAM.What would you want in life if you could get anything your heart desired without having to put in any effort.
Write it down. That makes it real. Thoughts are powerful, but short of a fleeting electrical pulse, they aren’t tangible. An idea can’t keep you warm on a cold night. An idea can’t keep you from drowning. It’s the action you take because of the idea you had that truly matters. When you write it down you make it real. It now exists outside of your mind. It now exists in the real world.
Step 2: Figure out why you want it
This part is easy too. Just be honest with yourself. It’s not a bad thing to want something. It’s part of being human.
Why do you want to have deeper connections with people in your life?
– I highly value deep human relationships
– I want to maximize the benefit of the relationships I have
– I want to have a connection beyond what I’m having now
Why do you want to get that better job?
– I want to have more money to pursue my interests
– I want to have more authority
– I want to challenge myself
Write down just three reasons why you want what you want.
Step 3: Create a plan
Create a plan for how you will start doing this for next year.
What actions could you take next year to make this goal a reality?
– read books about the topic
– be around people who are good at doing it
– just go do it and make it happen incrementally.
Make your list for what you’ll do next year.
Step 4: Jump off the cliff
Have your list for next year?
What’s the first step?
Do it today.
You won’t be more ready in a year. You just think you will be because when you imagine the situation, you just imagine yourself being ready.Imagining that dream is necessary. Without doing it you’d never realize what your goal is. But that vision isn’t real. It’s imaginary. It’s helpful but it’s not true.You won’t ever be more ready than you are today. Greatness is about doing things you don’t want to do because you want to result. Greatness is about looking at the opportunity and not at the pain in front of it. If it scares you, you’re on the right track.“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
You’ll never be ready.
But will you be courageous?
Yesterday you said tomorrow.
It’s time to start going to bed a cooler person than when you woke up.