Don’t Get Caught Chasing The Next Shiny Stone

This was the question I asked myself almost everyday before I made some huge changes in my life and the way I looked at what I was doing. The first thing to realize is there isn’t a quick fix to this question or a single secret… it’s a formula. Success can’t be acquired over night, but by a gradual change in course correction. No different than readjusting the sails of your boat.

I remember when I was in my 20’s I knew I always wanted to be successful and got caught up in chasing the next shiny stone that caught my attention and was down yet another path of some get rich quick scheme.

So what changed? It was discovering that I didn’t have to blaze a new trail, that their already was a blueprint to success already laid out, all I had to do was find it, read it and follow it… that simple. So here are some secrets… I actually call them formulas, that high achievers have in common. Trust me when I say this, it’s not earth shattering but it’s very important stuff.

Plan For The Day:

I put this one at the top because I sincerely believe this is one of the most important step of the day. Before you can take action you need a plan. Once your day is outlined from beginning to end, it takes all the stress out of trying to organize what’s going on in your head. Your brain is like a massive computer with infinite storage. Why not help it out my taking 5 minutes to scribble it down.

Become Valuable:

The more valuable you become, the more the marketplace will reward you. Become known as a resource, the more you give the more you will receive in return. Your value is directly linked to your knowledge and your willingness to help others achieve their goals.

Making Mistakes:

Now I’m not saying for you to go out and deliberately make mistakes. What I’m saying is don’t be scared to – it’s the best teacher out there. I always tell my kids that there is no such thing as a mistake, it’s only a learning lesson or a new experience. The key thing to remember is to learn from it.

Hang Out With The Right People:

My mother had a saying when I was younger. ‘Show me your closest Friends, and I’ll tell you who you are’. In other words, associate yourself with the right friends and stay away from the poison. The ones who don’t want to see you succeed or continually tell you that your idea won’t work or why take a chance. The people you hang around with is who you’ll become.

Take Responsibility:

We all blame others to some degree. The thing with blame is that it has a strong tie to success. The lower your degree of blame, the higher your degree to success. Get the job done, take responsibility and don’t blame others. People who are successful take responsibility for everything they do and everything that happens to them.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing earth shattering about the points above it’s just that so many people just don’t do it. Now I’m no saint and from time to time I slip however, the more you practice the points above the more it becomes grained into you. Then, before you know it… it’s now automatically a part of your life and done without even thinking about it.

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