We all aspire to do, be, and have great things. Yet most of us simply are not creating the results we want. What we need to understand and keep at the forefront of our minds is that greatness exists in all of us. It is simply up to us to pull it out of ourselves.
Regardless of personal circumstances, economic climates and access to resources, it helps to maintain faith in the fact that we each are more powerful than we think. We all have the ability to create the life we want. We just need to learn how to do it.
Achieve your greatness
There is no set of rules that will give you the desired life, but there are certain common features that successful people exhibit and that anyone can practice. They are what can jump start your success and attract what you want in life.
Three fundamental steps in building the habits that you need to be your best
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
― Steve Marabol
1. Take no less the 100% responsibility for your life
One of the greatest myths that is pervasive in our culture today is the idea that you are entitled to a great life – and that somehow, somewhere, someone is responsible for filling our lives with continual happiness, exciting career options, nurturing family time, and blissful personal relationships simply because we exist.
But the real truth is that there is only one person responsible for the quality of the life you live. That person is you.
Everything about you is a result of your doing or not doing. These are your habits, the good and the bad. Start by creating the morning habits that successful people have, I can not stress this enough, how you start your day will affect the rest of your day.
Attitudes and behaviors. That person who reflects back at you in the mirror is the chief conductor in your life. I think everyone knows this in their hearts, but the mind can play games, tricking plenty of people into thinking external factors are the source of failure, disappointment, and unhappiness.
But the truth of the matter is that external factors don't determine how you live. You are in complete control of the quality of your life and the positive habits that you have in your life.
Successful people take full responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images they visualize, and the actions they take. They don't waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and take risks in order to create the life they want to live.
2. Understand the why
I believe each of us is born with a life purpose. Identifying, acknowledging and honoring this purpose is perhaps the most important action successful people take.
They take the time to understand what they're here to do, and then they pursue that purpose with passion and enthusiasm.
If you don't know what you're supposed to be doing, tune in to the signals around you. Looking toward others for help and guidance is helpful, but don't forget to stay tuned in to yourself—your attitude, likes, dislikes, life experiences and of course your habits.
Identify the habits that are holding you back and the habits that are worth hanging on to, simply what's working and what isn't. If you need to, write it all down. You might be surprised by what you discover.
3. Decide what it is that you want
Are you physically tired, spiritually drained, and far from where you would like to be? As if you have been running on a treadmill going nowhere fast. Why? Because you haven't clearly mapped out what you want and then taken the steps to get there.
Rather than identifying specific goals, milestones, and dreams (and I'm talking BIG dreams and goals here), you go through the motions day in and day out tackling unimportant tasks.
One of the main reasons why most people don't get what they want is they haven't decided what they want. They haven't defined their desires in clear and compelling detail. What does success look like to you? Not everybody's definition of success is the same, nor should it be.
As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You will start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, but they also compel others to want to play big, too. Start building the right health habits today that will get you there.
You can make your life the way you want it to be, isn't that great news?
So if you need just one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Decide to make changes, one step at a time. Once you start the process you'll discover it is much easier to get what you want by taking control of your thoughts, your visualizations, and your actions!
Believe it is possible.
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