"The past is a construct of the mind. It blinds us and fools us into believing it. But the heart wants to live in the present. And it is in the present that we will find the answers."
Okay... so maybe I nerded out a little bit when I was watching the remake of Total Recall the other night. Regardless, this quote stuck out in my mind as having truth in most of our daily lives. I look at my life and the great things that I've accomplished and all I can think is, "why haven't I accomplished more?" It's no secret that we are our own worst critics, but once in a while it's worth looking into yourself to determine exactly where you are in this journey we call life and how far along you are on the road to success. Notice I said the road to success, not the destination of success, as we often define it.
One of the more profound observations I've had when asking myself this question is that I tend to base my future on what I have experienced in the past. Now this is not to say that past experiences should be noted and learned from. Unfortunately the majority of us take this a bit too far and end up trapping ourselves in the nonexistent universe we have created in our minds, the universe we tend to refer to as the past.
If constantly live in the past, or in retrospect are always trying to exist in the future, what happens to our consciousness of the present? It seams to me the the most brilliant of us are also the most susceptible to being trapped by these constructs of the mind. Once we can break free of these superficial bounds, we can finally let our full potentials come to fruition. Like many of the concepts that are talked about at ABR, this is easier said than done, but like most brilliant revelations, taking a step back and becoming aware of yourself is the most important step in anyones path to greatness. I look forward to crossing paths with all of you on this wonderful journey, which will always be the most rewarding aspect of life itself.
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. -Marcus Aurelius
In business and in life most of us operate on the assumption that other people understand what we are thinking and what our intentions are. We believe, for the most part, that they see the world as we do. Often these delusions are harmless and can be attributed to basic human nature, which includes the idea that we are the center of the universe and that our own personal reality is somehow commonplace.
I remember once my 6th grade teacher told me he was going to give me the secret to success in a nutshell, or at least a major contributing factor. He said, "there is one thing you must never do when walking into any situation, on thing to refrain from if you are to truly become a successful person. Never ever assume."
I try and think about that every time I walk into any situation. Just think about all of the unpleasant confrontations or costly mistakes that could have been avoided if we didn't assume and communicated more effectively. Just because you understand something a certain way doesn't mean that everyone else will share your vision. This is especially true for leaders and entrepreneurs. It is our job to communicate our vision to others so that they truly understand what ever it is we are tying to accomplish. Write it on your bathroom mirror, post it on your fridge, create a reminder on your smart phone to remind yourself on a daily basis, to never assume anything.
It has been my experience that most people struggle with change. Most of us at some point in our lives run into rough patch, a rut so to speak, which can be very difficult to escape. Maybe our life has taken a turn for the worst, or perhaps we are simply having a hard time making it to the next level. I try and learn as much as I can from other successful people I consider to be mentors, even if I have never met the person. Tai Lopez is one such mentor, an accomplished entrepreneur who runs a website dedicated to helping people achieve health, wealth, love and happiness (check out the link bellow). The other day I came across one of his videos and was greatly inspired by what he had to say. The basis of the lesson is that their are three fundamental principles one must apply if they are to achieve big dreams. Try them out and see what happens. Please comment on this post
1. Knowledge- Before you hope accomplish anything, you must first become familiar with and acquire the information pertaining to thing you wish to excel at. This information must applicable rather than conceptual. In essence you are transforming knowledge into action which can then yield tangible results.
2. Strategy- Once knowledge is acquired, it is time to put that knowledge into action, this is done through the process known as forming a strategy. This is not to be confused with forming a plan. It is important to recognize that a strategy if fundamentally different from a plan. A plan is essentially a blue print outlining what ever it is you wish to accomplish. A+B=C in that order, any deviation from the plan will interfere with the desired result. In business, and in life their are factors that come into play which are out of our control. Strategizing is an ever evolving form of planning. A+B could equal C, but if C doesn't workout then G, S or even Z could be alternatives.
3. Execution- This is where most people fall short. The knowledge has been acquired, the strategy has been thought out and now it's time to implement. The way Tai described how best to execute is to surround yourself with people who are foreword thinking proactive individuals. Success is contagious, once you take the first steps, make sure to surround yourself with the right people. Individuals who are going to help you reach your goals.