Once there was a young man who had taken on a job to help his family out. Every week, Friday through Sunday, he would perform this job. He had to clean seven floors of a city office building. And every week when he’d reach the top floor, he’d stay and sit in the big CEO chair. This young man would dream about becoming the CEO of his own company one day.
Today, this young man is now one of the best basketball players of all time, and is the CEO of his own company.
This young man is Earvin Magic Johnson.
Everybody wants success, but not everybody is willing to do what it takes to become a success. We don’t get what we want, we get what we can’t live without. That’s the cold, honest truth.
Success is a mindset and in order to reach new levels of success, we must begin to change the way we think. Thoughts lead to behavior, and behavior produces results. We must make a decision to do more and be more. Don’t tolerate mediocrity. One question we must all ask ourselves is: “Does my action match my level of ambition?”
We have to change our minds if we want to change our level of success.
Seeing Is Believing
If we don’t know where we’re going, you’re never going to get there. Establishing a clear vision is paramount for achieving success. If we don’t have one for our life, we allow others to create one for us. We all have things we want to do, but things don’t change until we believe it’s possible. Visualization is key. The best athletes and performers in the world know and practice this. It’s why VR is going to be the next big thing for mental training. Visualization triggers belief, and belief leads to action. We must visualize ourselves achieving success to the point where we actually feel the feelings associated with reaching the goal.
“You don’t attract what you want. You attract what you do and what you believe.”
Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
Are you singing the Rihanna song in your head now? Annoying, right? You’re welcome. The song may be annoying, but she’s right. It’s all about the work. A very wise old green man once said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” There is no substitute for hard work. The very best in the world such as Michael Phelps, LeBron James, Usain Bolt, and the Williams’ sisters embody this. They put in a tremendous of work when the cameras are not around. No ideal will work unless we are willing to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re sick, have kids, have a full-time job, are married, or whatever else…If we’re not willing to work for our dreams, there’s NO chance they will come true. As the great Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “If your not willing to work hard, forget about it.”
Who are your role models? Who or what do you aspire to be? Plug into those you want to be like. Use them as resources. No one ever achieved success alone. Someone, somewhere helped them along the way. The best way to speed up the process of achieving success is finding and utilizing mentors. And the great thing about the world we live in is we don’t have to go far to find them? How many tv shows do you watch? What do you listen to on your drive into work and on the way home? Ever heard of this thing called YouTube? It’s pretty great (minus the cat videos, of course). What if we watched less tv and utilized our drive time more effectively. With YouTube, podcasts, Facebook Video, and Instagram videos we can connect with mentors within seconds. I
We all have those days where we’re not feeling it. Instead of wasting the day, try plugging into someone you look up to, or someone who motivates you. Don’t waste a day, the opponent may catch up, or the opportunity may slip by.
Plug into those who provide positivity and encouragement. Eliminate the “Negative Nancy’s” from your life. They have no goals or ambition. Misery loves company. Hanging around this crowd will put you in a negative mindset and will further prevent you from achieving success.
Love is the great separator. Love is what allows the best to be the best. Love it all. Love your teammates, your coaches, mentors, your opponent’s, the wins, the losses; love it all. You don’t achieve big things by accident. Another key to success is falling in love with the process. The best embrace the process. They trust it. They forget about the how (FTH) and focus on what they can control.
It’s not going to be easy. Anything worthwhile will have it’s ups and downs.
Above all else, be a beacon of hope for all those with big goals and dreams of their own. When they see you, make them think: “It’s possible.”
Live in hope. Be a light for all.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week, and be an RGP today!
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