I’ve often said that you are either creating or allowing everything that is happening in your life. I think everyone knows this in their hearts, but people often convince themselves into thinking that external factors are the source of their failure, disappointment, and unhappiness.
You must take control of your life, and take responsibility! Let’s look at 3 habits you must break in order to achieve success:
1. Spending Time Instead of Investing It
“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
A lack of respect for time is one of the deadliest habits any person can cultivate. You must be deliberate about how you use your time; who you spend it on and with, and how much of it you allocate for each. This will greatly impact your finances and your generally wellbeing. I know for sure that you are the sum total of the 5 people you spend your most time with. Check out this list and monitor it closely.
Invest your time wisely. Don’t waste time on things, people or activities that don’t take you forward.
2. Daydreaming instead of Dreaming
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” ~ Gloria Steinem
Daydreams are nothing but fanciful musings and when you spend huge chunks of your time indulging in these reveries without any concrete plans as to how they will become reality, you are actually depriving yourself of your authentic dreams. Dreaming requires you to take action. The world needs dreamers who will embark on high risk ventures. History is full of them and we are better off for it today.
Many of us have incredibly huge potentials that have never been developed simply because we never took time to dream about anything. Stop fantasizing about a better life. Imagine it, and then get to work on it.
You must realize that without a dream, you are no more than a zombie. Your dreams shape what you are able to accomplish this side of eternity. Until you feel the fear, you are not truly dreaming. If it isn’t worth pursuing, then it’s not really your dream. It’s not your destiny.
3. Settling for Mediocrity Instead of Excellence
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
If excellence is a habit, then it follows that mediocrity is also a habit. How does mediocrity get a hold of us? Through our choices, decisions and actions- even the little ones. Many times, we mentally adjust ourselves and our expectations to those of mediocre people around us, and this keeps us from cultivating the habit of excellence!
If you want a phenomenal life, you can’t be part of the community of average and lazy seekers, who look just once under their carpet and then give up. You must commit to pursuing excellence.
You have to consciously free yourself from the power of words you have spoken and internalized because you were afraid to break out of the pack of the mediocre majority. Embrace excellence in place of mediocrity. Reject average decisions, average actions and average outcomes.