Monday, February 9, 2009

A Formula For Success - Be-Do-Have

By Jason Kendall

When thinking about the changes we'd like to make in our lives, we usually have a mental picture of what that change looks like. We imagine having a bigger house, a faster car, more holidays and perhaps a job with more status. We may even envision ourselves looking a bit different to how we look now - slimmer, more toned, better dressed.

These changes are all focusing on what we'd like to HAVE in our lives, and they're an excellent place to begin when working out the goals we want to achieve. If we don't have a vision of how things will be when we've reached the great heights of our personal success, we have very little chance of ever getting there.

But we have to be prepared to make some changes, before we can HAVE all these great things. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" as Albert Einstein said. In other words we'll continue to have what we've always had if we keep doing what we've always done, and our life will just go round in circles getting no-where.

To take significant leaps forward in what we have, we need to make big changes not only to the way we do things, but more importantly to the way we think.

It's not rocket science to know that there's going to be a tad of work to DO to earn the things we want to HAVE. It's a basic law of life that we have to give in order to receive. But doing the work alone won't necessarily bring the goodies we want.

We become successful by thinking and behaving like a successful person - developing the identity, beliefs and values of an achiever before we've actually got there. So the student who's goal is to change career and double their income in the next three years has to become a conscientious learner who prioritises a certain amount of time to studying each week.

If the pub beckons, but the work hasn't been done, the pub must wait. The achiever is happy there'll be plenty more pub time down the road (and more money to spend at the pub!) if they put the effort in first. A healthy attitude to studying makes the learning process easier, and brings results much faster.

Success doesn't happen on its own. Developing the mindset of an achiever is a powerful weapon against the knocks, criticisms and doubts that will inevitably come our way. We can associate with winning attitudes by reading biographies, watching films and interviews of others who've overcome adversities on their road to victory. A familiar thread runs through each of their stories - that what they have now is largely the result of the work they did and who they became before the gravy train started to roll.

By focusing on becoming the person we need to BE, we will enjoy the work we have to DO more and receive the things we want to HAVE so much faster. - 14682

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