Real results come from action. You need a cohesive, strategic toolkit, and a map through the obstacles. Here are the top 6 elements necessary for systemic, lasting, profound personal change.
- Find a Mentor
- Get Inspired Regularly
- Gather Wisdom
- Be On the Cutting Edge
- Leverage the Power of Community
1. Find a Mentor
The qualities of this person should include:
- Profound knowledge of the laws that govern the universe
- Positive, proven results in his/her own life
- Accessibility: Your mentor should be someone with whom you can talk once per month, every month (and email any time in between).
2. Get Inspired Regularly
You must open your mind to new ideas on a regular basis.
3. Gather Wisdom
You don’t need to start from scratch, reinvent the wheel or find your way in the dark. You can leverage the wisdom and targeted advice from brilliant thinkers who’ve gone before you.
Do yourself a favour though, and avoid the garbage, junk science and one-size-fits all strategies. This winds up being a Black Hole of Disappointment.
Make sure the wisdom leaders you are relying on have a proven track record, and want the same things for you that you want for yourself.
You wouldn’t choose a personal trainer who was morbidly obese, and you shouldn’t take financial advice from someone who is always broke.
4. Be On the Cutting Edge
New information is being released at a startling pace, and creates changes at a more fundamental level than ever before.
Just a few sources that I’ve researched (and tested for myself) recently include:
Willpower: Your impulses can be mastered, and you can apply self-control to the challenges in everyday life, including:
Planning your financial future
Making major decisions
Diet and Exercise: Get twice the results in half the time? True story. (Tip: Fat isn’t the evil ingredient any more!)
Longevity: Cutting edge research demonstrates that you can slow – even reverse – the effects of aging, enabling you to feel younger, naturally
Be wary of anything that promises a one-hit-wonder solution. You have to do the work.
If someone promises you a “magic wand” to fix all your problems, trust me: It’s garbage, junk science and a shiny, golden ticket straight to The Black Hole of Disappointment I mentioned earlier. And you do NOT want to waste your time and money there!
5. Leverage the Power of Community
You are who you associate with. One of the great minds of our time, Napoleon Hill, put it this way:
When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in Harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain in the group.
You need to surround yourself will fellow seekers who want the same things out of life that you do. They support your success as well as their own.
Connect regularly, share your ideas, your struggles and your successes. This is powerful medicine, because, as Aristotle said:
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
This saying later became the guiding principle of Gestalt theory. Today, it defines synergy. So, get connected! Leverage the power of community.
6. Read (Read, Read, READ!)
New ways of approaching life helps you bust out of old patterns and deeply absorb new ideas and thought frameworks. I strongly suggest you devote at least one hour per day to reading. It’s an exercise that pays dividends for your entire lifetime.
You have one life to live, so make it count. (Okay, reincarnation, sure, but you know what I mean.) Do yourself a favour, and take yourself seriously.