Thought of writing a blog post after a long time as it is a holiday, a Poya day, and I had some time to think freshly. The first thing that impressed upon my mind is an inspirational video that I watched which I have wanted to share with my blog visitors for quite some time now.
Everyone was born with a purpose in life. Knowingly or unknowingly we set goals that may range from very short term to 10 or 20 years or a lifetime. At the beginning of a new year, individuals make various resolutions and companies formulate their business plan for the year.
As I am well used to online searches, I did some browsing and came across some nice thoughts by Robin Sharma. I found them inspiring and useful and thought of sharing it with you. Though I have not shared the entire presentation in this post, I believe that what I have listed below is useful. For me these points were absolutely true and helped trigger some real changes in myself.
If time permits, follow this 8 steps process and enjoy a significant change!
I have tried to give the exact words used by Robin Sharma to explain these 8 steps in certain sentences.
1- Develop your reality distortion field – RDF is a term coined by Bud Tribble at Apple in 1981, to describe co-founder Steve Job’s charisma on the developers who worked in the Macintosh project. Steve Job always brought everyone together in Apple for even practically not possible projects. RDF was said to distort an audience’s sense of proportion and scales of difficulties and made them believe that the task at hand was possible. In real life you should have the RDF developed around you. You might have unbelievable dreams and ideas. But may be worrying about whether it could be done, whether it could be achieved, whether the team will support to achieve it, whether parents will allow you to achieve it. But remember all brilliant ideas sounded crazy before being revealed. Begin to sell yourself on your vision and your goals for the next 12 months. Write them down on paper so they become real. Believe in those dream, publicly tell everyone that you are going to do it. Remember Self Belief is the catalyst for spectacular achievement. If you don’t personally believe in yourself, you won’t start doing it. People might laugh at you, but the best you can do is, smile back. Fall in love with your dream, once you fall in love with it, you will talk about it all the time. So this year develop your reality distortion field.
2- Start visualizing your goals. Do not waste time in watching TV, gossiping, watching TV shows etc. Remember every expert was once an amateur, and every master once a beginner. So dream big, start small and act now, says Robin Sharma. We always tend to wait until everything becomes perfect to start something. But one thing is prevalent; nothing will become perfect in any case. If you think of starting a new venture, do it now.
3- Leave the echo chamber – Stop being an echo of the beliefs and the lives of the people around you. Start thinking of yourself versus buying in to the definitions of success and achievement that society has sold you as the way to happiness and a life of meaning. Live the personal value that feels right to you. Do not worry about others. Stop worrying and thinking about what others might say about you.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And the most important thing is, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Develop your personal brand rather than copying someone else.
4- Practice giver gain – To truly reach your goals this year, become a giver rather than the taker. Someone who helps other people grow their dreams, their lives become alive when they give. Help people around you to help. Do not be a taker, rather be a giver.
One of the networks that I am connected with currently holds the motto “givers gain.” Help others to grow you will automatically succeed.
5- Walk with giants – We rise or fall to our level of conversation. We become our associations. If you are the talented person in your group it is time to find a new group. If you think you are the intelligent person, it is time to know new people. The people with whom you spend your time will affect the level of your thinking, influence what you believe to be possible and leave lasting impressions on your personal performance. Based on the theory emotional contagion, speaking to the scientific fact, that we subconsciously pick up and then adopt the mindset and feelings of the people we associate with. If you think you are among the wrong people, move away or look for better association. As it says in the law of attraction, if you have people around you who are negative, pulling you down all the time, it will not allow you to reach your goals. At one point you will come down to that level and your dreams will disappear. Always look for new people, new talents, new skills, new friendship, and new communities better than the current.
6- Protect great days – To play world class you do not need to be vastly smarter or more gifted than everyone else. Instead you have to be slightly better, but with total consistency. If you commit 5 little goals each day for the next thirty days that means 150 little wins in one month from today. Keep doing this daily, and by end of one year you will have completed 1850 little goals. So protect great days by forgetting about doing grand acts of achievements and instead making each of your 24 hours a splendid and super tiny gift of success. Remember that your days are your life in miniature. Each day you craft your life. Small daily improvements will guide you to inspiring results. Many of us formulate big goals every year, but rather that it is time to break those into small quantifiable goals per day. You work out every day for one big goal, at the end of a year you achieve the rest.
7- Get smarter by getting fitter – What is the point of being the most successful person in the cemetery? Real wealth is health. Making a commitment to getting fit is a must. It has been proved that exercise helps increase your brain power. Research has also shown that exercise causes a phenomenon known as neurogenesis which means that when you workout you actually grow new neurons. Getting fit will massively raise your game in every area of your life.
8- Become a serious investor in You Inc. This year work on developing your knowledge, skills and learning about everyone around you. Invest more in your personal growth. Spend three hours per day for your personal development. Start thinking like an investor and invest in a place that will yield the finest return on investment people would have ever seen, that is YOU INC. The fastest way to double your income is to triple your investment in learning and self-development. When you know more, you can do more.