Ever since I was 8 years old, I can remember wanting to be a rock star. I remember asking all my friends to join my band (none of us could play an instrument at the time), and surprisingly, most of them would say something like, “Yeah! I’ll play the guitar solos!”
I can imagine that you have had similar experiences, whether it was dreaming of pitching in the World Series, being a fireman or a doctor. Regardless, we all have dreams.
Oddly though, something strange happens. People grow up and realize that movies are all scripted, everything is expensive, life gets busy and sometimes it is tempting to sleep in rather than get ahead. Life happens.
All of a sudden, people’s dreams get a little fuzzy and their dreams become more of a childhood fantasy. They get a ‘normal’ job and fit right in with society, which there is nothing wrong with, but what if they wanted more? What if you wanted to resurface that dream and make it a reality?
If you were to investigate the daily routine of a highly respected or successful person, generally, you will see that their daily routine is impeccable and looks very different than most. John Maxwell says “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
Maybe you haven’t become a heart surgeon or rock star, but you still can improve from where you are. Don’t let your limiting beliefs stifle you from becoming better at what you do, or moving you to the next level! The only person who can make you feel inferior is yourself.
If you want to improve things in your own life, you need a plan. Here are 5 steps that I believe will help you start on your journey to the next level:
- Tyler’s ‘Get It Together’ Checklist -
Desire is the fuel of any mission or goal. The more you desire to see the outcome or work towards a goal, the higher the probability of you actually following through. If you have no desire to improve, don’t be surprised if improvement never happens.
- Measurable Goals
Living your life aimlessly with no way to measure success or improvement can lead to complacency. What gets measured gets done.
Often when you have a desire to improve, you begin to think of ways to make those improvements happen. Be sure to make goals that can be quantified, or measured. Such as, ‘I want to read 1 book a week’, or ‘I want to be in bed Monday-Friday at 10:00pm at the latest’. When you write out goals like this it will help you stick to it and know how well (or how bad) you are doing.
Many people try to bypass this and fight the battle on their own terms and conditions. Unfortunately, life happens and sometimes we get lazy.
It is important that you find someone who cares about you and bring them up to speed with your desires and goals. If the person does what they are supposed to, you will have someone to encourage you after success and guidance during failure.
I personally have two of these people in my life. One I talk to weekly, and the other on a bi-weekly basis. I will never be able to fully explain how helpful they have been, but I do know that they are invaluable to me.
- Learner’s Mentality
Chances are that if you have someone keeping you accountable, they will at some point, need to call you out on something your doing (or not doing) that is inconsistent with your goal. This can be hard.
The truth of the matter is that you will never reach a day when you have nothing more to learn. Our human minds are not capable of comprehending and retaining all possible knowledge and information the universe has to offer. You will always have room to grow and learn.
Be careful not to kill the messenger who delivers the news that you specifically wanted to receive! Be a lifelong learner and embrace failure as an opportunity to grow.
Only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolution and 60% of Americans fail to make it one month before they give up or cave into their old ways. Discipline will help you keep your momentum moving forward even on days when it is really difficult.
In the end, it all comes down to hard work. If you are willing to put in the time and effort to make necessary changes and improvements in your daily routine, you are bound to find success in whatever area you are working. Of course, there will always be trials and failure, but discipline and a good work ethic will help you bounce back.
What are you doing to move forward?