Today, I'll share with you four important elements that you absolutely MUST have in place if you want to bring about ANY lasting change into your life.
In fact, as you'll see, these elements are absolutely essential if you want to achieve ANYTHING that you've set out for yourself.
Next time when you want to bring a change into your life, or achieve a goal that is meaningful to you, use these four ingredients:
1. Awareness. Awareness is always the first step in any great endeavor. It is such a critical component, because it can be transformative in and of itself. As they say, to solve a problem, the first step is to admit that you have one.
So, before even trying to change something in your life, you first have to be aware that there's actual need for that change to happen.
2. Knowledge. Knowledge can actually help bring that bigger awareness into your life. Knowledge will also help you put things into perspective. It can help you see the dangers in advance. The accumulation of knowledge can help you shift those false beliefs that keep you from growing.
Be careful not to gather information just for the sake of it, and use your mind as a warehouse for facts. Gather knowledge that will help you advance in the pursuit of your goal.
3. Emotion. Emotion is how you feel about what you know. Whenever we speak about reaching out into the world, and going after our goals, ambitions and visions, we often bring in the term - motivation. Motivation is our motive to act. And 'motive' is defined as, "a reason for doing something".
So what are your reasons for doing what you do? Watch the video above to discover a simple, yet powerful way of developing your motivation.
4. Action. At this point, the knowledge you gathered, coupled with that powerful motivation you've developed, needs to be translated into action. Relentless focused action. You and I both know that nothing ever happens, unless you take massive action towards your desired objective.
To begin, think about a specific area in your life that you’d like to change. Or about a goal that you’d like to achieve so much.
For example, maybe you want to change a bad habit.
Maybe you’d like to quit smoking. Or you’d like to start a new health and fitness program, bring more emotional well-being into your life, or improve your intimate relationship.
You get my point...
Whatever that goal is for you, think about it for a moment, because it is going to help you while reading this article.
And before we go any further, I’d like to address one more concern that you might have at this point.
You see, maybe you’ve tried to change in the past, but you’ve failed in your attempt to do so. Maybe you’ve seen some progress along the way, but you found it hard to stick with it for the long term.
And even worse than that, maybe you’ve fallen into that state where you believe that there’s no hope for you. In fact, you might be wondering how you’re going to figure it out, and if there’s any light at the end of the tunnel.
If so, know that you’re not alone. I know EXACLTY how you feel, because I’ve felt the same way not too long ago.
I was pissed, angry and frustrated because I knew there’s gotta be a better way out. In fact, it was worse than most people realize!
But what I’ve discovered along my journey is that whenever I have these four elements in place, everything works out great.
I can reach out into the world, achieve anything I put my mind to, and transform my life in the process.
But here’s the BAD news…
Whenever I lack at least ONE single element of these four, everything seems to fall apart.
That being said, I hope you have your goal firmly established in your mind. And if you’re ready, then let’s dive right in by starting with element number one:
Awareness is the first step in any great endeavor.
Awareness is such a critical component, because it can be transformative in and of itself.
They say that to solve a problem, you first have to admit that you have one.
In other words, before even trying to change something in your life, you first have to realize that there’s actual need for that change to happen.
To solve a problem, you first have to admit that you have one.
In fact, nothing ever changes without your awareness in the first place.
What exactly do I mean by that? You see… Your life today is a result of the choices you’ve made up until this point.
The paradox is that the choices you make and the actions you take on a daily basis don’t seem that important right now. But if you take those same choices and actions, and you track them on a prolonged period of time, you’ll be able to see the consequences of it.
The trouble is that so many times we seem to ignore the long-term consequences of our choices, because it just feels too good right now. We go for the short-term pleasure, at the price of experiencing long-term pain.
A Simple Example You May Relate To Is Eating Junk Food...
Eating junk food may bring us pleasure in the present moment, but if done on a regular basis, it may lead to terrible consequences.
It may lead to obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, premature death, and the list goes on and on and on.
It’s the same thing with smoking, with drinking alcohol, and with so many other bad habits that we’ve ingrained into our lives.
And isn’t it strange that so many times we decide to make a change only when we lose something or someone we care about? Only when a tragedy or a terrible event happens to us or to our loved ones?
The question is: Do we really need to wait for life to shake us up in such a dramatic way in order to realize that we need to change?
Of course not.
That’s why you need to have awareness.
By being aware that the choices you make on a daily basis will eventually determine your future and the quality of your life, you’ll start to see things differently, feel differently and behave differently.
And maybe you can relate, but it has certainly been my experience to find that similar, or even identical situations come into my life, and unless I learn the lesson it was meant to teach me, it keeps coming back again, and again, and again.
That leads me to believe that every life experience is there to teach us something. And we need to learn the lessons that life is trying to teach us, so we won’t have to take that lesson again.
Knowledge can actually help bring that bigger awareness into our lives.
For example, by gathering knowledge on the aspect of your physical health, you can better understand the implications of nutrition, smoking and alcohol on your body and your mind.
If you want, you can go even deeper and learn the anatomy of your body. By doing so, you'll come to appreciate and respect your body more for what it is.
So that the next time you’ll want to eat some junk food, you’ll think about it twice. Because, now that you’re armed with this valuable knowledge, you can make some better choices, which in turn, leads to better results.
Now, let me step back for a moment...
I’m not saying that you need to know as much as a physician does. What I'm saying is that you need to know enough to be able to help yourself.
But here's the caveat...
Today, thanks to the Internet, we have so much information going on. But this abundance of information has also lead to lots of misinformation.
So you have to be careful to separate signal from noise, important from unimportant, and significant from insignificant information.
Also, don’t accumulate information just for the sake of it, and use your mind as a warehouse for facts. Gather knowledge that helps you advance in the pursuit of your goals.
How to Change Your Belief System
Another critical aspect refers to the fact that so many times, when we try to change something, we may not realize it but we need to change our belief system FIRST.
Let me explain...
Because of our environment, of our parenting, and of the circumstances we’ve grown into, we’ve been conditioned ("programmed") to think and see things in a certain way.
That’s why when we grow up, more often than not, we find that the beliefs we have are not always the most resourceful for us.
No wonder, because... what is a belief?
In simple terms, a belief is a strong conviction that something exists or is true. But sure enough, as the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said: “Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truths than lies.”
Along my journey, I found this to be true, because if you’ll only look to confirm your beliefs, you’ll never discover if you’re wrong.
As Albert Einstein said: "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them."
Meaning that you shouldn’t search only for information that confirms your beliefs. To the contrary, you should invite conflicting evidence into your life.
By doing so, you'll begin to shift those false beliefs that keep you from growing. And ultimately, by having the right beliefs in place, you'll be able to bring the right result into existence.
True Wisdom is Knowing How Much You DON'T Know
True wisdom is knowing how much you don’t know.
What you and I have to ask ourselves on a regular basis is this: "Do I think I already know everything?"
If you think so, then I have bad news for you: You’re in for a rough ride.
The moment I realized that I don’t know anything was the moment I started growing at an exponential rate.
And finally, knowledge can help you put things into perspective. It helps you see the dangers in advance. As the Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu said: "Do the hard thing when its easy."
So many times, when "change," or a new opportunity knocks at our door, we hide in the corner, covered under the sheets, afraid to open the door because... guess what?
We're not ready for it!
That's why my invitation to you is to gather all the knowledge and wisdom NOW, so that when a new opportunity will knock at your door, you'll open your hands wide and invite it in.
And even though they say that knowledge is power, I say that it is only potential power. Knowledge, by itself, doesn't bring about any change.
To bring the change into existence, you need to have two more fundamental elements in place.
Basically, emotion is how you feel about what you know.
When we speak about reaching out into the world, and going after our biggest goals and dreams, we often use the term motivation. We need to be motivated to do what we do.
But what exactly is motivation?
In simple terms, motivation is our motive to act. And motive, at the same time, is defined as a reason for doing something.
So let me ask you: What are YOUR reasons for doing what you do?
All of us have fundamental, universal needs we need to fulfill. But everyone of us is driven to different extents by these needs.
Some us are driven by the need for significance. We need to be respected and admired by our community, or social circle. Some of us are driven by the need to prove it to others that we can do it. And yet, some of us are driven by the need to prove it to ourselves that we can do it.
But what I've discovered along my journey is that intrinsic motivation (i.e. motivation that comes from the inside) is infinitely more powerful than extrinsic motivation (i.e. motivation that comes from the outside).
In practical terms, let me share with you a personal example.
A few years ago, when I started my health and fitness program, I was driven by the looks, by the "six pack abs" and lean muscles. And nothing wrong with that. It kept me going.
But what I’ve discovered along the way was that I've developed something more important than that.
I’ve improved my health. I’ve built a stronger character. I’ve developed my values and my self-discipline. Also, my confidence and my self-esteem went up.
All these traits have become so much more important, because they eventually rippled into other areas of my life.
Don’t get me wrong. You appearance is important, I don't deny that. But in the end, it is just that... an appearance. Remember that who you are and who you become in the process is infinitely more important than who you appear to be.
How to Discover Your Inner Motivation
Let me wrap this up by offering you a simple, yet powerful way of discovering your inner motivation.
Simply ask yourself: WHY?
- Why do you get out of bed in the morning and what keeps you up late at night?
- Why do you go to work?
- Why do you want to quit smoking?
- Why do you want to lose that weight?
- Why do you want to start that new business?
Why, why, why?
The answer to this question will eventually help you discover that bigger vision of yourself. That strong, deep, burning desire inside of you.
That’s what will keep you going when the obstacles come your way. That’s what will get you through those tough times, because they’ll inevitably be there for you.
So my invitation to you is to get a piece of paper and a pen, and start jotting down some ideas about YOUR why. Become crystal clear about why you do what you do.
As Friedrich Nietzsche said: "He who has a strong enough why, can bear almost any how?" That’s how powerful it is.
And finally, that knowledge you’ve gathered, coupled with that powerful inner drive you’ve developed, needs to be translated into action, which is our fourth and final element.
Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.
You can call it action, or execution, or discipline... but whatever you call it, you and I both know that nothing ever happens unless you take that relentless focused action towards your desired objective.
And by the way... you don't need to know it all before you start. Take it one step at a time, because if you'll focus on having these elements in place, you'll discover the answers along the way.
As the late Zig Ziglar put it: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
In quick recap, if you want to bring lasting change into your life and achieve anything you want, you've got to:
- Have awareness.
- Acquire knowledge on that particular subject that you'd like to change, or that goal you'd like to achieve.
- Discover your inner drive, and
- Translate all of that into action - relentless focused action towards your desired objective.
If you'll do so, you'll be so ahead of the game, and you'll eventually create an extraordinary life for yourself and your loved ones.
I wish you that, and much, much more! 🙂
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Shareable quotes from this article
The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is a problem to be solved.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Your appearance is just that - an appearance. Who you are is so much more important than who you appear to be.
He who has a strong enough WHY, can bear almost any HOW.
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.