When I was a kid, I always wondered why some people seemed to have all the luck. It just appeared as though they always succeeded, and I wondered why I wasn’t blessed with this amazing aptitude, this unusual gift.
I wanted so badly to be successful at things in the same way, that I began to study these unique individuals and emulate their qualities.
I was driven with the mentality that if I tried to be like them, I would eventually have the same results. In many instances, I began to achieve things I never thought I was capable of. As bizarre as it sounds, this crude form of modeling is effective. It is so effective, we as toddlers begin to do exactly that, using our parents as models.
Later, as we are exposed to other influences, we begin to get a stream of models that we are exposed to, many times with conflicting and contradictory images and protocols. At this point many of us have begun to shape our character to a degree where we are not aware of just how influential these entities, these actual models, are.
“A man is literally what he thinks about most of the time.” -James Allen
So, how did I become what I wanted to be? Those of you that know me well know that I surround myself with people much older than me in order to learn from their accomplishments, and even more, from their mistakes. I decided I would watch what the best people I knew did and emulate them where needed.
If they were that good, it must be because of who they are, who they have become. If that is true, then I will succeed in the same ways if I do what they do, if I act as they do. Guess what, it works! But be careful, it works both ways.
“Experience is not what happens to a man.
It is what a man does with what happens to him.” -Aldous Huxley
If you act as though you are a champion inside, you will become pushed in the direction of greatness. However, if you act as though you are a scoundrel, you begin to think and become a predatory or parasitic entity. You become what you think about most of the time.
How Can You Use This?
Want different results? If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten. If you want to make remarkable improvements, you must raise your standards to the level you would expect, if you were already successful.
How would you stand if you just achieved your greatest accomplishment? What would a person who was responsible for such incredible actions say? How would this person dress?
In order to be successful, you must think and act as if you already were. To be successful, you must first think, act like and accept that you already are. Don’t try to FAKE IT while you make it…Start Becoming it now!
The Bottom Line
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.“-James Allen
As you do this, your mind will look for ways to make you successful. You will elevate your standards to become that person. As you do, your mind will adjust to your new standards and support your conviction.
May the rest of the week be productive and successful, friends. As always, seize the day!
Have an incredible week!