Let’s take a minute and talk about what it takes to become something new. Maybe you want to be better at work, maybe you want to be a better husband or wife, maybe you want to be an better father, maybe you want to change careers, maybe you want to get a promotion, maybe you want to take your business to the next level. Whatever it is, if you want to become something new there is a very specific place you have to start. The first step is that you have to see yourself as what you want to be. You have to believe that you can be that thing. You have to think about what it takes to be that. You have to start making decisions as if you were that. You have to start listening and watching people who embody that next promotion, or that awesome paycheck, or that incredible marriage.
So, let’s back up for a minute. A lot of people want to be something different but they don’t want it enough to actually work on it. They only want it enough to talk to other people about how they want it. Or maybe they only want it enough to complain that it hasn’t come to them yet. Or maybe they only secretly want it on the inside and they’re not even talking about it.
When I was a kid I wanted to be the first person on mars… but did I even start on the journey to becoming an astronaut? No! I just talked about it. I just daydreamed about it. I just complained about how I wasn’t getting good enough grades to get in to NASA.
When I was in college I was a really good guy. I went to class. I did well on tests. I was nice to people. I was trustworthy. All that time through college I didn’t understand how other people were doing better than I was. I was mad and jealous when other people were getting cool jobs or excelling at sports or taking their lives to the next level. I didn’t understand how being a good guy wasn’t turning in to being the things I wanted to be. It wasn’t really until 10 years later that I realized that just wanting something isn’t enough.
If you really want to be something different, something new, it’s going to take some work. You’re going to have to learn some things. You’re going to have to take some time to make it happen. You’re going to have to learn from people who are WHAT YOU WANT TO BE. You’re going to have change your behaviors. You’re going to have to change your decisions. You might have to stop doing some things that you really like doing. You might have to start hanging out with different people. You might have to go back to school. If you really want to be something different, you have to do what it takes to be that.
So, the next time you’re daydreaming about what you want you need to cut it off and ask yourself if it is something you want or something you really want. If you don’t really want it, then just shut the daydream down, it’s not worth your time. If it is something you really want then take it to the next level and start really believing you can be it. Think about what you have to do to become that. And start taking the very first steps down the path.
Until next time #LetsGo