Growth and learning are the only things that matter in both our personal and our professional lives. When we look back at our lives, we look at the paths that we have taken, how far we have come, how much we have grown as an individual, as a family, and as a species. To some, growth is about reaching beyond the perceived limits of humanity and for some it is about building a name for oneself, to be independent, to be the best, and to matter. But, to really grow and to be someone, its important to know where you want to go and who you want to be, understanding that using your mind you can leverage the power of now, and take action in the direction in which you want to go.
Although, to get control of one’s mind, one should understand that both, the mind and the body, respond well to routine and easy tasks, that is why its difficult to shake off a bad routine and build a new tougher one in its place. But its possible to breakdown the goals of the tough habits into more tangible, easier, and smaller tasks, and take on them one by one.
Most of the top performers agree on the fact that the things that had the most impact on their lives and that which provided the most happiness had come from following a system of habits and making them into routines. There is a lot of power in their habits and routines. If, like me, you too want to keep working on yourself and in the meantime figure out your purpose, these habits can act as tools to help you do that.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”Jim Rohn
Most common habits that the top performers work on are listed below:
- Setting goals, visualizing, and executing them
- Having/Building great relationships (Personal & Professional)
- Maintaining the Mind: The tool and the guide
- Building the body: Building the strength to start your day (Healthy eating+Exercise)
- Working on and understanding one’s emotions
- Sleeping/Resting well
- Optimizing time and scheduling
- Improving one’s knowledge base
- Practicing Gratitude and Compassion
- Adding an element of play and/or art
For this post, lets focus on the first habit, Setting goals and executing on them. We can work through all of them by first Adapting the first technique and then working one by one to the other options, this way it becomes a more manageable and an achievable task.
Setting goals and executing on them
Setting our goals is one of the most important tasks. Let me demonstrate why, and how we can leverage its power. Lets say, I feel stuck at a place and decide to go anywhere but the place where I was, I take my car and without setting anything on the GPS, I just drive, I am making sure that the car is all fueled up and its engine is at peak performance, I have driven long and far, but I haven’t really reached anywhere (this goes on for a couple of days), I then sit and ponder, confused, thinking that I have driven a lot, and am tired and far from my home town but I don’t feel any different, although this place is new, I don’t feel that I am making any progress. And this metaphor works perfectly in real life.
This happens because we have no reference to compare to, some milestone target that is tangible and we can say with conviction that I am there or I am not there yet. Yes, we are in the driver seat and have a total control of our lives, but we need to have a location in mind/GPS(a goal), and then we can use all the power of the car(Body/Mind) and make sure you reach the destination on time (or maybe before). We live in a time of infinite possibilities, unless we pick one of them and give our all to it, we are lost in the decision paralysis that these infinite options offer us. That is why, its vital to set goals and break them down into more tangible tasks.
A thought becomes an action on executing it, and an action on being repeated multiple times becomes a habit, a habit on a long run becomes an identity, these formed identities are what that defines us. This is what is meant by “As a man Thinketh so is he”. Also, to solidify our thoughts, it helps to write them on a paper, it then acts as the first rolling stone of thoughts becoming reality.
Have good thoughts occupy your minds, read great books, make good habits and break the ones that no longer serve you, cherish relationships, and always keep growing as a human, test your limits and do something great, even if others say you can’t.
Keep growing, keep smiling.
A Student of life.
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