Are you physically and mentally strong enough to tackle the challenges you face? Are you ready to give up the GOOD in order to get to the GREAT? Are you prepared to withstand any temptation, rejection, injustice, resistance, jealousy? Have you learned to turn these adversaries into positive powerful fuel to reach your ultimate goal?
If your answers to these questions are a ‘YES’, then you are on the right path towards finding focus and becoming successful by leading a purpose-driven life.
I’ve just come back from an amazing journey to Hollywood where I received two awards for co-authoring two best-selling books and was named one of America’s Premier Experts. “How did you get there?”, you might ask. The answer is simple:
My dynamic interests and multilingual skills have helped me progress fast, but my commitment to my seven development rules has helped me to seriously sustain my success:
1. Find your life’s purpose and chase it passionately
People who are successful are laser-focused on their life’s purpose. They took their time to map out their life’s journey and have made it their mission to chase their dreams relentlessly. This step is crucial. Take your time and think about what your purpose in life should be.
I transformed my career by knowing that I wanted to become a trainer and I absolutely love what I do today. This is directly reflected in the results of my work and I light up every time I see other people prosper.
2. Mind your own business
Your personal development is blocked if you are only focused on other people. Don’t blame the lack of excellent results on others; instead, look for ways to improve yourself. I always remind myself to use my energy wisely and analyze what I need to change about myself in order to reach my goals. In short: Stop blaming and complaining and be open to receiving feedback in order to truly grow.
3. Get a coach
A coach empowers you to follow through and makes you reflect on your own thoughts and actions. My coach gives me space to fail, holds me accountable and makes sure that I stay on track with my goals. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my coach. If you haven’t already, find someone you trust and from whom you can learn.
5. Live in the stretch zone: Commit to sacrifice and create new habits
‘The GREAT’ can only be found in your ‘stretch zone’. You better get comfortable with being ‘uncomfortable’ because nothing comes easy; otherwise everybody would already have what they wanted. You will need to transform yourself to get to the next level. This transformation will happen when you create new positive habits, ones that empower you stay focused on your career. Take a minute to write down habits that keep you from reaching your goals and decide to do the opposite moving forward.
6. Unleash your inner athlete and tap into the power of visualization
Adopt an athlete’s mindset by seeing, feeling and believing that you can achieve yet another personal record. Do not focus on your sacrifices along the way, but on the finish line ahead. Envision the rush of happy hormones you will feel once you cross it. This will help you to keep going.
7. Be fit and build stamina, life is a marathon, not a sprint
Past experiences have already helped you to build up stamina for arduous tasks. Enhance it by making sure you are also physically fit. This is crucial to rise to the challenges in life and in your job. I learned the hard way how destructive it is to only focus on your career and not look after yourself. Eventually, I reinvented myself through the power of sports.
Staying committed to my seven development rules has allowed me to celebrate many successes, the biggest of which is leading a life that is enriched by the joy of sharing success with others and of making a positive difference in other people´s lives. It is a life full of happiness, fulfillment, pride, self-esteem and being physically and mentally fit.
This is my life. This is my journey. This is my destiny. What is yours?
Bonus tip: Learn to pay attention to detail again. We are living in a world of skimming and scanning, of sharing articles of which we have only seen headlines and pictures. They have more to offer than just fact snacks. Your understanding of the big picture will become a lot deeper once you learn to love the details. By the way, consider this my 4th rule of the list from above.