It's said that it takes around 21 days to change a habit. So, here's your formula for getting everything you want. Follow this and success is guaranteed. Don't follow it, and it isn't. It's that simple. OK, here we go. Hold onto your hat. You're in for a fun but bumpy ride.
- Decide what it is you want. Be clear, be certain, be honest. Take a little time. Think about it. Got it? OK, next...
- Hold a clear picture of it. The better you can see it in your mind's eye, the easier it will be to recognize it when it shows up. While seeing it, talk to yourself about it and...
- Create a mantra for it. Some call this an affirmation, and I guess it can be that, but it's actually a call to action. Here's how to create it: Pick two or three words that grab the essence of your picture and repeat it many times during the course of the day. Example: You want to be a great painter. Say "The world loves my art."
- Do the work. This is where many people falter. They are not willing to do what it takes to achieve their aim. If you want to be a concert pianist, you must practice every day. If you want to be a marathon champion, you must run every day. If you want to learn a new language, you must speak it every day. In other words, you must do the work daily. Decide what needs to be done and do it. Don't fall into the procrastination habit. That's a killer.
- Reap the benefit. Here's the fun part. From the first moment of commitment, you'll begin to notice benefits. Enjoy them all along the way. Don't just wait for some big payoff at the end. Otherwise, you'll get bored and probably give up. The little successes along the way will keep you motivated. And they'll keep you younger and happier, too.
If it all seems too simple, just wait until you commit to it. That is, IF you commit to it. Once you commit, two things will happen. First, all kinds of opportunities will begin to show up in your life to assist you. Second, all kinds of obstacles will show up in your life to block you. They are both essential. Your job is to work the opportunities and face the obstacles. But, if you're truly committed, determined, and resolute, you will achieve your outcome. Then, start over, do it again, make it a game.
Aristotle said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Make this formula a way of life, a habit, and watch how the universe will literally roll at your feet in ecstasy. You'll think it's all a miracle. In reality, it is the natural way of things.
Now you know. Have fun.