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The 6 Step Process To Create Epic Results In Your Life

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The 6 Step Process To Create Epic Results In Your Life

Stories of entrepreneurs breaking free from the mold of societal norms, risking it all, and making an impact strike you at your core. You’re addicted to success, because for whatever reason, you’re not the same as everyone else. Deep down inside, you know you have the same potential.The new year is upon us, and that means new goals, dreams, and motivation. This is your year to build your legacy, move mountains, and impact thousands, even millions of people with your vision.

There are far too many people out there making new years plans that are exactly the same as last year’s… because they haven’t followed through and achieved results.

Here’s the six step process to ensure you create epic results from new years motivation:

1. Craft your vision

Every success story started with a vision. What exactly is it that you want? This is the first step in harnessing motivation and turning it into results.

Write it all down, every single little detail. What kind of life are you going to live? What do you do? What’s a typical day like for you? How do you feel?

But here’s a trick: write it all out as if you’ve already accomplished it. By doing this, whenever you review your vision, you’re telling your subconscious it’s something that already happened. You aren’t wishing for a different future, you’re remembering your future reality.

Each time you wonder why you’re working, why you aren’t doing a normal 9-5 job, why you’re doing this crazy entrepreneurship thing – you’ll have a vision so crystal clear and grand that just your vision will make others jealous.

We’re trained to take the easiest option, the road more travelled… but if the only option is your vision, that’s the path you’re going to take.

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift 

2. Write out your why

After writing out your vision in meticulous detail, the next step is to write out the reasons why you want to accomplish the vision.

“My message is too powerful to be kept quiet. I’m going to live my dreams and passion. I want to make an impact on the world. I know I have the potential in me to change my current reality. I know too many people that are trapped in a life that makes them completely miserable and I’m not going to be one of them”.

If you don’t have a powerful enough why, then you’re not going to follow through. Simple as that. There will be long hours, there will be challenges, and there will be failure. Your why will push you forward.

 

3. Write your success timeline 

Now that you’ve written out exactly where you want to be in a year, work backwards and figure out exactly what you need to get done in six months, three months, and one month, then all the way down to the first four weeks.

What are the minimum things you must absolutely get done within those time periods to guarantee that you’re getting closer to your vision and your success? If your vision is great enough, it will be almost unbelievable to attain within a year.

Yet by writing down your success timeline, you not only define exactly what needs to happen to make you successful, you also come up with the roadmap to your vision. Every step becomes clear and laid out for you; there isn’t any confusion on what to do.

 

4. Renew your motivation

Eventually, whatever motivation you have will be drained. You’ll lose sight of your vision and won’t be in the frame of mind that produces action. This is why it is crucial to continually renew your motivation.

Review your vision, your why’s, and your success timeline daily. In fact, do it once right in the morning, and then again at least once more later in the day.

On top of that, read blogs like Addicted2success and remind yourself that there are many amazing people that had the same if not a rougher start than you did, and succeeded in spite of it all. The journey to success can be demotivating if you feel like you’re alone, so it’s important to prove to yourself continually that it can be done.

If you don’t remind yourself of your vision and the path that you’ve written out for yourself, you’ll fall off track, lose momentum, and be right back where you started.

“You are either moving towards or away from success at any given time. What direction are you headed in?” – Joel Brown

5. Build your habits

Here’s another secret – habits trump motivation. For those times when you are challenged and are forced to work hard and fail, what truly matters are the actions you take.

Unsuccessful people let their emotions dictate their thoughts, which determine their actions. Successful people decide on their actions, which dictate their thoughts, which determine their feelings.

Get up early in the morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Exercise and fuel your body right, even if you don’t feel like it. Put in extra work, even if you don’t feel like it. Taking the right actions, whether or not you feel like it, will become a habit. And success will come.

 

6. Review your progress

Everyone knows that things don’t always go according to plan. So readjust as necessary. Continually review yourself and your goals so that even if you aren’t on the original path you planned, you’ll still be headed in the direction that you want to go.

See how your plans are going every week and every month. Ask yourself, what went well and what didn’t? When were you at your best? Is what I’m doing truly getting me closer to my monthly goal, and ultimately my vision?

When you analyze what didn’t go well, you prevent it from happening again. When you analyze what did go well, celebrate it. If something went well, that means you created success! Review constantly as you go along, and you’ll minimize losses and maximize wins.

Live your dreams

Imagine this, 2016 is about to end, Christmas just finished, and everyone’s getting ready for new year’s celebrations.

You open your computer, and happen to see the vision you wrote at the start of 2016. You consume every single word you wrote down…then shed a tear.

You’re living the incredible vision you wrote down twelve months ago, and are living the life of your dreams! Despite the hard work, challenges, and failure you came across, you persevered and achieved victory most people wish they had the courage to try for.

Are you going to start the 6 step process to create epic results in your life? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Darryl Elvina is a freelance writer and author that discovered his passion for writing on his personal growth journey. He now writes to inspire, engage, and convert audiences for business owners that need content. Inquire about working with him at www.darrylelvina.com

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  1. Mokgwati Lebogo

    Jan 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Hi, I am building my company and this will help me put my vision to archive how my company will be come end of the year. I feel empowered and will read this article everyday morning and evening. Thank you

    • Darryl

      Jan 19, 2016 at 1:55 am

      Glad to hear it Mokgwati! Success is simple : it’s doing the right things over and over again. The real challenge is doing them, but as entrepreneurs our goals are so compelling that we HAVE to make them happen. Best of luck on your company!

  2. Chris

    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Thanks for a great post, all of the points make sense but the one point that hit home with me was the last one: imagine it’s just before 2016 New Years Eve and I read my goals. That’s what I’m going to build my focus on, visualise that day over and over again, with me reading out my goals and knowing I have achieved them! Thanks 🙂

    • Darryl

      Jan 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

      It’s exciting, isn’t it Chris?

      Continuous visualization will sustain your momentum; daily visualization will get you to that day!

  3. Stephen Osoko

    Jan 10, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Hey Darryl!
    This was a helpful post!
    I’ve done a lot of these.
    Right now I’m building the habits.
    It’s an interesting process but very rewarding.
    Great post!

    • Darryl

      Jan 19, 2016 at 1:49 am

      Thanks for the responses everyone!

      That’s a great one to focus on, Stephen. Habits are crucial – once you’ve got them installed, you literally have success running on auto pilot!

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When I hear someone using my name once in a while throughout the conversation we are having, I cannot stop myself thinking “this person must have read Dale Carnegie’s books or must have been influenced by someone who read them…” Have you just recalled a similar moment and it felt nice?

As Dale Carnegie famously said, “Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and the most important sound in any language”. Why did Dale Carnegie highlight the importance of an individual’s name to that person in his “How to Win Friends and Influence People” book published in 1936?

Each and every one of us wants to feel special and unique. I guess he recommends using the person’s name in the conversation because that is one of the easiest ways to grab that person’s attention so that we can enhance the chances of getting our point across. However, I am more interested in this from the other side; hearing our names directly addresses our individuality, our need or desire to feel special and unique.  

Let’s park this one for now and we will come back. 

Categorization is essential to our survival

There is countless scientific research telling us about how our brains recognize similarities and put things into categories, which has been crucial to our survival in evolution and still helps us with a lot of things from learning new things to coping with the continuous influx of massive amounts of information through our senses. 

The continuous influx of information is mostly handled by our subconscious mind rather than conscious. It is estimated that our brains receive about 11 million bits of information every second through our senses, of which only 40-50 bits can be processed by our conscious mind. We process more information than we are aware of. The magic here is the subconscious mind.

An example is when you are at a very loud party where you hear a lot of words flying around without you recognizing each one of them, then suddenly, you immediately catch it when you hear your name. Your subconscious had been processing all of those words, without your awareness, but informed your conscious mind when your name was out there because it was relevant to you.

In order to most effectively process this much information and inform the conscious mind with only the relevant ones, our subconscious employs categorization as one of its strategies.

When our ancestors encountered some deadly predators in the African savanna, their subconscious prompted their conscious mind to immediately fight or flight by categorizing the information gathered through their senses into “predator / life threat / take action”. Most probably we are not descendants of the ones that were frozen rather than fighting or flighting! 

Although it is a completely different situation, the same strategy applied in remembering lists. Let’s look at the below two lists.

  1. lion, eagle, shark, leopard, hawk, whale, panther, falcon and dolphin 
  2. lion, leopard, panther, eagle, hawk, falcon, shark, whale and dolphin

The second list is easy to remember because it is reordered into relevant groups even though the content of the both lists are identical.

Subconsciousness is the magic and categorization is one of its key strategies. It is essential to our survival, learning new skills and processing information as well as bringing back the information we had processed and stored. 

This amazing skill has its drawbacks

As a result of our brains’ categorization strategy, we also categorize people, especially if we don’t know them as well as our closest ones.

Imagine I am sitting at the table next to yours while you are having your favorite coffee and working on your computer or reading your novel at your neighborhood coffee shop. I stand up, very calmly grab your bag, and start walking away. Your reaction might be quite different depending on my outfit. It could be much more vocal and harsh if I have a dirty T-Shirt and a pair of torn jeans on. However, if I have some navy colored, 3-piece suit and well-pressed white button up shirt on, you might even say something like “Excuse me, you might have picked up my bag by mistake”. (There is an experiment done by social psychologists which reported similar results)

Similarly, I would not be surprised to hear that my co-worker’s spouse is very skilled and knowledgeable in English grammar and literature because he is an English teacher. However, I would not expect it from my co-worker herself because she is an outstanding chemical engineer.  

This is defined as unconscious bias or stereotyping, as a result of our subconscious brain’s categorization strategy. The outfit I have at the coffee shop impacts your response to my action, because it puts me into a different category in your mind depending on my outfit. My co-worker’s and her spouse’s backgrounds make me put them into different categories, which might mislead me sometimes.

Just like we categorize things, it is very natural that we categorize people.  

The key question here for me is; how do we truly treat people as individuals so that they feel unique, just like as they would want, while we know that our brains categorize people

We can overcome unconscious bias 

Leonard Mlodinow, in his enlightening book “Subliminal”, suggests that “if we are aware of our bias and motivated to overcome it, we can.” That doesn’t mean that we need to fight our brain’s categorization strategy. We just need to employ our conscious mind more when we are working or dealing with individuals. 

Our unconscious bias might tell us scientists are bunch of technical nerds who cannot understand abstract concepts that marketers are talking about or it might say that marketers are some daydreamers who need to be grounded by scientists to the real world all the time. I am an engineer and I love thinking in abstract terms and I worked with quite a lot of marketers who thought primarily in factual and concrete terms. 

Spending some effort to learn more about individuals will help overcome unconscious bias. Gathering more information and qualities about them will make it easier for us to treat them as individuals rather than a member of the category we put them in our minds. 

The moral of the story here is to recognize the fact that our brains do categorize, and it is essential; but also, to recognize that every individual wants to feel unique. When we appreciate these two and keep reminding them to ourselves, we are one step closer to figuring out our own way to overcome unconscious bias and treat people more like individuals. 

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