Be-Do-Have : A Formula For Success

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Be-Do-Have... A Formula For Success

When we think about the changes we want to make in our life, we usually have a picture in our minds of what that change looks like. We envision a bigger house, more holidays, a faster car and maybe a job with more status. We might even see ourselves looking a little different to how we look now - more toned, slimmer, better dressed.

All of these changes are focusing on what we want to HAVE in our lives, and they're a great place to start when planning the goals we want to achieve. Unless we have a vision of how things will look when we've reached the lofty heights of our personal success, we've little chance of ever getting there.

But before we can HAVE all these great things, we have to be prepared to make some changes.

As Albert Einstein said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results". In other words if we keep doing what we've always done, we'll continue to have what we've always had, and our life just goes round in circles getting no-where. For big leaps forward in what we have, we need to make massive changes not only to the way we do things, but also (more importantly) to the way we think.

It's not rocket science to know that there's going to be a tad of work to DO to earn the things we want to HAVE. It's a basic law of life that we have to give in order to receive. But doing the work alone won't necessarily bring the goodies we want. We become successful by thinking and behaving like a successful person - developing the identity, beliefs and values of an achiever before we've actually got there.

So the student whose goal is to change career and double their income in the next three years has to become a conscientious learner who prioritises a certain amount of time to studying each week. If the pub beckons, but the work hasn't been done, the pub must wait. The achiever is happy there'll be plenty more pub time down the road (and more money to spend at the pub!) if they put the effort in first. A healthy attitude to studying makes the learning process easier, and brings results much faster.

Success doesn't happen on its own. Developing the mindset of an achiever is a powerful weapon against the knocks, criticisms and doubts that will inevitably come our way. We can associate with winning attitudes by reading biographies, watching films and interviews of others who've overcome adversities on their road to victory. A familiar thread runs through each of their stories - that what they have now is largely the result of the work they did and who they became before the gravy train started to roll.

By concentrating on becoming the person we need to BE, the work we have to DO will be more enjoyable and bring us the things we want to HAVE so much sooner.

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