Do you ever think if you could win the lottery most of your life problems would disappear? I know I’m one of those people and I always laugh when I remind myself that I don’t even play the lottery so how the heck would such a thing happen in the first place? You see when it comes to being successful; you have to be doing something about it and not just sitting, waiting and wishing upon a start. Sometimes luck and being at the right place at the right time can help with success but most times it has to do with putting in the work to get there. How can you make this happen for yourself? A lot! For now, I’ll share 5 things that you can start implementing into your life today.
I challenged myself to read at least 12 books that will have me improve different aspects of my life this year. I started on a very good note and read 4 books to date but now I’m exactly 2 reads behind and I feel absolutely awful about it. I will catch up, it’s a new month and this is where most new beginnings materialise. Did you know that successful people read on average 60 books a year? If they can do it what’s your excuse for not doing the same? You don’t have to limit yourself to reading, listening to audio books or podcasts is another way of feeding your mind with useful information. One of my favourite reads to date is a book titled The Richest Man In Babylon add it to your reading list, you won’t regret it.
2. LEARN NEW THINGS
You might be limiting yourself from being the greatest version of yourself because you think that you don’t have what it takes or you can’t afford it. I’m a firm believer in working with what you have. Want to travel? Start locally, it can even be in an area within your city or town. Want to upgrade your education? Study online and get certified in your field of expertise. Instead of wasting your expensive data on catching up with Instagram Stories that almost always leave you feeling inadequate invest that time towards learning something new that will benefit you. A good place to start is www.learndigital.withgoogle.com While you’re in pursuit of learning new things make sure you’re also unlearning habits that stop you from moving forward.
3. NO MUSIC, NO SPEAKING, JUST SILENCE
Silence makes a lot of people uncomfortable, angry, nervous or scared. Hinduism tells us that all thoughts arise in silence, arise in silence and resolve into silence. Why are most of us scared of silence? Are we scared of ourselves? Between Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp silence has effectively disappeared. I believe that we all need to make time to be silent and do some self introspection. After all, successful people are usually emotionally self aware.
4. SET AUDACIOUS GOALS
Do you have a plan for what you’re going to be up to this week? If not, how do you get through the next few days without a plan? Successful people set daily, weekly, monthly and sometimes as far as 10-year goals. Set goals that set your soul on fire, goals that make you jump out of bed in the morning, goals so big you can’t wait to see them materialise.
5. PURSUE YOUR INTERESTS
Stand-Up Comedy, braai, drink ups, clubbing you name it; wherever the fun things were happening I was there! It always left me feeling worn out by the time the weekend came to an end. This was about 5 few years ago. Fast forward to present day and I know that if I want to have any chance at being successful I have to stop trying to kill too many birds with one stone and settle for things I actually enjoyed doing. I love:
- exercising ,
- listening to podcasts,
- and drinking wine.
If what’s being advertised as the flavour of the weekend doesn’t involve any of the things on the above list you won’t find me there. It’s called preserving your energy and you should try it too.
At the start of this post, I asked you how winning the lottery could change your life? The answer remains the same. You have to play the lotto if you want to win! In this case, you have to deliberately make changes in your life today if you want to succeed in the future.
What are some of the steps you’re taking on your journey to success?