5 steps to breaking through in 2019
I often think about what it takes to truly break through and achieve our goals. During my readings I found a piece that was written by Catherine Clifford. Catherine captured comments from Tony Robbins, one of my role models. Tony Robbins famously overcame poverty and a traumatic childhood to achieve tremendous success. Currently, Robbins has 54 businesses with total sales of $6 billion per year, according to Success magazine.
“If you want the best year ever of your life, you’re going to have to come up with a vision,” Robbins says in Success. “What do you want? What’s going to be different this year? What do you want to change, what do you want to transform?”
And when creating that vision, be realistic.
“Most people overestimate what they’re going to do in a year, and they underestimate what they can do in a decade, or two or three or four,” Robbins says.
Also, as you move towards your goals, you are going to have to deal with the uncertainty inherent in newness, says Robbins and that will be hard. Our brains are terrible at dealing with uncertainty, he says, but you must learn to be okay with being uncomfortable and uncertain if you want to move forward.
“We all want certainty so bad,” Robbins says. “But if you’re totally certain every moment, what’s going to happen? You’d be bored. So, we need uncertainty. We need a lot of it.”
Robbins shared with Success his five steps to have the best year of your life.
1. Always keep learning – Robbins came to understand early in his life the importance of learning new ways of thinking — or what he calls “feeding his mind.” “You’ve got to bring something new to it,” Robbins says. “Otherwise, you’re going to keep operating off the same old beliefs, the same old thoughts, the same old emotions that have not gotten you to the level you want.” My personal goal is to read at least one book per month.
2. Stay physically active – Challenging your body keeps you sharp and focused. Robbins says he gets up every day and jumps into a 56-degree pool, walking through snow or getting into a river. “I don’t do that because it’s fun,” Robbins tells Success. “I don’t do that because I want to do it. I do it because I’m training my body that when I say ‘go,’ we go.” My personal goal is to exercise six days per week.
3. Identify a person who already has what you want – “If you want the best year of your life, you need to decide to find a great role model,” Robbins says. “Who is already getting the results you want?” Model your behavior after the individual who you identify as doing exactly what you already want.” When Robbins was a child, he heard his parents fighting about not having money for food. He decided he never wanted to have to worry about money like that, so he set as his role model the late Sir John Templeton, a legendary investor. “I said, ‘Here’s a man who started with nothing just like me. Now, he’s the first billionaire investor.'” My role model is Tony Robbins.
4. Take action but be willing to change course – Sometimes you need a change of direction. Robbins gives this analogy to Success: If you want to see the sunset, which sets in the west, but you’re facing east, you’re out of luck. “I don’t care how positive you are, I don’t care how enthusiastic you are, it’s not gonna happen — you have the wrong strategy.” I am personally committed to change course when necessary.
5. Give back – “As corny as it sounds, the spirit of living is giving, and it’s what makes us alive,” Robbins says. “Life is not about me; life’s about we.” Helping others will likely make it easier for you to keep perspective about your own challenges. Also, helping others imbues your own life with purpose, he says. I am personally committed to supporting organizations creating a positive impact on the lives of our kids; HANDY, The First Tee of Broward, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward, and Rotary.
Commit to these 5 steps in 2019 and enjoy breaking through. Send me the actions you plan to take to break through and let me know how things are going throughout the year.
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