I remember seeing Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory at Santa Monica during a little talk called, “The Entrepreneur’s Mindset.” It was powerful (the word ’empowering’ is not welcome on this blog – we create our own power), leading me down a long road exploring each of his talks on YouTube.
There is immense value in listening to stories of how successful people reached their pinnacle.
Many times you will find that successful people were once regular people.
They went from ordinary to extraordinary by cultivating a deep belief in themselves and then by taking massive action in spite of the nagging naysayers.
Embedded within each episode of Impact Theory is a key to becoming powerful. You are what you think and you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with, but you can’t always surround yourself with the best thinkers and doers.
That’s why podcasts and shows like Impact Theory are so critical, they can give you the environment that you need using technology.
Technology gives us a bridge to the mentors, role models, and influencers we need to know and follow. Through them, we can surround ourselves with the five highly successful we need to impact our own lives.
I remember a question that Tom told us to ask of ourselves before any venture, “Do I want to be the best in the world at this?”
I immediately thought of what I was doing and what I wanted to become. The premise is simple, align yourself with something that makes you quell with fiery anticipation. Look for a calling/vocation/career that makes you strive to become the best in the world.
His core ideas are captured in the 25 bullets that constitute the Impact Theory Belief System listed below.
But five of his points really made me think — they challenged my perception, my beliefs, my reality:
1. Human potential is nearly limitless. If you embrace this idea as a personal mantra, then you can become anything; rise to the top of any industry; master any skill, and amass any fortune. The idea is simply the beginning, the work that follows is still up to you. It takes deliberate effort to accomplish anything great, hours upon hours of focused work.
2. Personal growth is the highest priority. How to achieve lifelong success: consistently seek personal growth. You won’t stagnate. The commitment to continued growth is what keeps the fire stoked.
3. You can acquire new skills in any area at any time. Skills create value. Ordinary people do not have skills, instead, they fall in line with a mediocre society that enables passivity. Learning and acquiring new skills is what gives you power. The idea that you can continually learn new skills is what makes you unstoppable.
4. It doesn’t matter who you are today. It only matters who you want to become and how hard you are willing to work to become that person. We are sometimes born into less than desirable circumstances. You may not have a perfect family; you’re parents may be mediocre and expect the same of you; you may have had a tough childhood that made you into what you are today. None of that matters. It only matters what you want to become and how hard you are willing to become that person.
5. Passion will help you keep fighting to reach your goals when things get difficult. Center your life around your passion. In order to achieve mastery at anything, you must be passionate. You must be obsessed. You can’t and won’t do the necessary work required to reach the top without this attitude. Crave the process. Robert Greene calls it your life’s task; it is what you were meant to do.
THE IMPACT THEORY BELIEF SYSTEM IN 25 BULLETS:
1. Human potential is nearly limitless.
2. Personal growth is the highest priority of Impactivists.
3. You can acquire new skills in any area at any time.
4. It requires focus and disciplined practice to acquire new skills.
5. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to, without limitation.
6. #5 is a lie. But it’s an empowering lie. Impactivists do and believe that which empowers us.
7. It doesn’t matter who you are today. It only matters who you want to become and how hard you are willing to work to become that person.
8. See beyond your current self to the opportunity of becoming the best version of yourself.
9. The Impact Theory Community is a safe place to make mistakes.
10. Mistakes are a great teacher to those who are willing to admit that they’ve made one.
11. Share the lessons learned from your mistakes with your fellow Impactivists.
12. Failure is temporary. Move quickly beyond it.
13. Everyone has something to teach you. Learn from whomever you can.
14. Impactivists do not make excuses. Ever.
15. Any obstacle can be overcome. See #14.
16. Building your self-esteem around being right all the time will lead to poor decision-making.
17. Build your self-esteem around identifying the right answer and pursuing it faster than anyone else.
18. Have VERY clear goals.
19. Do that which moves you toward your goals.
20. Do NOT do that which moves you away from your goals.
21. Only work in an environment that is moving you towards your goals.
22. Impactivists are Linchpins who work hard, smart, and long hours. See #21.
23. Passion will help you keep fighting to reach your goals when things get difficult. Center your life around your passion.
24. Impactivists motivate and inspire those around them.
25. Take the red pill.
You can also download a printable copy here.
Review the list every day until it becomes your personal belief system.
Additionally, transform your environment by watching Impact Theory every day — make it a part of your High-Performance Lifestyle:
- How to Achieve Ultra High-Performance w/Dr. Michael Gervais
- How to be a Linchpin w/Seth Godin
- How to Become a High Performer w/Brendon Burchard
- Perspective w/Gary Vaynerchuk
- Building Your Brain for Success w/V.S. Ramachandran