It is a routine practice for me to listen to podcasts when commuting (I learned of this positive practice years ago and it keeps new ideas flowing and constantly introduces new influences across industries into my life).
HOW PEOPLE THINK
There are differences in how people think.
→ Wealthy people think differently from poor people.
→ Fat people think differently from lean people.
→ Successful people think differently from unsuccessful people.
→ Winners think differently from losers.
You can call it what you want but it has been observed over and over and over again. It doesn’t matter if its the real world and by social scientists in lab coats and fancy clipboards, the results are always the same.
If you change the way you think, you can change the outcome of your life.
However, according to Tracy, this only works if you are clear about what you want. You need clear, distinct goals that you can work towards achieving. It needs to be so clear that you can visualize reaching it, someday owning it.
You can’t say that you want to be rich someday. You have to say that you will make a million dollars in 5 years. Clarity will give you the necessary fuel to allow it to consume your life. It will become the bulk of your thoughts, manifesting into your life’s work.
Two critical practices were discussed. They are really simple, but simplicity is often the key to action. And action is often the key to success.
SIMPLICITY + ACTION = SUCCESS
1. Have clear, distinct goals (and then feed your mind with lots of new and varying information).
- Write it down. Writing the goal down makes it permanent and makes you the architect of your own life.
- Identify the skill that will help you achieve that goal. After identifying the skill, go out and master it!
- Focus, Focus, Focus.
Why does this work? Because clear goals will drive your daily actions. Doing small things every day is easier to manage and more effective for long term success. However, those small things have to be apart of a larger, more grandiose idea. If you don’t have a larger goal you will succumb to distraction. Text messages, social media, email, cable TV, etc. In short time, these distractions will consume you.
By learning something new every day, you are feeding your mind with positive and new information.
You will slowly start to transform yourself into a task completing, goal seeking, knowledge pursing, champion of the world.
Ask yourself: If my life was perfect, how would it look?
Then ask yourself: how do I get there from here.
Long term thinking dramatically increases short term productivity, says Tracy.
2. Gain control over the activities of your life.
♦ Take all the activities in your life and separate them into “A” and “B” activities. “A” activities move you towards the things you want: things like health, wealth, fitness, and happiness. “B” activities more you away from the things you want. “B” activities are damaging and counterproductive.
♦ Do “A” activities and stop doing “B” activities. It is that simple. People will tell you that you need balance but incorporating “B” activities into your life will only move you further away from the things you want.
People with balance in their lives aren’t authorities or billionaires.
Why does this work? Because identifying the activities that move you towards the things you want is important to know and understand. All of the skills, techniques, and talents in the world won’t matter unless you are doing things that move you towards your goal.
NOTE: Comfort should not be one of the things you want. Comfort means you have settled. Comfort means that you are no longer working towards something. Never settle for comfort. Being comfortable will never make you happy. Always be working towards something.
Warren Buffet is 84 years old and spends 80% of his time working on his businesses.
Here is a personal example for reference:
♦ “A” activities — reading, going to a CrossFit gym, hiking on weekends, waking up early and getting work done (before sunrise), researching new ideas and concepts, listening to podcasts, walking around libraries and bookstores and looking for new things to learn about, taking online classes from Udemy, researching and taking quality supplements, skipping breakfast, only eating real foods that fill me, never snacking, taking note of other people’s bad habits and promising to myself that I will never become that person, seek out mentors, try new things, do things that scare you, take risks, get into arguments (stay fired up), never let anyone talk down on you.
♦ “B” activities —drinking too much, going out to clubs and bars, binge eating because I think I deserve it, drinking too much caffeine, not empathizing enough, being overly aggressive when the situation does not require it, judging people based on their fitness levels (thinking they are lazy when they are probably just not educated), skipping workouts I don’t like, thinking that all stuck up women are feminists (negative thinking is a timewaster and a “B” activity), partaking in gossip, taking a leisure day, watching TV/Youtube.
If you think omitting “B” activities is hard or painful, just remember that there is also a pain in regret. It hurts more than the pain of discipline.
With discipline, you will be working towards that bigger goal. If you shift your mindset, it is no longer painful. It becomes enriching as you grow more purposeful and capable each day.
Do the things listed category “A” and stop doing the activities listed in “B.”
SIMPLICITY + ACTION = SUCCESS