I always laugh at Horoscopes, Fortune tellers and Psychics. Honestly, how can anybody with a grain of sense believe in this stuff. Leaving your destiny in the hands of someone with dodgy advice who tells you stars, spirits and “hocus pocus” have clear directions and solutions to your life’s problems. As they say, a fool and his money are soon parted.
I find fascinating the concept of time. The notion of the past, the present and the future. How much of our life is lived in these three places with our past memories, present conscious decision making and our future dreams/fears. Myself, being a big Doctor Who fan, along with other watchers of the program are constantly challenged on their concepts of time. Whether if time travel were ever possible could you change the past or the future and if so what would be the consequences?
Fortunately, time travel has not been invented. We are stuck with our past and our present. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, we have the future to embrace or squander depending on our attitude.
Whilst listening to success and achievement coach Brian Tracy in his wonderful audio series “Personal Success made simple” I have been fascinated to hear him describe the massive impact our past has on our present circumstances. His assertion is that our guilt, anger, doubt, fear and frustrations that we bring with us (our baggage) from the past are the driving forces behind our thinking and actions. This baggage creates in us negative emotions that stop us achieving the results that we crave by putting up significant barriers to success.
So let me ask you how much baggage do you carry?
I being no different from almost most of us have had significant challenges in my own thinking. Fear of failure is something I have had to fight hard with. One of the most profound things I have learnt to overcome this fear is to realise that failure is a natural part of life. Failure is just the learning experience and the price we have to pay to get the necessary skills to gain ultimate success.
Our business T3 Australia is very focused on helping people develop a better future through training and education. Ultimately, any steps you need to improve your future prospects requires dedication, planning and the right advice and information.
My seven top tips to setting yourself up for future success are:
1. Decide what you want— Everybody talks about goals. Yes they are important to set as this is your road map to success. Trouble is ask your average Joe Blow to name one massive reason for being alive and what their contribution to society will be or is, the answer will be something like ” I don’t know”. Until you discover that one burning ambition or purpose you will always struggle to set great goals.
Try this, if you knew you had only short amount of time to live what would be your priorities ( or bucket list) you would like to get done before your time is up. This will give you some ideas as to what your true purpose in life is.
2. Surround yourself with the right people— Like attracts like. If you want success, hang around with positive and successful people. Many people wonder why their life is going badly when they hang out with their fellow “losers”. Be selective who you are friends with, more importantly who your trusted advisors are and what you spend your time doing.
3. Trust your instincts— if it smells bad it probably is. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is. Your subconscious mind is always on the look out to fulfil your goals and dreams. It is your most powerful weapon in achieving a life of greatness. Learn how your mind works and use it to transform your life and thinking.
4. Model yourself on someone you would want to emulate— Don’t reinvent the wheel. There are so many good books, websites, audio programs and activities that detail the successful strategies of the big achievers. Remember only action will make your life successful. Talk is just talk. Walk your talk and achieve.
5. Be happy and positive— it’s so easy to be negative in a world that focuses so heavily on it. Be discerning what you watch on TV, read in newspapers and magazines. Develop a list of trusted sources of information that analysis in depth the issues of the day. Try to get both sides of the story. Remember adversity and challenges are where the big insights and ideas come from. Get positive about negativity. Be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
6. Don’t worry— Worry is usually all about your mind borrowing trouble from the future. Almost every prediction, forecast, modelling, future disaster, etc., etc. never happens. Learn to tackle what ever comes your way head on. Cross bridges when you arrive at them. Not before or hundreds of bridges you where never meant to go near. Plan for the worst , expect the best. Cope with present troubles by asking yourself , will this matter in 1 month, 1 year or 10 years. Almost everything that seems a disaster in the present is just a learning experience and something to test your strength and determination. Yes sometimes, massive challenges in the form of illness, accident or disaster do happen but if you are still above ground, you are always one up on many other poor souls.
7. Stop making excuses— This is the hardest of all. How many times do we tell ourselves, I am too old, young, stupid, poor, ugly, unfit, etc. etc. These things are just a state of mind and a perception. Perceptions can always change. Think of someone who has achieved massive action but overcome appalling odds to achieve greatness. If you say that you can or can’t do something , in both cases you will be almost certainly be right. Be persistent with your action and never, never, never give up.
I believe that the best in life is still to come. That we the people of this planet are on the edge of greatness but it will take a change of attitude by all of us that life is something you can choose yourself or if not someone will choose it for you.
Think positively and remember that individuals and businesses like T3 Australia are dedicated to helping people be the best they can be. Contact me for more information at Michael@t3australia.com.au or use this contact form.
Have a great day.