Over the past 12 months, I have surrounded myself with some incredibly successful people. They each possess a central focus that anyone can adopt to help achieve their goals.
I have people tell me all the time that they would love to make seven figures a year. A couple things I can tell you about that goal: while it’s possible to make this happen on your own, the majority of people I know earning this kind of money have a solid team around them—most aren’t doing it alone. The second thing is that it takes a certain mindset and type of person to achieve this goal and lead the team that is required to make it happen.
For most people who have the desire for the coveted 7-figure mark, there’s typically one reason they haven’t yet achieved their goal.
They haven’t become the person they need to be in order to handle this level of success.
Now, before everyone gets out the pitchforks and lights their torches, let me explain. I’m not saying you can’t get there, quite the opposite. We have to develop and grow into the people we need to become in order to be successful. This is what is meant when someone tells you they are leveling up.
To use the video game RPG analogy, when your character gains enough experience they will go up a level. This typically allows them to run faster, think smarter, handle bigger and better equipment and accessories; you get the idea. You have to get through levels 1-9 before you can get to level 10. The same thing happens in life. We see it all the time with professional athletes and other entertainers who go from less than nothing to multiple-millions of dollars per year. Typically as soon as their career is over, so is the cash. Because they never developed into the kind of person who could handle that kind of income, and the responsibility that comes with that sort of spending power.
The person writing this today is not the same person I was 12 months ago. Hell, I’m not the same guy I was four months ago. I have made the INTENTIONAL decision to surround myself with mentors and successful people achieving things on levels where I want to be. Twelve months ago, I could have told you that Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls-Royce were three brands I held in high esteem. It takes quite a bit of success and spending power to tool around in one of those cars on a regular basis. Twelve months ago, I did not know one person personally who drove either of them. Today, I know multiple people driving each brand.
So, in the last 12 months, what’s the biggest lesson I can tell you I’ve learned from my new friends?
Live your life with extremely high amounts of intention.
The people who are crushing it in their industries live intentionally and not reactively. When I realized this, it was a game changer for me. I’m still working on it. It’s not a light switch that you simply flick on the wall and the magic happens.
I think it also depends on how long you’ve been living your life like a glorified fire drill.
My first degree was in mechanical engineering, so my brain works with pattern, repetition and routine really well. There’s a good chance yours does, too, even if you aren’t wired like an engineer. Utilizing my calendar that syncs across all my devices and literally a paper checklist I print out each morning is how I work through my day.
One of my mentors, Alex Charfen, developed a Momentum Planner that was another game changer for me. Like the title suggests, if you want more momentum in your life and you’re an entrepreneur, this tool will help you level up in a hurry. My day starts by hyper-hydrating and mindful breathing. After this, I set out my intention for the day and immediately look to see what NEEDS to be done and who can help me best achieve the goals of the day. Starting the day off with this mindset sets the tone and the stage for the remainder of the day.
You start the day intentionally and immediately shift from reactive to proactive. When you can set yourself up for success by identifying the three key things for the day that will help you get closer to your goals and then achieve them (or make progress) you’ll be amazed how quickly you can gain momentum and start leveling up your life, your relationships, and your career.
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