5 Principles For Success In Business And Life
I spend a lot of time meditating on the timeless principles that lead to success, excellence and greatness. In the process I have started collecting the ones that really stand out and that resonate directly with the Strategic Warfare attitude of strategic approach and ruthless execution. Over time I will share them all. Let’s start with these 5…
1. Visualize the bullseye
What do you want to achieve?
Not an easy question, I’ll give you that.
Many of us choose a specific road and stick to it mostly out of convenience. Never really questioning whether this will get you to where we want to go. In fact, never even questioning what the destination might be.
A certain degree of clarity is essential to the war you are waging on mediocrity.
Do not get too hung up on this question because ultimately, action brings clarity. But do take some time to think about your deeper motivations and desires.
2. Start with simple. Optimise from there.
Even the most mundane tasks often have a hidden level of complexity. When I started the BetterMan website I was aware of many others also writing and creating content. Where are they today? I don’t know. Why? Because they started without truly knowing what they were getting themselves into.
When you want to introduce a new activity into your life. Start with simple. Really break it down into its most basic action even though you can take on more. Even though you feel it’s too easy.
Once you nail the basics. You scale up. You increase complexity. You increase efficiency.
But all of that means nothing if you don’t become effective first.
3. Become better at suffering than your competition
If this sounds a bit grim, don’t become discouraged. I have always maintained that BetterMan functions in the real world, the world that’s filled with disappointment, failures, unforeseen bills, recessions, and hard times. As Rocky would say, “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”
Success is a matter of time and consistency. If you can persevere through the hard times. Stay consistent through the hard times. Embrace the hard times. Then you will win. End of story.
4. Function independent of your emotion
Human beings are irrational and emotional. We cannot deny our nature. However this does not mean that you have to be ruled by it.
Your pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain that deals with logic and reason, is immensely powerful. Use it to your advantage. How? By becoming a better decision maker.
Use it to structure your environment in a way that supports your goals (remove distractions and temptations). Use it to create simple rules for yourself that are easy to follow (if I get home, I will exercise immediately).
Tool: Structuring rules
5. Rally support from allies
If you try and kick down doors (opportunities) you will fail. Why? Because doors are immovable objects that can only be moved by those on the other side.
You will need people. End of story.
Others will support you when you are being knocked down. Others will create opportunities for you and connect you to the right people. Others will inspire you and motivate you.
You can go it alone.
But it’s much better with an entire army at your back.