If you want to fly, you can’t hold onto the extra weight pulling you down. In the end, great habits will lead to a great destiny.
Whether it is burying yourself in social media, dwelling in self-doubt, or whining all day, anything that drains your mind needs to go out the window. It is essential to become great in life.
Here’s what you need to give up:
1. Playing it Safe
You must be willing to leave the herd. Taking risks doesn’t mean being reckless. It means making bold but informed decisions.
For example, blogging has become highly risky these days. A blogger can choose to blog full-time for a living if he thinks he’s good enough. He cannot make this decision without studying the competition and evaluating his skills.
There are two practical tools to take risks: knowledge and action. Knowledge on its own doesn’t work. But when you use it to take action, you get instant feedback and discover better ways to move forward. That’s how you take risks and become great in life.
2. Ignoring Your Health
Humans were not supposed to stare at electronic devices all day long. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ran every day to hunt for a meal.
Similarly, you need to move your body to keep healthy. Eat healthy, sleep more and exercise often.
Here is why you should exercise:
- Feel confident
- Improved concentration at work
- More Energy
- Sleep better
If you don’t want illness, make time for fitness. You’d be surprised to know that Oprah does 45-minute cardio workouts six days a week and 30-40 minutes of strength training four days a week. Former U.S. President Barack Obama works out six days a week.
3. Lacking a Long-Term Vision
We often seek short-term gains and never think what may happen five years down the line. This kills our chance to become great in life.
Many college students work at McDonald’s or Burger King, just to afford the latest iPhone. But if they invest the same time to learn and build marketable skills, they can get high-paying jobs or even start their own companies.
First, you need to know about your long-term goals. Because you can use these goals later to make important life decisions.
You’ll need to ask, “How does it go along with my long-term goals?”
For example, if you want to send your children to college after ten years, then you have to save money five to ten years in advance. Ignoring it will bring havoc to your life.
4. Seeking Approval From Others
If you want to become great in life, stop looking for validation. If you want to do something, just go for it. Period.
Research has proven that intrinsic goals motivate people better than extrinsic goals. If all you want to do is please others, you have already failed. Because people will always criticize you no matter how good you are.
Others stop us from doing great things because of their own limits. Elon Musk’s friend showed him plenty of videos to prove that starting a rocket company is a bad idea. But had he listened to him, SpaceX would not exist today.
5. Living With Negativity
If you want to become great in life, control your emotions instead of letting them control you. When you are submerged in negativity, your mind cannot think straight and stops you from reaching your goals.
Forgive everyone who has hurt you in the past. Get rid of anyone who is negative, complacent, or hopeless. Stop socializing with people who put you down. Their negativity will seep into your life and stop you from being successful yourself.
So what has been stopping you from succeeding? Let us know in the comments.