We all want something better for ourselves but does anyone really know exactly how to get a better life? Will the grass always be greener on the other side? Today we will examine this so-called grass and its alleged colour. By the end of this article I will provide actionable steps that you can take. But first we must try our best at…
Defining “Better Life”
“To improve one’s own circumstances through self-determination.”
The means of which would be achieved through consistent, imperfect action harnessing the power of any of the 8 forms of capital you possess. Whether it’s in the form of the living/natural world, social, intellectual, experiential, spiritual, cultural, financial or material means. We could say that, in general, a gain in any of these areas would be overall a net positive change for one’s life.
Alright, so you live in abject poverty. You’ve eaten pretty much nothing for in the last 2 and a half days. The only liquid you’ve tasted in the past few months was water from a nearby fountain. You were lucky to have found a neglected alley to sleep in so close to a clean water source.
I don’t know your circumstances but if you are of sound mind and/or able-bodied there are productive tasks you could be doing in order to gain “more capital”. Leverage what you have to multiply your success. There are so many incredible and FREE resources available. If you are reading this it means you have access to and are able to leverage those resources to gain capital at a potentially exponential rate.
1. Have a Vision
Close your eyes and spend a couple minutes bringing to the forefront of your imagination the best life you could lead. See the people, places and things that would be around you. Feel the character qualities you possess and embody. What habits and rituals did it take to achieve these things? How much hard work and sacrifice? Did it get monotonous and repetitive?
The habits and daily steps you put in place will be the cornerstone for the better life you build. In fact they are the better life. The day you live out all the steps it will take to achieve your vision is the day you arrive there. While the journey to “success” may not always seem glamorous from the outside, those who understand the process take pride in the struggle for the simple reason that it makes them stronger.
2. Consistent Imperfect Action
Don’t go out looking for a home run and get upset when you don’t get one. Aim for base hits all day. This simple baseball analogy truly says it best. If you’re unfamiliar with baseball then consistent, imperfect action sums it up nicely. Making sure you get what needs to be done, DONE is more important than making sure it gets done perfectly.
Having a set routine will help immensely with this. Make it non-negotiable. You are guaranteed to see progress over time. If not then you are either lacking in comprehension, consistency or intensity. Be sure to understand why you are performing certain tasks and always engage in them with a high level of energy.
3. Positive Mindset
I know you’re the best around but do you? With a negative mindset and losing attitude you will always fail. Always. Period. And the only way to change a negative mindset to a positive one is through ACTION. Bring your vision into your minds eye and start to take imperfect action towards the daily steps you’ve created.
It can be so easy to tear ourselves down before we even begin. By having a plan of action that we can execute whenever the mindset goes negative we’re able to overcome obstacles and roadblocks simply by adhering to our plan.
4. Stack Wins
Make your process more productive by starting each day with non-negotiable tasks that are easy to complete. Accomplishing simple things like making the bed, reading for 15 minutes or stretching can snowball into more productivity throughout the day and remember the side effect of action? That’s right, positive mindset.
With that being said, don’t shy away from a challenge. As they say. ‘if you do what is hard, life will be easy!’ Take pride in taking on challenges and don’t let a failure be anything other than a lesson. There is no growth without adversity. So when times get tough, be encouraged by the struggle and know that it is nothing other than a path of growth.
- Have a vision
- Create an actionable plan by working backwards from your vision
- Execute plan daily
- Maintain a positive mindset by recalling vision and taking action
- Set yourself up for success
- Grow through adversity
Set yourself up for success by believing in yourself. You have the power to take action and change yourself and the world around you for the better.
Remember that this is a process. The most important factor is TIME and it is not to be underestimated.
Thanks for reading, I hope you got something out of this post. Speak your vision out loud in the comments below and let me know if you’re interested in learning more about the 8 forms of capital and how to leverage them in your life.