Let’s face it. Most of us get our results by stumbling into them. We acquire our outcomes largely by chance. And we make our decisions normally based on our hunches. Then we wonder why we aren’t more productive, prosperous, or thriving.
To put it simply, I find that many people just don’t know any better and so they treat success like a hobby. A spare-time activity. A sideline.
Like any other hobby, we seek success because of the pleasure we believe it will bring us or the pain it will help us avoid. But . . . we actually pursue prosperity in a leisurely or unbelieving manner. We believe that, if we just periodically think about it and do our occasional wishing for it long enough, good fortune will eventually find us (if not seek us out), fall in our ready-and-willing laps, and then we will nod with a knowing smile because “we’ve had it coming all along.”
But, most of us, in the end, are just success hobbyists and abundance dabblers. We are prosperity amateurs who look admiringly at other people’s wealth rather than looking at how to make our own desired outcomes a reality.
We hoodwink ourselves by coming up with elaborate reasons why we must postpone getting what we really want. We think we have all the time in the world, when we really know that we’re all running out of time and that “when the time is right, it will happen” is nothing but a smoke-and-mirrors approach to abundance.
To put it another way — If you don’t take the time to learn how your own success works, then you will only have the time to know how someone else’s success works.
So, what’s the difference between an amateur at achievement and a professional winner? The professional gets paid. With money… With love… With time… With something!
There is a constant giving and a taking. Priorities are set. And abundance and prosperity are front burner items at all times. Professional winners are constantly doing what is needed to keep the flames that burn their dreams into reality fanned, fiery, and intense.
If you are an amateur, you are mostly doing a little and waiting a lot. Professional winners do a lot and demand a lot. Amateurs at success play around with and daydream about the concepts of luxury and plenty and bounty. Professionals will accept nothing less than a real-world experience of those things.
One of my personal abundance principles is simple: Success always, always, always happens. Do you?
This means that, no matter what you do or do not do, there’s going to be a consequence for, a result to, and an outcome of whatever it is that you’re doing or not doing. You can’t stop such a phenomenon. There is always a by-product of “you.” The challenge is that most of us don’t take the time to define what we want, refine how we’re going to ensure that we get it, and combine our dreams with our abilities to form imperative and necessary deeds.
Today, I want you to do three things — only three straightforward things.
First, I want you to define the One Outcome that, if you had it, would change your life forever in a positive way. I want you to write it out in as much detail as you can. Use flowery words. Use emotion. Use visual language. As they say in the movie business — show, don’t tell.
Second, I want you to refine your success habits to align with your One Outcome. Most of us have skills, routines, practices, and ways of doing stuff that we know guarantee us success at particular tasks.r Most of us, however, have never taken the time to really map out and connect those rituals of success with the real results we want. We just keep plodding along with our day-to-day lives sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. I want you to change that inconsistent results pattern, with a new one.
Finally, I want you to combine your One Outcome with your success habits. Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote: “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” I’ll go a step further: True success and abundance come from the enjoyment of creating, deeds done, and the suspicion that you have a choice in the matter.
Stop treating your attainments in life as hobbies. I want you to play. I don’t want you to be the plaything of others. Take hold of your dreams, your desires, and your decisions.