There are a dizzying number of quotes from famous and successful people that basically say, in order to become a specific person (i.e. a musician, an author, etc), you need to do the things that type of person does. My favorite comes from Goethe, a German poet and philosopher: “before you can do something, you must first be something.” In other words…actually, that’s pretty straight forward, especially for a philosopher!
I hear so many people say things like, “I would love to be an author,” and when I ask how often they write they say they don’t, or once a week, or whenever they have spare time. How often do you think authors write? Stephen King forces himself to write 2,000 words a day. He acknowledges that some of them may be “crap,” but 2,000 crappy words often lead to 1,000 good ones, which might lead to 600 great ones. He has published 49 books, every single one of them a best seller. The proof is right there in the book pudding.
Think about what you want to do in life, as a career. Then think about a person who already has that career. THEN think about what that person does every single day of their lives. See, success comes from working diligently and persistently every single day. In order to do this, you need to form habits. The things that make you the person you want to be need to be done every day. And in order to form habits, you need to establish rituals. Whatever kind of person you want to become, figure out the rituals involved in being that person. Do one of those things tomorrow morning as soon as you wake up, and make yourself do that exact thing every morning, regardless of what else happens. Your life is defined by rituals, whether you control them or not, so you might as well control them.
Once you have that first ritual down and you’re doing it every day without thinking about it, add another one. Always be the person you want to be. Do the things you will be doing once you get where you want to go in life. It has been said that the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between real input and fake input. Feed it the input that you already are the person you want to become, and you will become that exact person. It works like magic, but really, it’s just the power of your subconscious mind.
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