I want to share with you one of the biggest revelations I've ever had. Those that see what I'm about to share as "too simple to be effective" don't practice it and don't see the results they could. Those that practice it, I can guarantee are among the most elite in the world.
I have been fortunate enough to go from a kid in the projects of Brooklyn, NY, who was once suicidal, feeling like I scraped the bottom of the barrel to building multiple 6 and 7 figure businesses, to marrying the most beautiful woman I've ever seen, to being featured in publications like USA Today, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, The New York Times and more, to having at one point the number 1 career podcast on iTunes, to being able to find my passion through my work that makes a positive impact in the world, to also being in the best shape of my life.
Here's a key that too many people miss. I'm not gifted. I'm not special. I don't have anything that everyone doesn't have access to. I did learn AND apply the following idea that revolutionized my life. I want more than anything for you to have the life of your dreams. To live a life you only once fantasized about. It's possible if you know AND follow this idea:
That will change your life.
You don't need to feel like going to the gym. You just have to go. You don't have to feel like making sales calls, you just have to make them. You don't have to feel like getting out of bed. You just have to get out of bed. You don't have to feel like submitting that big proposal, you just have to submit it. You don't have to feel like writing a book, you just have to write it. You don't have to feel like doing something nice for your significant other, you just have to do it.
There is this weird misconception that how you feel should dictate what you do. I don't feel like doing half of the things I do on a daily basis. But I discipline myself to do it.
One practice I do every morning is pray. Before I jump on social media or check this website or that. I pray. As a Jew we pray with something called "Tefillin" it's an intricate leather wrapping that goes around your arm and head. Almost every morning I never feel like putting it on. But I do (except Saturdays). Because the discipline of doing it is more important than my emotional state. Who I'm doing it for is the Greatest Being ever.
Every day I do one thing to bring in new business for today and for tomorrow. Whether I feel like doing it or not. Every day I write. Whether I feel like doing it or not. I go to the gym multiple times a week, and trust me, I almost never feel like working out.
But the benefit of this kind of thinking pays incredible returns. INCREDIBLE.
Too many people are waiting for this magical feeling that will whisk them away and make them a super productive megastar. Ha! By first taking the actions, then seeing your results will you feel that way. The. Results. Become. Addictive. Gotta do this better. Gotta do this stronger, longer etc.
Most people are dying slowly and painfully and waiting for this magic moment for their life to change. You have to CREATE that magic moment. YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD SO EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT.
Stop looking for a magic bullet; stop wanting to feel amazing to do amazing work; stop thinking about that goal and friggin take some action. Make it a mantra.
Want to write that book? Write. Want to get in shape? Work out. Want an amazing relationship? Give Love. WHETHER YOU FEEL LIKE IT OR NOT. No matter what is happening in your life. No matter how hard you think it is and why this "hard" is reason to fall off. Experience your emotion while you do what you know you must.
Try this. Watch what happens to your life. Just watch.