What it really takes to be successful.

Ni Hao my enigmatic and buoyant amigo...

The most successful people I've ever known in life have a few things in common:

  • Every single one of them has a daily routine.

  • All of them have a checklist or system for tracking their progress.

  • They also are great networkers and connectors of people. 

  • Every one of them lives below their means.

  • They are super humble and like to fly below the radar. 

  • All of them are curious and lifetime learners.

  • They are obsessive in their own unique way. 

  • And, they all religiously protect their time.

I don't know which bullet point above seems the most difficult for you. But, that's exactly where you should start today. 

I know what you're thinking: "Yeah, but (insert your well-rehearsed excuse)."

Whatever your fill-in-the-blank-limiting-mindset-reason above is, let me ask you one simple question:

How's that way of thinking working out for you?

Stop letting yourself off the hook. Stop thinking success is reserved for some special type of person. And, stop limiting your future.

Anything is possible if you're willing to put in the time and effort. 

And, I mean anything. 

Here's a good place to start:

Wake up 30-minutes earlier tomorrow. For the first 10 minutes take some time to sit quietly. Don't do anything but breathe. Enjoy the stillness. Then take the next 10 minutes and write down 3 things you're grateful for and your top 3 worries. In the final 10 minutes simply make an old-school to-do list. Write down everything you need to do for the day to be a success. 

Revisit your list tomorrow night. Anything you didn't do, gets added to the next days' list. 

Then repeat the same half-hour early morning exercise the day after that.

See if you're not more focused, productive, grateful and positive. If you'll do this for a month, I guarantee it'll change your life. 

Or, don't and keep making excuses about why you're not successful and how life's not fair. Blah. Blah. Blah.

I think you're worth more than that. I really do. Don’t you?

Here's to never settling for the status quo...

Steve Knox

PS. Share this with the one friend who has every excuse in the book. Call them on it. And, ask them to hold you accountable for making today's post a daily habit.