Maximise your life for success
1. Don’t wait until you are ready
If you wait until you are prepared, you’ll probably end up doing nothing.
It’s amazing how many crazy ideas I’ve come up with in my life, only to see them fizzle out.
Sure, there may be some ideas that may never work, but you’ll never know if you don’t jump in and do it.
The truth is, you’ll never be ready, and you will always have some excuse for not doing it.
The old idiom “You snooze, you lose” couldn’t be more appropriate in this situation.
To maximise your life you need to get in there and do it.
Don’t wait. Start moving toward the idea and keep going.
You’ll be surprised how things will start to iron out as you go along.
If you wait until you have it all figured out in your head, chances are it’ll never happen.
Just go and do what you love.
Keep working at it; learn as much as you can about your idea.
Become the best, become the greatest in your plan, the questions and the needed understanding will all fall in to place.
2. Stop overthinking – paralysis by analysis
Spending too much time thinking about a project can paralyse you into inactivity.
When you overthink the challenges you may face, it becomes larger and scarier than it is.
Overthinking will cause you to use words like, “yes, but…”, “what if…?”, ” it’s silly, It’ll never work”, “it’s been done before”, “I don’t have the money” etc.
This kind of thinking will kill any chance of success.
Look at the big picture, break tasks down into bite-sized chunks, and understand you cannot control everything.
Maximise your life by relaxing, breathing and realise that you are the pilot of your thoughts and ideas.
3. Feel what you want to achieve now
Having goals are considered one of the essential parts of achieving your objectives.
However, unless you live and breathe that goal every day, it’ll probably never happen.
Making the goal yours by connecting it with your senses will improve your reach a hundredfold.
Imagine for a moment; you’ve achieved your goal, what does it look like? What does it sound like? And how does it feel?.
Allow the sights, sounds and feelings of having achieved your goal permeate your mind and body.
How would you be standing? What would you look like? How would you be dressed? How would you speak?
Now live every day as though you have already accomplished your goal. It’s the golden rule of goal achievement.
To maximise your life, it’s essential to “feel what you want NOW”.
Practising this simple activity will help you stay motivated and enthusiastic about your journey.
4. Create mental movies
To quote Albert Einstein “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.
The power of imagination is available to everyone.
It’s the ability to create mental images of something that is not necessarily perceived through the five senses.
It’s the ability to create forthcoming attractions of your life in your mind’s eye.
These mental images allow you to be the director and actor of your movie.
So, be creative, be open-minded, be bold and don’t hold back in seeing yourself where you want to be in the future.
Amazingly enough, your imagination doesn’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s not.
Therefore, your unconscious mind will accept it as real and assist you in achieving and living it.
You may see yourself as a superhero, a business tycoon or simply as a more relaxed and focused person.
Once you have that movie on the screen of your imagination, connect with it, ask yourself what would you be seeing and hearing, and what would you be feeling.
Using your imagination in this way is a powerful neurological tool that will help keep you motivated and on track with your goals and dreams.
5. Replace the negative and feed the positive
Studies have shown that our internal dialogue significantly affects our blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and the biochemistry within our body.
It’s estimated that of the 10,000 to 20,000 thoughts we have a day, 80% are negative, and 95% of them are repetitive.
Because of our mind/body connection (psychoneuroimmunology), your mind will affect your body and vice-versa.
Many people could be released from the hospital if they understood their sickness was self-induced.
Negative thoughts are very draining.
Negative words, complaining, whining and being judgmental of others can weaken our immune system.
Thoughts that reduce our own or another’s sense of self-worth is significantly depleting.
Replacing negative thoughts is one of the most important contributing factors to a healthy and robust immune system.
To maximise your life, recognise and be aware of your thoughts, challenge and scrutinise their validity.
Replace negative words and thoughts with empowering statements and remember, you are what you think.
6. Guard the gates (senses)
The common concept of computer science and mathematics is summarised in the acronym GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).
Any input that is faulty or incorrect will produce defective or inaccurate output.
GIGO is an acronym can also be applied to our minds; what you put into it will affect your emotions and behaviour.
The way we feel and behave is the direct result of how we think.
Whatever you see, hear and feel will affect the way you see the world around you.
Ultimately you will begin to act out on those thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
The idea or concept you accept as true will eventually control you.
Whether the idea or concept is true or false, good or bad, beautiful or ugly; the moment you accept it, it becomes part of your belief system.
Much of what we’ve learned throughout life has been through what we see.
Being aware of what you are watching, reading and listening to, will conclusively shape how you see and respond to the environment and circumstances around you.
Be on your guard about what you allow into your mind.
Make sure that what you’re putting into your mind is uplifting, positive and encouraging.
It should leave you motivated, enthused and full of optimism. So, maximise your life by guarding your senses.
7. Slow down
Today everything seems to be moving so fast.
There aren’t enough hours in the day.
We eat quickly, speak quickly, drive fast, and move fast, we have become immune to slowing down.
If you feel like the speed of your life is causing difficulties.
Here’s something you may want to try:
Stop and close your eyes and listen.
How many sounds can you identify around you?
Maybe you can hear the hum of the air conditioner; the birds singing; the sound of your computer; the sound of cars driving by; the whine of an aeroplane flying above; maybe the sound of your heart or the sound of your breathing.
The trick here is to tune out in order to tune in, to become acutely aware of all the nuances around you.
This sensory acuity brings you into the now.
It removes you from all the hustle and bustle of the moment.
Take time to reflect, and reconnect with the life and energy within you.
You’ll be glad you did.
Practice this “time-out” exercise as often as you can; you’ll be surprised at how energising it can be.
8. Judge not, be open-minded
People who are judgmental and close-minded are generally fearful and lack self-confidence.
Learning to be open-minded will allow you to experience new ideas and perspectives in life.
It will enable you to expand your thinking and change how you view things.
Practising open-mindedness will free yourself from always having to be in control.
Living with an open mind strengthens honesty and authenticity; you are not limited and confined by your own beliefs or those of others.
Being a non-judgmental and open-minded person will give you a strong sense of self and create more positive energy around you.
By making these simple but effective actions part of your daily routine, you’ll begin to tap into your inner potential and maximise your life.