Many people are going nowhere FAST; finding themselves stuck on life’s treadmill. The concept of time is something made by humans and is unfortunately often misunderstood and taken for granted. If you don’t take the time and make the effort to plan out the journey to your destination, you may never reach your destination at all.
It’s going to be a journey, and it’s not a race. You have to be willing to be ALL IN for the long haul. What separates those who make it where they want to be in life and those who don’t, all comes down to this simple concept of becoming the master of your time. How do you find the setting on life’s treadmill that will allow you to run steadily throughout while making progress each and every day?
I’ve narrowed it down to a few key points that I have asked myself and come to terms with in order to cultivate sustainable motivation for the long haul.
1. Are you obsessed?
IF you’re only doing something because you believe it could make you money, 9 times out of 10 you’ll probably fail. Ouch. Sounds a little harsh, but sorry, it’s just the truth. I’ve failed at countless things because I was doing it for the wrong reasons. Although, I was able to turn each of these failures into a success through experience. If you’re not truly obsessed and passionate with what you’re doing, how will you ever find a way to keep going when it takes longer than expected? How can you expect to deal with adversity and keep moving forward? If you’re not obsessed and fully immersed in what you’re doing, adversity doesn’t turn in to a challenge, rather, an excuse of a way out.
Obsession and life’s treadmill are mutually exclusive. One cannot co-exist with the other. Obsession will take you leaps and bounds further than those in it for the wrong reasons. Here you can find a way out of no way. When all hope seems to be lost, your obsessive, relentless drive will instinctively find a way to make it happen. We as humans are very instinctive creatures. If you put humans on an island and don’t tell them which way is up, they will do everything in their power to find food, shelter and a way to survive. If it means enough to you, you will find a way to make it happen.
2. You are on no one’s life clock but your own.
But my buddy already started a business and is making tons of money! I saw this person on Instagram the other day who was the same age as me and they were traveling the world, living life! I NEED to hurry and get there.
This is how our minds are being shaped to think. While it’s always good to be striving for more, this type of mindset is wanting more for all the wrong reasons. This mindset can actually impede your own forward progression and leave you running blindly on life’s treadmill. Every second you spend looking at and/or thinking about how great someone else’s life is, is time and energy lost that could be used fueling your own dreams. Your time and energy are sacred. Don’t waste them on worrisome thoughts that only hold you back in the end anyway. You’ll get there. Trust the process and know that as you place time and effort on building a better you, you will grow to be able to achieve whatever you need to in this life.
3. Prepare for success, no matter how long it takes.
Proper preparation alone can get you to where you need to be. This is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal to fight back against life’s treadmill. Writing down your goals has been linked to having a powerful effect on your brain when it comes to actually reaching your goals. There is a scientific process known as encoding which, in layman’s terms, allows your brain to recall information more effectively when you write it down. 24HourCaptain will soon be releasing a smartphone app with this feature built in. Make sure your subscribed to 24HourCaptain email updates to be the first in the know about the app’s release, and have the opportunity to fine-tune your circle of influence with other like-minded go-getters.
For now, until the app is released, take a piece of paper and write down your goals in big bold letters. Then, set aside even just 15 minutes on a Sunday to conduct some task-setting for the week. Write down 3-5 tasks per day that, if accomplished, will place you closer to reaching your goals. Make these pieces of paper the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you see before you go to sleep. You may find an immediate increase in productivity and motivation in reaching your goals.
4. Stay uncomfortable.
Getting too comfortable is undeniably one of the biggest issues for countless people today. Many people strive to get to a point where they are simply not embarrassed with their circumstances. They are not striving to get to a point where they could feel extremely proud with all that they’ve accomplished because this usually comes with hard work, dedication and risk. So, instead, they become comfortable and satisfied with making the finite amount of money they make and seeing the same routine over and over again that will only warrant them more of the same things they have and/or have the opportunity to do now. You will never come close to reaching your full potential if you remain within your comfort zone.
Limits were made to be broken. On the other side of these “limits,” which is no more than a term we humans have created to describe an action that simply has not been done yet, is beauty. Once you dedicate your time and energy to breaking free from your comfort zone, you may be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Avoid the trap of living your life on a treadmill at all costs. If you do what is easy, your life will be hard. But if you do what is hard and what is necessary, your life can be great.