Most people don’t achieve the goals they set out to achieve. It’s not because their goals are too high, it’s not because they don’t have enough money to make it happen, and it’s not because they aren’t smart enough or any other excuses you can think of. We as humans have limitless opportunity and can achieve just about anything we set our minds to. The way to get whatever you want in life is by committing yourself to one simple word: immersion.
Immersion: To involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest. That’s the technical definition, and, in layman’s terms, what immersion really means is to be ALL IN. In order to get what you want in life, you need to fully immerse yourself in every single factor that will play a role into you getting what you want.
Unfortunately, it’s human instinct to be hesitant when making decisions; thus, causing most of us to often look for an exit strategy, suffer from analysis paralysis or only be halfway in through the majority of situations in life. This is where failure lies. This is where both unhappiness and complacency live. Only putting forth 50% of your full potential in ANYTHING is a recipe for personal regression. You can be almost certain that you will never be the best at what you’re trying to do, and that you will never dominate your space operating at only 50% capacity. And how could you even expect to when someone else is out there putting in their everything? You will lose every single time.
With that being said, the fix for mediocrity is simple and it’s called immersion. So into what should you be immersing yourself? How do you go about this process? Here are a few things that the majority of successful people claim are a must when it comes to immersion:
1. Immersion in Content
Simple explanation: If you want to become a millionaire, immerse yourself in the day-to-day content that millionaires are actively putting out there for you. Study these people. Learn their habits and everyday strategies for success. What does a day in the life for the average millionaire look like?
Once you determine answers to all of these questions, begin to live your life as if you were already in their shoes and were already a millionaire. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “Fake it til’ you make it,” you know exactly what I’m talking about here. The quickest way to get where you want to be in life is to live your life as if you’re already in this position.
I’m talking work ethic, daily routine, what books are you reading if you were already a millionaire, what does your diet/exercise plan look like, are you watching television or are you constantly learning new skills? You need to make sure that every piece of external content you are absorbing is a positively influential factor in shaping you into the person you need to be to live the life you desire. Block out all the noise around you because there’s a lot of it. Channel your attention to drive results and only focus on those things that will move you forward on your path to success.
2. Immersion in People
Your circle of influence has never been more important. You truly are the product of the five people you spend the most time with in your life. If you hang around people who are lazy, unmotivated, comfortable with their current circumstances, pessimistic and any other negative trait you can imagine, guess what your life will start to look like? It’s simply inevitable that if your brain is constantly being fed with the output from negative people that it will be at least somewhat inhibited from expressing positivity and thus allowing you to reach your full potential.
Determine what exactly it is that you want to be in life. If you want to be an entrepreneur, surround yourself with entrepreneurs. If you’re working to become a financial adviser, surround yourself with successful financial advisers. You get the idea. There’s an old saying that goes something like, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with a team.” – Source unknown. There is strength in numbers, and by simply being around other like-minded people in your field of interest, you can come up with ideas that you may have never thought about had you been alone or even worse, with the wrong and negative people.
3. Immersion in the Journey
One of the biggest traits that almost all successful people share is that they knew from the start that success is a journey, and they still charged forward with relentless passion at the idea of conquering this intrepid journey! The tales of “get rich quick” schemes and overnight millionaire entrepreneurs are few and far between; if they’re even existent at all. Odds are you will not become a millionaire overnight after setting up a website and running a few Facebook ads. Unfortunately it is not this simple and quick. If it were easy, everyone would do it.
Train and prepare your mind to be focused for the long haul. The journey is what will make you into the person that you need to be so you can have the things that you want in life. When you start to enjoy the journey and view it from this perspective, your success won’t be a matter of “if,” rather, simply a matter of “when.”
4. Immersion in Your Vision
Every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to sleep, remind yourself of your vision. Where do you want to be in 5, 10, 20 years down the road? What does your life look like? In what positive ways have you changed following the journey you went through (the one you’re currently going through now)? It will ALL be worth it one day. If you make an effort to never forget why you’re working towards your goals, this strategy can work as jet fuel for you actually reaching them one day.
No matter what it is that you want in your life, you have to be all in to get it. No exit strategies, no hesitation, no excuses. Immerse yourself in everything and anything that will advance you on your journey to your personal definition of success, and never give up until you create the life you envision.