How To Build Extraordinary Habits That Will Make You Rich, Fit, & Focused
Want to make millions? Then start acting like a millionaire.
Want to be fit? Then act like a powerlifter.
Want to be focused? Then act like you have an extraordinary knack for focusing.
The most fundamental truth about developing new habits — habits that can literally turn you into a millionaire — is to first act like it. Act like the thing you want to be. Once you start acting successful, success will take care of itself — even if you don’t feel like you’re succeeding.
Of course (as a particularly cheeky reader once told me), if you act like a millionaire when you’re broke — spending extravagantly and lavishly — you’re just going to stay broke. Duh.
I’m not saying results will happen overnight — they never do. But acting “as if” you are the thing you want to be will eventually become reality. It doesn’t matter if you’re broke or overweight or lazy. Big things come from small choices. And anyone can “act” like the thing they want to be, no matter where they are in life.
Want to make millions, be extremely fit, and live with extraordinary focus and discipline?
Then you need to start making better habits. Keep reading to find out how.
As a Man Thinks, So He Is.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is from James Allen, an old American author:
“As a man thinketh, so he is. As he continues to think, so he remains.”
What you think becomes reality. Therefore, your thoughts and beliefs have tremendous power over your future. And the real scary part?
Most people are not headed in a good direction.
The truth is, most people don’t believe they’re capable of being truly extraordinary. Traditional wisdom dictates that only some people — the Beyonce’s and LeBron James’ and Bill Gates’ of the world — are “special,” and you are not. Sorry. You don’t have the “x-factor.” Sucks.
This is tragically small thinking. You could become pretty much anything you want. Why? Because you control the level of intensity and quantity of your practice. You could master foreign languages, complex software, and self-discipline in a very small amount of time.
Nevertheless, many people still cling onto tradition as tightly as a drowning man clings to a life preserver. People don’t want to believe they’re capable of extraordinary things, mainly because of the harsh reality that would follow: the fact that they’ve been living far below their potential for a long time.
As you think, so you are. As you continue to think, so you will remain.
Who do you think you are? What do you think you’re capable of?
“Success is not determined so much by the size of one’s brain as it is by the size of one’s thinking.” -David Schwartz
I can tell you that the world’s most extraordinary people typically have an extraordinary sense of self-belief, even in the face of incredible obstacles. In his book Tools of Titans, Tim Ferris interviews dozens of the world’s most influential actors, entrepreneurs, writers, leaders, and creatives. He said that they all had several things in commons, including turning their weaknesses into advantages.
How many people do you know who use their weaknesses as an excuse?
If you want to develop extraordinary habits and behaviors that will literally make you millions of dollars, your first step is simple:
Upgrade your beliefs.
Start thinking you’re better. Start acting like it.
Decades after he had become the #1 actor in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote:
“The only way you become a leading man is to treat yourself like a leading man, and work your ass off.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger
Start treating yourself like a leading man/woman.
How to Permanently Change Any Behavior and Evolve Into the BestVersion of Yourself
“When you build a habit, you don’t have to spend mental energy deciding what to do.” -David Kadavy
Imagine an alcoholic who knows she needs to stop drinking. So, she vows to not drink the entire day. But she tells herself she can drink for 5 minutes at the end of the day, as a reward.
The entire day, that little treat — the cheat meal, the sugary coffee, a little porn, a little drugs — hangs over your head. That’s all you can think about. In a twisted way, the source of the problem actually becomes the source of motivation.
Giving yourself this little out makes the process of quitting 100x harder.
98% is harder than 100%.
If you want to truly change any behavior, you need to let go of this idea of “98%” and commit to 100%.
You need to stop dabbling and actually commit. You need to be consistent.Otherwise, you’ll always be wasting energy trying to motivate yourself.
Most people dabble. They promise they’ll be good, but they leave themselves an out. This little safety net is a powerful message to their mind that says, “I probably can’t do this task.”
This message becomes incredibly powerful in your subconscious. Author David Schwartz described it like this: “Disbelief is negative power. When the mind disbelieves or doubts, the mind attracts reasons to support the disbelief.”
On the other hand, he says, “Belief, strong belief, triggers the mind to figure out ways and means how to.”
Alcoholics Anonymous describes how many new alcoholics often “hide bottles,” saving away secret booze as they pretend to look sober. To the outside observer, there’s no more alcohol. But it’s a lie.
You are more powerful than you think. You don’t need hidden bottles and safety nets.
You’ll be OK. The process of evolving in a better version of yourself feels like you’re literally killing off parts of you.
The truth is, you are. But that’s OK — you’re killing off the old so the new can thrive.
“Success is measured by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” -David Schwartz
Changing One Part of Your Life Affects Every Other Part
“A man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied doing wrong in any other department.” -Gandhi
The smallest improvements in even one area of your life has ripple effects.
Change creates momentum, always.
Positively changing one part of your life, even just a little bit, creates powerful momentum. The key is utilizing this momentum to leverage a little bit more change, every day.
Said David Kadavy:
“Every day, check these 4 boxes: Have I improved 1% on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health?”
The more you improve, the more you want to improve.
The more you learn, the more you discover what else you need to learn.
The smallest evolutions are addicting. There is great power in knowing you are a better version today than you were yesterday. Imagine what you’ll be tomorrow?
The past month, I’ve spent every hour of my free time into creating my first ever online course on behavioral change, a dream I’ve had for 5 years.
And boy, it was hard as hell. I’ve spent hours going back-and-forth with tech support across multiple platforms, solving problems I still don’t understand.
But the course is finally live (you can learn more by subscribing at the end). And a few nights ago, I was laying in bed, marveling at the new evolution I had become.
Before, I was just a “writer.” I had no technical skills to speak of, and I truly didn’t believe I would be able to do the things I had done this month.
Now, I’m a new evolution. I’m a businessman. I’ve (kinda) mastered the tech needed for me to reach my next series of goals.
If you don’t know where to start, that’s fine. It doesn’t even matter where you start — only that you do.
In the words of Jim Collins in his book Good to Great, “Good-to-great transformations never happen in one fell swoop. There is no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment.”
I promise you — you can evolve into a better version of yourself by tomorrow.
It just starts with a little change in one area.
“When we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set in motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist our cause. Serendipity reinforces our purpose.” -Steven Pressfield
Want to make millions?
Do you want consistently be in flow states of hyper-focus?
Then create better habits. Your success stems from the small choices you make today, and you have control over what habits you choose to do.
In his wonderful book Essentialism, Greg Mckeown wrote, “Focusing on the essentials is a choice. It is your choice. That is in itself incredible liberating.” You choose what you do each day with your habits and behaviors.
Start choosing better choices, and a better life will happen automatically.
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