The #1 Success Trend I Discovered After Interviewing 20 Multi-millionaires

After interviewing multiple New York Times bestselling authors, over 20 multi-millionaires, and high achieving industry leaders, I have accidentally started to notice something quite interesting.  Trends. What do I mean by this? I listen for patterns as I interview my guests.  The most astounding discovery I have accidentally made is this trend shared by most all of them.  Despite their diverse backgrounds, these high achieving individuals all have one thing in common:  they understand themselves very well.  Developing self-awareness around every area of their life became a necessity.  After years of daily mastery, they understand themselves so well that they reach a level of subconscious understanding around their weak points. For most of these winners, it’s safe to say it didn’t start out as a subconscious preparation,  but in fact deliberate and calculated action.  What I’m trying to say is that these people reached extraordinary levels of achievement because they set themselves up to win by capitalizing on their strengths, and understood their weak points.
I listen for patterns as I interview my guests.
For example, let’s look at professional bodybuilder.  He does not always want to wake up early, prepare healthy meals, or go to the gym.  He knows this,  and to avoid pitfalls, he ensures his success ahead of time by preparing for and anticipating himself.  Many of you have heard the quote that says we sell ourselves more than anyone else.  We are masters at convincing ourselves and talking ourselves out of our own achievements.  This is usually do to ‘in the moment’ sabotage self talk like, “I worked hard yesterday, I’ll take a break today”.  Or, “I don’t feel like preparing a healthy meal tonight so I’ll grab some fast food.” Now let’s look at why the aforementioned bodybuilder succeeds.  His alarm goes off and he already has prepared his gym bag by filling it with his outfit, and water bottle.  This minimized his need to make any decisions in the moment of weakness (weakened will power) when he is just being rocked awake by his obnoxious alarm.  Dinner comes around, he is tired from a day of working hard and does not have energy to cook.  He knew he would be tempted to skip cooking after a long day, and he prepared for it ahead of time.  He drives past the fast food restaurant because he knows he has 6 dinners prepared for the week.  He spent Sunday afternoon setting up some meals for the week for this exact reason.
Don’t get me wrong, I always had an “epic” excuse… ha!
This type of ‘setting myself up to win’ discipline is a trend I am seeing among my guests.  When I first started this journey of entrepreneurship, I was discouraged by the fact that many of the habits I noticed in my own life were not conducive to my success in life.  Don’t get me wrong, I always had an epic excuse… ha!  I was using the incorrect thought that I had to have supreme will power abilities to achieve more, as an excuse and cop-out to take less responsibility and less action.  But I noticed a trend, and the truth is, high achievers simply have a higher self-awareness and low sense of ego when it comes to their own weak points.  This allows them to win consistently in life because they understand how to SET THEMSELVES UP TO WIN in advance.  It’s almost never in a moment of weakness. I hope this post will encourage anyone reading it who is just like me in my amazement at this discovery.  It was encouraging to know that I don’t have to be a super human mutant in order to achieve my goals and remain consistent in my pursuits.  I simply have to understand and acknowledge my faults, work to improve them, but ultimately not even give my weak points a chance to sabotage my long term efforts.  Hacking my own flaws, so to speak. Recommended reading that addresses this topic in more detail:The power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey “Do More Better” by Tim Challies   *Disclaimer: my book recommendations do not necessarily imply that I agree with all the ideas or beliefs of the author, the author’s work, or their book’s contents, but that I learned some invaluable lessons through reading them.  Always read with discernment, and at your own discretion.

Recommended reading that addresses this topic in more detail:

The power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg

7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey

Do More Better” by Tim Challies

*Disclaimer: my book recommendations do not necessarily imply that I agree with all the ideas or beliefs of the author, the author’s work, or their book’s contents, but that I learned some invaluable lessons through reading them.  Always read with discernment, and at your own discretion.

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