In this episode, we will discuss the importance of evolving as a person as you become successful over time.
As we have discussed in previous podcasts, success isn’t just about having a big bank account. Many people with lots of money have horrifically unhappy and radically imbalanced lives. Success is about continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and your relationships with others.
So why won’t most people be successful? Why don’t most people evolve?
The more evolved you become, the more elevated becomes your thinking, behavior, expectations, and standards.
Becoming evolved means:
You no longer major in minor things — As Jim Rohn said, “A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.”
You are intentional about every moment of every day — even when that means being fully unplugged and present with your loved ones.
You know that you become the product of what surrounds you and who you interact with every day.
You know that everything you put in your mind and body shapes the person you become — As Zig Ziglar said, “Your input determines your outlook. Your outlook determines your output, and your output determines your future.”
You realize that your behaviors shape your personality and identity — therefore you recognize that EVERY CHOICE YOU MAKE signals to yourself the type of person you are.
Balancing the few essentials
The more successful you become — which is balancing the few essential things (spirituality with your God, relationships with those most important to you, your physical and mental fitness and financial well-being) in your life and removing everything else — the less you can and will justify low quality. Lets be real; accepting “just ok” leads to a low level of quality in your life. Its that simple.
Before you evolve as a person and accept “just ok” as the norm:
You can reasonably spend time with just about anyone
You can eat just about anything put in front of you
You can waste time on just about anything to fill up your time
You can justify having terrible evenings because you don’t have anything meaningful to wake-up for anyways
So, as your vision for yourself expands
A quote from Wayne Dwyer, a truly beautiful person and a great life philosopher of our generation – “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
As your image of the future you expands; you realize you have to make certain adjustments. You need to cut back on spending all of your time and effort on crap that doesn’t benefit you in your evolution as a person.
So, as you become more successful and evolve as a person:
The less you can justify low quality the higher your standards become for yourself — As Tony Robbins said, “Remember in life we get what we tolerate! Where in your life is it time to draw the line in the sand and say no more! To yourself? To others?”
The more you value your time — and how that time is spent. When you’re at work, you’re 100% at work. When you’re at home, you’re 100% at home.
You are no longer willing to work on a time clock (this type of work is a thing of the past). Instead, you only work and get paid for what results you produce.
You apply the 80/20 rule in all you do. You only focus on those things that produce the best outcomes, and you ignore all else.
You get the best mentoring.
You work when your energy levels and brain-power are peaked, which for most people is during the first 3 hours of their day.
You’re totally unplugged spending quality time with your friends and family.
You’re investing more and more into your self-improvement. You get to the point where 20% of your time is spent working, and the other 80% is spent either learning or resting.
You’re continually upgrading your mindset, mentorships, skills, abilities, and income.
Your life and your identity are a product of your choices. Your personality doesn’t shape who you are. Your behaviors shape who you are.
You put yourself into environments that force you to rise to new standards. Said historian Will Durant, “I think the ability of the average man could be doubled if it were demanded. If the situation demanded.”
You surround yourself with people who have higher standards than you do. Your input shapes your mindset and worldview, which shapes your output. That output creates opportunities for the future.
So, as you increasingly become successful, evolve as a person, continually improve your world around you, and as you consistently make better and better choices, your identity changes. Your environment changes. Your confidence and abilities change. You begin taking on much bigger goals. You begin recognizing and appreciating how far you’ve come. You begin collaborating with brilliant people. You transform yourself over and over, all the while continually going deeper and deeper into your “why.”
Lets be real, most people won’t be successful. Most people won’t evolve and progress. But you will. You know it, and you can feel it. You’ve already begun. And every day, you’re taking one step closer.
Soon enough, you’ll fully commit to being who you know you can be. Once you pass that point of no return, nothing will stop you.
I leave you with a quote to consider that sums up this podcast as we all work to become successful and evolve as the persons we ultimately wish to become:
“Some souls leave behind a trail of light that is never forgotten”. Muses from a Mystic