In today’s age when we want to get anywhere, we pull out our smartphones and punch in a destination on Google Maps and boom..like magic it tells us step-by-step where we want to go. Easy really, we input X and we get to X.
While our generation has become largely accustomed to the programming of software leading to input to output parallel, for some reason a large percentage of us have COMPLETELY missed the boat when it comes to applying it to our internal GPS.
Most of us have a destination: “I want to start a billion dollar company” or “ I want the body of a Greek God” Or “ I want to be famous” but when it comes to programming our destination, we program it to watch Netflix every night, stuff our faces with fast food, or spending 0 time educating ourselves. How the hell, short of divine intervention, do you expect to ever reach your destination if it’s programmed for failure?
Not reaching your goals? Start over by programming yourself to actually achieiving them.
Here’s my challenge to all the readers of this blog. Go draw a table. On the left write down your goal, on the right down the actions that will get you there. Now on another block, write down the actions YOU are taking to get you there. If you notice that your actions and the actions you’re supposed to take are misaligned, you’ve programmed yourself for failure; you’ve got the wrong software running and you will 100% fail.
I’ll give an illustration. Due to the nature of my job, people ask me about starting their own business. To be a successful entrepreneur/small business owner, you have to be a producer. The more value you produce for your customer, the more successful you’ll become. However, when I analyze these people’s lives, they live like consumers. They spend almost all their free time watching Netflix (consuming), going out to eat or for drink (consuming), buying tickets to conferences (consuming), or hanging out with the girls/dudes (consuming). If they spend all their day consuming, their internal GPS is in NO WAY programmed to be a successful entrepreneur, which requires a value set of producing. So right from the bat, they’re set up for failure.
In life, most people already give two shits about you and are probably rooting for you to fail. If you want even the slightest stab at making it in this world, you’ve got to fend for yourself and you’ve got to believe in your goal. But if you’re also setting yourself up for failure, then what odds are there left for you to succeed?