By Ryan Jackson, serial entrepreneur & success coach
Some people dream of being a different person, possessing more things or having a different future – and yet what they aspire to remains an insubstantial dream. In order to achieve your business goals and improve your future self, a whole new approach to your beliefs and behaviour is required.
A vital tool to assist this is to be the person you want to become, to act ‘as if’ you are that person. It means changing your thought-processes and belief in yourself and in what is possible.
Acting ‘as if’ is a mind training technique used by some of the world’s most successful athletes, leaders and businesspeople. Basketball star Michael Jordan had a strong belief that he would become a world-class sportsman – and he acted like one, being highly disciplined and training determinedly to achieve his goal. When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades, he practiced walking like a statesman every day, ready to be a leader when he was released – as of course, he was.
In order to be the best, do what the best do. Model and replicate their thinking, behaviours, habits and strategies in order to emulate their success. Remember, we are all only human – so, if it’s possible for them, it’s possible for you.
- Feeling/touch: What will you feel, externally, when you have got what you wanted? (E.g. sunshine, luxurious textiles, etc.)? What will you feel internally (proud, happy, etc.)?
- Sound/hearing: What will you hear around you (people applauding, congratulating you, etc.)? And internally, what will you be telling yourself: ‘I did it!’ etc.
- Vision/sight: What will you see? What environment, objects or people will surround you?
- Taste & smell: We’ve all heard of the ‘taste of success’ and the ‘smell of success’ – is your imagination so good, you can use these senses, too, to build your image?
Having a dream or even a vision is nothing without a burning desire to achieve it. Be passionate about what you want to be, have or do – and you will be motivated to act. Feeling a strong emotional connection gives you the energy to move towards it. Emotion = e-motion towards your goal.
- Model behaviour
Research and analyse their thought processes and examine their daily habits or ritual behaviours. Think about: What their days consist of? What are their goals and values? What books do they read? Who are their mentors? What do they eat?
Not every single behaviour will be a mark of success, but some actions will be (e.g. getting up before dawn). See what you can utilise in your own life to accelerate your success.
- Choose your company
Look at those who are immediately within your circle. They are your sphere of influence in the sense that they are your current models for behaviour, values and lifestyle. Are they living the life and success you want? Outgrown relationships should not deter you from seeking more from life, so it might be time to shed those old ties.
Follow some of these steps and you will already have begun your journey to greater success. You will find it a life-changing experience.