- THE MAGAZINE
In the January/February issue of ICS, I shared the “5 Levels of Becoming a Phenomenally Successful Person.” To briefly review, you were created to be phenomenal. But to be the person you were created to be, you’ve got to do some things differently before you can have the things you want to have in life and business.
The “5 Levels” are only relevant when you have a goal in mind. If it isn’t in context with a goal, it’s just a muse. So let’s take a look at a simple goal and how the levels work. Let’s say that I become aware that I should wash my truck every day. I think it’s a good idea, but I have to be willing to change my routine (or someone’s). Every day I’m focused on washing the truck. But then it rains, or it’s cold or I get busy. Whether I stay focused on it or not determines whether I move to Level 4. If I stay committed long enough, sooner or later it becomes habit and I’m in Level 5.
This was actually a realistic scenario for me. With 14 vehicles and a staff, I had to practice this habit before it became routine for my staff.
As a Level 5 producer, it doesn’t matter if it rains or snows, it’s a habit. It’s a system. We figure out a way to get it done. If you want to systematize your business, take out as many if’s and when’s as you can.
Step 1: Self-Awareness
How often do you think about what you’re thinking about? How often do you ask yourself, “Why am I feeling what I’m feeling?” And when it comes to habits, too often, we put our emotional blinders on. We won’t look at ourselves objectively because we may not like what we see. In order to change what you do, you must develop a curious, unemotional observation of your habits, thoughts and feelings.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Why do I do the things I do?
- Why do I feel the way I feel?
- Why do I think what I think?
Then think about what you want.
- Who do you want to be?
- What do you want to do?
- What do you want to have?
Self-awareness must have a context in order to be valuable. Using this process without the context of your dreams and goals, it’s just a muse. Perhaps an interesting exercise, but it doesn’t have much value in changing who you are or what you have. In order to make this valuable, be clear on the habits you want to change, and be clear on how you want to be different. Be clear on your goals.
The first law in John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth is the Law of Intentionality – Growth Doesn’t Just Happen. You’ve got to have a personal growth plan to move forward. The second law is The Law of Awareness – You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself.
Self-awareness allows you to focus on the truth, and the truth will set you free. You can’t move forward in this journey toward new habits until you face reality. Make a decision about what you really want. Make a decision about who you are. Don’t let the fear of where you want to go keep you from getting there.
Watch your actions closely. Listen to the words you use. Remember that you believe the things you say. Someone once said, “We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.” Zig Ziglar often said that his motivational speeches helped him as much as anyone else. He also said the reason it’s so important to be positive is because you are the one that spends the most time with you!
Be aware of your worldview. How do you value other people? Be aware of your view of God. How does that affect your actions? Be aware of what you think about yourself.
Step outside of yourself and…
- Become aware of your actions and habits.
- Become aware of your feelings.
- Become aware of your thoughts.
- Become aware of your words.
- Become aware of your results.
- Put in the context of your goals and dreams
A great way to see what you value and what you don’t is to keep a time log for 14 consecutive days. Simply write down everything you do each hour of the day from the time you get up until the time you go to bed. Do it in one-hour increments. Every hour just jot down what you were doing the past hour.
Over 14 days, your values will reveal themselves. You may see that you work on a lot of things you don’t really want to work on. You may find that you get distracted easily and spend a lot of time on things that don’t really matter that much. You might find you are investing a lot of time doing “$10 an hour work” that you can delegate to someone else.
The difference between phenomenally successful people and those who aren’t is what they do. Your habits determine what you do and what you don’t. Your habits are determined by what you actually believe. What you believe is your actual values (whether we like it or not!).
The Wheel of Life
A visual I have come to love is the “Wheel of Life.” I probably first learned it from Ziglar and it is a powerful tool in personal development. The reason I love it is because it not only gives you the picture of what your life can look like, it gives you a way of assessing where you are right now.
We talk about GPS a lot in our business coaching. GPS helps you get from where you are to where you want to go, but the first thing it has to do is determine where you are. On the Wheel of Life, you assess each of the seven core areas of life daily. The goal is 10 in each area.
Next time, I’ll share Level 2: Willing to Change. Until then, stay aware!
Here are the 5 Levels of Being Phenomenally Successful:
Self-Awareness: You step outside of yourself and become aware of your thoughts, feelings and habits. You become aware of a new idea or a new skill you want to develop. You become aware that a change is needed.
Willing To Change: The late Ralph Bloss always said, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” If you aren’t willing to change, you won’t grow. Period.
Controlled Attention: This level involved staying focused on the new habit or skill until it becomes part of your routine.
Commitment: At this level, you are more consistent, but if the pressure gets too great, you’ll be knocked off course.
Character: Level 5 is when you have truly become the person you want to be. Level 5 is when your habits and values have changed.
The 7 Core Areas Explained Personal: Your lifestyle, schedule, and personal goals.
Your relationship with family members (as it depends on you). Not their part, but yours.
Your ideal physical condition (as it depends on you) compared to where you are now.
Your relationship with God.
How successful you are in the area of money. It doesn’t mean being rich, but it does mean not being in debt, and being able to pay your obligations.
The knowledge you currently have compared to what you need to know to fulfill your mission and purpose in life.
The role you fulfill in your company. If you are the owner, do you fill the position of doer, manager or director? Or is your business turnkey? If you work for someone else, are you fulfilled in the work you do?
This is part 1 of an ongoing series. Click here to view part 2.