There are many different types of people in this world, and that's a great thing, because think of how boring life would be if we were all the same. When it comes to getting things done though, I find that there are usually only two types of people: 1. Those who write lists of things to do & 2. Those who either wing it or just know what needs to be done.
I am definitely the first type of person. I love writing things to do lists, and feel a great sense of satisfaction in scratching off the things on my list.
I have realized though, through studying myself and what motivates me to be productive, that we have become a society that is overly focused on accomplishing things. Now don't get me wrong, we need to be a functioning world that gets things done, but times have definitely changed. As I heard someone mention just yesterday, we've gone from a world where the word priority has gone from singular to plural. Now we have lives filled with priorities.
We continue to fill our plates with the things we believe need to be done to be successful, to the point that we are living in a constant state of overwhelm. What if we reframed how we thought about achievement. What if we shifted our thinking patterns away from "What we needed to do" to "Who we needed to be"?
Life has shown many situations where people have done the things that they believed they needed to do to be successful and happy, but yet it seemed to elude them. Why? What makes one person effective, where another person falls short? This is the perfect opportunity for us to stop, push back from the table, and look at our lives with a new perspective.
We are now over a month and a half into the new year. Many of you sat down and thought about the goals that you wanted to achieve this year in your life, but you gave little thought about the person that you needed to become. Don't feel bad, you definitely aren't the only one. This isn't something that we are taught to focus on.
If you are one of the many people who said they wanted to lose weight, and decided you needed to eat healthier and get more exercise, that's fantastic. You know that steps you need to take, but who did you need to become? What if you became someone who was focused, committed, willing to seek out assistance and support if necessary? Would those qualities make achieving your weight loss goal easier?
If you wanted to develop a side hustle or build your business to new levels, who did you need to become? Did you need to become someone who was committed to putting in extra hours, someone who was more disciplined with their time, someone who was eager to learn how others that were successful in your industry achieved their success? Did you need to become a student of success, and did you need to develop a greater sense of resilience?
Becoming successful in any area of your life and to any degree isn't a mysterious secret that is kept hidden from the majority of the world. Decide first who you need to be to achieve your goals, and then become that person. Design a "WHY" big enough that will keep you focused on who you need to become, and then write your To Do List.
Remember, it is said that success is not a doing process, it is a becoming process and you are less defined by what you achieve, but who you become in the process.
As the brilliant Jim Rohn said perfectly "Success is not to be pursued, it is to be attracted by the person you become!"
So today choose to start becoming who you need yourself to be!