LRS 027: Why You’re Not Born to Live an Ordinary Life 89

Why You’re Not Born to Live an Ordinary Life - The Let's Reach Success Podcast

Today I’ll talk about something I can’t stand, and that’s ordinary life. Unfortunately, we live in a world full of mediocrity, with people who choose not to follow their dreams, get things done and live adventurously, but instead do average stuff all day and complain about not having different results.

But you’re not born to live this way. You have so much to show to the world, but have to get out of your comfort zone to build the skills and develop the mindset needed to get there.

Ordinary life won’t make you happy.

In fact, it will give you an illusion of security, nothing new will ever happen, you’ll become negative and stressed, and will one day realize you’re miserable.

While at the same time, there will be so many people out there who dared to aim higher and to put in the work and time necessary to make their vision a reality. And if you’re living an average life, you may start blaming, making excuses, procrastinating, avoiding the thought of a better life, and so on. That’s the prison of being ordinary. It’s easier to forget about the fact that there’s more to life than the mundane lifestyle. Until you remember it again…

I consider today’s episode a powerful one.

It can either open your eyes for the mediocrity around you, and motivate you to take action to set and follow goals that will lead you to greatness. That’s what I’m hoping for.

But what I’m about to discuss in the show this week may also make you feel bad. In this case, it’s possible that you’re realizing there’s a lot work that needs to be done and a lot more to be sacrificed to make changes in your life and yourself.

You know you want it, but you know you can’t find the willpower and discipline to get up every day and work on what you believe in, without seeing results in the beginning. And that’s why you may feel bad when I talk about the ideal lifestyle and reaching success in any area. You know it’s possible, but you may also disappoint yourself again by saying no to true happiness and yes to mediocrity.

Anyways, let’s see where this will take you by checking out episode 27 of The Let’s Reach Success Podcast, where I’ll talk about why you’re not born to live an ordinary life and what it takes to stop being average.

Show Notes:

  • What does regular life look like and why are so many people good at being average [2:56]
  • Something you’ll always keep asking yourself if you stay average [5:09]
  • How living an ordinary life prevents you from finding and following your passion [6:37]
  • Examples of how average people seek happiness in outer sources [9:12]
  • Why society wants you to indulge in bad behaviors [10:50]
  • How to recognize mediocrity [12:42]
  • How to be average and follow the conventional path [13:52]
  • The result of being average [16:44]
  • Another way to live life [17:08]

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Action Steps:

  1. Have an honest conversation with yourself and define what’s ordinary about you and your life.
  2. Take the decision to do something about it today.
  3. Create a personal development plan, set specific goals, create a vision of how you want your life to look like in the near future, turn that into daily lists of easy action steps.
  4. Don’t share that with others in your life so that they won’t try to talk you out of it.
  5. When you feel like you’re avoiding change, doing your old habits again and looking for an easy solution to anything, stop and ask yourself ‘is this really what you want, is this the best you can do, what about the potential inside and all that you can achieve and contribute to the world?’

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So what’s so average about the things you do? Are you living an ordinary life? And do you often feel like you’re born to do better than that?

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How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off 22

How I Finally Managed to Focus and Got to Work without Putting It Off

Here are the things that helped me find focus and finally get to work:

Tip #1 Write it down.

When I say write it down I mean that whatever you want to do on the day or even the night before for the following day. Simply write exactly down what you want to do/achieve. This simple tip alone is almost like flicking a switch in your brain to do it.

Simply writing down your goals and your plans not only makes you think about the goals and the steps that you need to do to achieve them. Sometimes this can be a great way to realize exactly what you want and get you thinking of things you perhaps hadn’t thought of prior.

Not only this but there have been countless studies done showing that writing something down with greatly improve the chances of it coming to fruition than not writing it down at all.

The great thing about this is that it can be literally applied to many areas of like. You can write down your long-term goals or you can write down what you plan to do for the next day.

I, personally, do it every night after I am long finished with my work for that day. I set aside 5-10 minutes for writing down what I want to do tomorrow. The act itself cements it in your brain.

This is also a great way to help with procrastination. It’s almost like holding yourself accountable for it which I will get into more in my next point.

Tip #2 Hold yourself accountable.

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Holding yourself accountable to an overall goal or target can be an excellent way to actually push yourself to that point where you get to work consistently.

For example, let’s say I want to lose some weight and be on a particular diet to achieve that goal. Telling your friends and family that you are doing it makes you more accountable than doing it alone.

Your friends/family will often follow up with you about your progress. This is a constant kick up your ass to keep working towards your goal. Also, doing things like posting it on Facebook or somewhere where people can engage with you and follow your progress is great.

Ideally, having an accountability partner would be the best option for this.

An accountability partner and you would usually be moving towards the same goal and would constantly encourage each other to get to work. Most importantly, you two will be accountable for your actions!

A great way to find such like-minded people is through social media. For example when I work on my blog FlipFlopsandAppleSauce, I have a artner that is also running a blog. We both set goals on how often we publish content to hold each other accountable. It works extremely well.

Tip #3 Don’t be focused on results.

Don’t put pressure on yourself if you aren’t achieving your goals as quickly as you want.

Let’s say you have an online business and you want to make $1000 a month in profit. Instead of focusing on how much money you are currently making, look at what steps you need to take to get to that $1000. The more of these you take, the sooner you will get there.

Tip #4 Concentrate on today.

 

Some people are always thinking of long-term objectives. That’s not a problem, but you should always try to break down your goals into smaller, easier steps. Then, dedicate each day to working towards completing these steps.

Not only does that make things simpler and easier to manage, but it also puts less stress and pressure on you in the long run and will undoubtedly save you lots of time.

Tip #5 Let it become a habit.

Once you get into a routine, doing some of the more tedious things won’t be as much of a problem. Because at the beginning, you had to make a more conscious effort to make them happen. But once something becomes a habit through use of constant repetition, it becomes 10 times easier to do it.

After doing something consistently for 20 days in a row, it will start to become a habit.

So, if you are doing something that you don’t enjoy 100% to work towards your goal, it would be a great idea to challenge yourself for 3 weeks. Make it a habit, because, beyond that initial 3 weeks, things should only become easier.

#Tip 6 Think goals, not hours.

Some people say ‘I want to work 5 hours on this today’. In my opinion, this is not a solid mentality to have.

People who work with that in mind tend to draw out what they are working out to achieve that time target, which usually isn’t helpful at all. Not only that, but it lowers overall productivity.

I like to set steps that I want to do on that exact day. I have a clearer target that isn’t limited or restricted by time in this case.

Also, once you have finished what you set out to do for that day, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. Which for me, is an amazing feeling that keeps me coming back for more!

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David Gray is an entrepreneur that loves marketing. This “career” path allows him the freedom that he truly craves in his life.