How to Improve Any Aspect of Your Life
Do you regularly spend some time thinking about how your life could be better? Why not rate each aspect on a one-to-ten scale? Then you can focus on the parts that need attention the most.
However, as a self-improvement aficionado, perhaps you’ve already tried rating the different areas of your life. And even when the lower-rated areas of your life were improved, maybe they only got as good as a six or a seven at best. The good news is they don’t have to stay stuck there forever!
Analyze Your Approach
When parts of your life get stuck, the issue is frequently the approach. Any strategy has a maximum result, and the techniques that draw most people will never get them above a five-to-seven range. For example, strict adherence to a marginal exercise program won't get you to swimsuit model status.
No matter how perfectly the strategy is implemented, your results from that strategy can only take you to a certain level.
In many instances, starting back at the beginning is what's needed. Professional golfers occasionally get stuck in their progress and completely redo their swing. For a while, they’re stuck at what they consider to be a two-three level, but frequently they are then able to push through and finally reach a ten with a new strategy.
Even with a more effective strategy, you might feel that it will take too long to get to a ten from a six. Yes, it can take some time, but the time is going to pass anyway, so it might as well be spent improving. Spend that time growing and seeing what you can become.
Consider these important points as you evaluate your approach to growing any area of your life:
What is a ten? The first step is to consider what a ten actually is. What does a ten look like to you? If you're dealing with income, is it $200,000 a year? Is it $1 million a year with less than 20 hours of work a week? You’ll only get where you’re going if you know your destination.
Set goals to move toward that perfect ten. Now that you know where you're going, get started on the journey. Be aggressive but smart. As long as you keep moving forward, it's impossible to fail.
Evaluate your progress. If your path isn’t working, do something else. Seek a different strategy and change your approach. When things are working, keep going.
What Happens When You Reach Your Ten?
When you reach your ten, you’ll realize that your original six was actually a three or a four, based on your new perspective. The truth is that a true ten is way, way out there. Realizing how big a ten really is shows you how much higher you can go as you reach each milestone! You’re far more capable than you may have imagined!
And it never ends. A billionaire has far more money than he could spend in ten lifetimes, but he still feels the need to see if he’s capable of more. Being fixed in one spot is never satisfying for long. The pleasure is in the progress and experience, not in staying at some milestone.
Ultimately, the amount of fulfilment you feel is proportional to the amount of action you’re taking. So get out there and do as much as you can. A ten is certainly within your reach... but then again, a ten that's attained doesn't stay a ten for long as you reach even further!
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- Mike Acker
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