"That's what alchemists do... they show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too."
This is the third time that I have listened to the podcast with Lewis Howes and John Assaraf, who is one of the leading mindset experts in the world. Not only is this podcast particularly thought-provoking, but it has also inspired me with some blog post topics (yes, including this one). He has built and sold a number of different companies, and after retiring, he decided that he wanted to share the good, the bad, the ugly, the shameful, the challenges, and the victories. He said that he noticed so many people are standing on the edge of greatness, and he wanted to be a part of helping people by taking those leaps of faith towards greatness.
He says the first thing that holds people back is fear... fear of failure, fear of success, fear of embarrassment, fear of losing money, whatever that fear may be, it is holding them back from achieving what they dream of. The second thing that holds people back is discipline. And, discipline is what I want to focus on in this post because it's a mindset that goes far beyond what you may think of. John asks, "Can you teach discipline?"
People have talent, but it takes discipline to achieve what you're striving towards. When you pair up talent, the drive to do whatever it takes (even when you may not feel like it), and that burning passion that keeps you up at night thinking about how you can keep improving and working, that's when you know you can do anything.
So, can you teach it? I decided to test it out myself with a 100 day challenge. And, I'm starting small. With every decision that I make to complete my 100 Day Challenge I am building up thought patterns, emotional patterns, and eventually behaviors. I'm moving forward. I'm making that conscious effort to focus on one thing: write down my goals, every night, that I want to achieve the next day, and to write the three things I am grateful for.
I chose this task for a couple of reasons and obviously the first part deals with organization, but I also want to show myself that I can give myself a simple command and do it on the spot. Be conscious of my actions, and start stacking good habits. The second part of that deals with positivity. There is so much that I am grateful for, and I want to end every single day on a positive note-- to reflect on the amazing things that are happening in my life, to appreciate small wins, acknowledge the highlights of my day, think about the people most important to me, and to always remind myself to be humble.
Doing this challenge will help me retrain my brain and to create a foundation for all the other conscious efforts and actions I'll take to work towards my goals in life. I think this will help me keep that fire burning inside me to keep working hard, even when I don't want to, overcome challenges, push aside mediocracy, and ideally inspire others to pursue their own dreams.
I'm excited to start my Art of Awareness. I hope some of you decide to join me in your own 100 Day Challenge.