Everyone is flawed. No single person has every answer.
Success, as a process, comes from learning as much as you can. As you figure out what your weak points are and correct them, you will become better. Your patterns will get more efficient. You’ll get more done in less time. Finally, your patterns will change.
Over the past few months I have had certain goals– different ones than I usually have for a totally different kind of project. All of these goals are things I have never really done before, and I wasn’t sure how to achieve them.
It was during a meeting a while back that it clicked. I was too stuck in my own patterns and making decisions based on my own worldview. As Bruce Lee would have said, my prison was my own ideas. I needed a change.
Here is how I did it.
Today’s homework is to make decisions, for at least one day, as if you were a totally different person.
Find someone you admire. You may not like everything about them, but in at least one capacity, find someone you feel does things right.
Take the quality you like about them and, in that quality, act exactly like they do.
Here are two examples of ways I have done this recently– but you can use this for anything.
One guy I know is amazing at connecting people, and I needed to meet more people, more often. So I set myself two goals– one, to meet two people every day, and two, to connect others as often as possible.
One of the advantages of this being a person you know is that you can literally text them– as I did, often, and ask– “hey, how would you behave in this situation?”
Turns out, this works. They answer the text, and they dictate the behaviour. You change your pattern as a result.
A second quality I wanted to emulate was to be more aware of my spending, and I had recently been reading a book about John D. Rockefeller Sr, Titan. (Ryan Holiday also recommends this one.) One of his primary attributes was to carry around a book in which he recorded all of his spending– even though he was wealthier than almost anyone around him. So I started doing this with the Traveling Salesman Field Notes edition. It works.
Do this today.
Choose someone. Act like them. It really is that easy.