Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
– Vince Lombardi
One of my five keys to success goes like this: “It’s time to fall off the wagon. You need an addiction.” When you hear the word “addiction,” most of you immediately think of something harmful; a dependence on something that has adverse consequences. But step back from that belief for a moment. You see, an addiction can be something else. One of the definitions Merriam-Webster dictionary (merriam-webster.com) provides for an addiction goes like this: “An unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something.” Now replace the word “something” with another word that, once obtained, attained, or achieved will take your life to an incredibly positive, new height. For example, you might use the word “success” or “happiness.” Now how does that definition read for you? Think: “I have an unusually great interest in success.” Or perhaps, “I have a need to do success.” Or “I have an unusually great interest in happiness.” And even, “I have a need to have happiness.” Talk about some powerful magic spells!
The challenge is that just saying these words is not enough to create a habit (an addiction) of success or happiness (using my earlier examples). You actually have to exert effort. That’s right, you have to work to create your ritual. They don’t happen on their own (or if they do they don’t run the course you would like them to). The good news is that creating such an addiction is really quite easy. In fact, you’ve been creating addictions your entire life – you just haven’t given the process much concentration. Take a moment and think about how you get dressed in the morning. How about the way you brush your teeth? If you drive to work, have you been following the same path for so long there are times when you get to work and don’t remember even driving there? In fact, you have so many unmindful addictions/rituals/patterns that I recently posted in one of my Shadow Thoughts that: “Every day should be a new day. Why do yours keep repeating? Figure that out and you will be unstoppable.”
So how do you move from your current state of mind to being addicted to success? Here are the three steps for creating the mindset you desire:
CREATING AN ADDICTION TO SUCCESS
STEP ONE. Make a commitment to your addiction. If you don’t want a craving for success then just stop right now and go back to your old way of thinking and believing. If, on the other hand, you want success to be an inseparable part of your life theme, then this is where you invest your intention, attention, heart, and soul. All you have to do is dedicate yourself to being addicted to success. Yes, it all starts with that simple and sincere pledge – a firm intention – to have success, think success, and do success. Consecrate yourself to this goal and even as you read this the concept of being, doing, and having success starts to embed itself into your way of thinking.
STEP TWO. Create an affirmation or magic spell that sums up the state of mind you must have. Here are a few you might consider adopting:
“I am what I repeatedly do. Success is my habit.” (Based on a quote from Aristotle)
“Because I dream it, I can do it.” (Based on a quote from Walt Disney)
“I’m crazy enough to know that I can change the world.” (Based the ad by Apple)
Your own magic spell can change periodically, by the way. All that is really important is that you come up with a saying that stirs you to your very core.
STEP TWO. Find a simple, everyday trigger that forces you to think about your magic spell for success. A trigger is anything that you can associate with your new and powerful way of thinking. How about using some of the following triggers:
1. Each time you put on your right shoe.
2. Each time you brush your teeth.
3. Each time you start to brush/comb/fix your hair.
4. Each time you take your first drink of water for the day.
As you can see, nearly anything can serve as your trigger. I recommend starting off with two triggers – one in the morning and one in the evening. Here’s how it works. Let’s suppose you use putting on your right shoe as the trigger. When you start to put that right shoe on, you simply repeat your magic spell at the same time. Don’t dismiss this as too simplistic. This is the key to making all positive addictions so powerful.
STEP THREE. Keep using the trigger/magic spell combination until repeating your magic spell is second nature. Remember, this is all about creating an addiction. That means you have to ruminate over your success spell and turn it into a ritual.
These three steps get you in the right frame of mind. You still need to start creating a habit of DOING success, as well. Become a master at using these initial building blocks, first. Then, you can use the same technique for creating an even more powerful success ritual process that includes the DOING part. Remember, you are creating an intent, capturing a trigger, and then committing to generating a new habit for accomplishing what you want.
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