Note from Josh: I had this guest post submitted to me a few days ago and wasn’t sure I was comfortable running it. Ted speaks very highly of me, in a way that is only possible by someone who doesn’t know me as well as he thinks he does. I do not officially advocate “following in my footsteps” in any way, although if you choose to do something that I say works for me, and then you have success with it–well, I’m truly happy for you. And you are welcome to steal my ideas if they actually help you. I finally decided to run this post, rather than having Ted post it on his own blog, because he is taking on a couple of pretty cool projects of his own that are linked to in this post. If I decide to run parts 1 and 3, it will be because I have buffered it out with a 10,000 word post about everything that is wrong with me. That said, Thanks Ted!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Josh briefly reviewed the 7 habits of highly effective people. This is not a rehash of that post. This is an outsider’s view of how Josh applied the principles he found there to achieve dominance, and what we can do to follow in his footsteps.
Not surprisingly, 7 Habits have, well 7 Habits. But we can make 3 rough habit groups. 1) Master yourself, 3) Master your interactions and 3) Continuous Improvement. I’ll cover the first group of three habits in this post.
The first three habits are all about making personal mental changes. That seems as good a spot as any to get started.
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Is Josh proactive? The dude posts, like, every day. He’s got a single-minded devotion to his goals. He didn’t sit around waiting to become a success, he plugged away and away until he got there. Whether it was marathon guest posting or starting the World’s Strongest Book club, Josh creates opportunities rather than waiting for them to happen.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Josh rarely shares his goals with others. In general, when he announces a new venture, it’s fairly vague. ‘I’m going to guest post until I can guest post no more.’ Or, ‘I’m going to write book reviews until my eyes fall out.’ But don’t let that fool you. Perhaps he focuses on a certain desired outcome for some goals. Perhaps he focuses on a certain practice that he wants to follow.After reading his latest experiment, I am certain that Josh begins each phase of his projects with a definitive end in mind.
Do you have clear and definitive goals? If not, could you borrow some from Josh? (I’m shamelessly stealing his guest posting experiment right now!)
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Quick quiz: What came first, the chicken or the egg?
My own personal feeling is that answer depends on what you really wanted. If you want omelets, the chicken did (to hatch an egg for your breakfast.) If you wanted a taco, the egg did to hatch the chicken to be eventually smothered in pico de gallo and taco-ized.
Either way, we live in a universe that tends to follow distinct laws of causality. Want to deadlift 500lbs? You have to put in the work. Want to write a novel? You have to get your ideas down on paper. Want to have a kick-ass blog? You have to write consistently and well. Spending time on ancillary activities is nice, but not mandatory. Shopping for new gym clothes, ‘researching ideas’, and tweeting are all ‘nice-to-haves.’ And they mean less than nothing if you don’t take care of the mandatory items first.
How have you taken steps to master yourself and take responsibility for your success?
About the author:
When not lancing at windmills, Ted runs Beverly Supplements.com. Want to be a natural bodybuilder, figure, fitness, or bikini competitor? Check out Beverly International for free diet, training, and competition tips!
PS: While we’re talking about habits, and the number 7, you might enjoy this 7 Habits of Highly Effective People review.