“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; make the iron hot by striking.”
There are three ways people change.
Usually the person is experiencing a symptom of some kind (like being overweight), or has a desire to do something like make more money.
The first type, are merely try to change it by willing themselves to.
They say they’re gonna go to the gym more, or start a new business. But there’s no real plan so they don’t gain very much traction and eventually it’s status quo and the whole idea is history.
This is what happens to most new year’s resolutions, for example.
The second type will have a breakthrough of some kind.
This is usually something external. They get a stern warning from their doctor about the health consequences of their current lifestyle. They get fired from their jobs. And of course you hear stories of people who say when they lost their job, they thought it was the worst thing ever, but it was a blessing in disguise because it forced them to go start the business they’ve always wanted to.
And as a trainer, I’d often get people who had a recent health scare or bad diagnosis. They’d commit to a program, go through a period of what I call massive re-organization, but they soon find themselves in a “new normal” or plateau. They’re definitely better off, but they never really take it any further. They’re the person who needed to 70 pounds, but lost 20 and never really made past there.
Then there’s a third type. This type might experience the initial breakthrough or not. But they find a way, at every plateau, to do the reorganization stage so they can keep progressing. They keep finding new ways of reinventing their lifestyle until they achieve total transformation. They lose 50, 60, or a hundred pounds. They go on to build huge businesses from scratch.
So what’s the person in the third category doing that the others are not?
They are in fact orchestrating their own breakthroughs.
They’re reversing the order of breakthrough and organization. By not waiting for a breakthrough, but instead consistently doing re-organization, they’re taking charge of their own transformational destiny. They’ve hired a business coach. They’ve committed the first hour of every day to marketing their services. They’ve committed to eliminating certain foods from their diet, and don’t keep them in their house. Ever. They don’t suffer plateaus for very long.
The rule is the re-organization stage is where most of your energy needs to go.
Don’t wait for life to give you the breakthroughs.
Chip away at life until it’s forced to give itself over to your desires.
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