5 Attitudes you need to cut off from your life
There are certain things that will always slow you down and prevent you from making fast progress.
Most people tolerate a certain level of mediocrity in their lives — negative-minded friends, excessive social media use, the inability to be productive without caffeine (I have been there, trust me).
But here are the 5 things you must cut out of your life that is preventing you from making fast progress towards your goals:
5 Attitudes you need to cut off from your life
Your Negative Friends
“You can’t hang around negative people and expect a positive result.” — Darren Hardy
Negative friends will keep you from levelling up. It’s a hard choice, but many people have had to make.
Ask yourself what’s more important: the approval of a negative person or a chance at real success and happiness?
The Wrong Money
It was the early 1970s. Arnold Schwarzenegger was living in Los Angeles. He had dominated the bodybuilding world, but he had a new focus: acting.
Becoming an actor was tough — no one wanted to hire a guy with his accent. The wrong money kept knocking on his door. In his autobiography, he wrote:
“I received an offer in the early 1970’s to manage a leading gymnasium chain for $200,000 dollars/year. It was a lot of money, but I turned it down because it would not take me where I wanted to go.”
Golden handcuffs are still handcuffs.
Being successful means saying no to the wrong money. The wrong money will trap you, hold you down, and keep you from greatness. You need to cut it out (and keep it out) if you want to make fast progress.
Say no to the wrong money. It’ll slow you down and keep you away from where you really need to be.
Your Old, Outdated Personal Beliefs
“Most people, if they really look at how they’re living their life today, it’s based on a set of standards that they made choices about 10, 20, or 30 years ago.” — Tony Robbins
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is this:
Things don’t change; you change.
Right now, you probably have a lot of old, outdated beliefs that are holding you back.
Maybe you think you’re just not good enough to sit at the table.
Maybe you’re terrified of failure and that people will laugh at you.
Maybe you just don’t believe someone like you could ever succeed.
We all have this emotional crap. Most people carry it around with them for years and years; extraordinary people cut it out and replace their old beliefs with new ones.
If your old behaviours and beliefs are hurting you, then stop it. Change and do something better.
“Every day, check these 4 boxes: Have I improved 1% on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health?” — James Altucher
I’ve been reading a lot of autobiographies of some of the world’s most successful people.
They all had to learn a variety of new skills to become successful.
A Super Bowl-winning quarterback needs to know how to do more than simply throw a ball. They need to master:
Nutrition and diet
…and a ton of other non-football-related things.
You don’t learn all these skills if you keep watching TV instead of learning, creating, experimenting, and growing. Look, TV isn’t bad. But during the seasons of my life where I needed to grow. I wasn’t watching TV. I was spending all my time learning. That’s how you experience hyper-fast progress.
The majority of people waste immense amounts of energy trying to do everything at once. Countless studies have proven multitasking doesn’t work. Attention drag — energy that is wasted between constant shifts of focus — adds up and drains your focus. Most people try to get it all done at once but only end up burning out.
Worse still, most people don’t know how to properly rest well, either. Studies show most people sabotage their rest throughout their day with excessive consumption of coffee, alcohol, and foods, substances that severely disrupt their sleeping.
Even during downtime, people don’t know how to reenergize effectively. Instead of true rest — detaching from technology, exercising, reading, or just turning your mind off — most people dive deeper into technology and distractions that only serve to drain more energy.
The world’s most successful and effective people operate with a very different set of rules for getting rest than 99% of other people. These individuals have specific behaviours that prevent energy waste and enable massive energy production. World-class performers make rest a priority. They’re really good at it. They have strict guidelines and boundaries they follow to ensure they operate with the maximum energy, as long as possible.
“All around you is an environment that is trying to pull you down to 2nd Class Street.” — Dr. David Schwartz
The reason most people won’t escape mediocrity isn’t that they’re not talented or smart enough. No, most people will stay stuck where they are because they haven’t cut the weight that’s holding them back. The good news is, anyone can cut our this negative weight. When you commit to avoiding negative people, saying no to the wrong money, getting new beliefs about yourself, watching less TV, and focusing on one thing at a time… You can achieve extraordinary results.