Have you ever received any “advice” about your life or your business? Of course you have, everyone has.
In fact, with the help of the internet, there seems to be more advice available than ever before. Who and what do you listen to?
You should listen to yourself
Take the ideas you hear, and then TEST THEM. See what works for you and what doesn’t. What works is what gets you the results that you want. It doesn’t work if it doesn’t get you the results that you want. You have to test it for yourself. Then you will know, and then you can listen to yourself. Your mind will be independent, and that is a powerful place to be. When that happens you will start to experience what Emerson said:
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty
In order to really know whether a strategy works, you have to properly test it however. What that means is:
- You have to give it a reasonable amount of time to properly evaluate it. For example if someone says that there is a compounding effect when you do small effective actions each day over a long period of time in your business, you can’t just do it for a day, or a week, or even a month. You have to do it for at least 6 months to a year (or more) in order to be able to test it.
- You cannot discount a strategy if you don’t actually perform the strategy. If you are told that going outside of your comfort zone brings you results, but you never go outside of your comfort zone, then you can’t discount the strategy.
- Assume that results take time. This is the biggest mistake that people make. They are impatient. They want results now. They don’t realize that it takes often years to obtain mastery of a subject matter.
- Don’t be afraid to try multiple strategies at the same time. Test them against each other. Treat it like you are an “amateur scientist”, all you are after is results.
- Don’t get hypnotized by the charisma of the person who delivers the strategy. Being inspired is great. However, if you can’t take the information and turn it into tangible results in your life then you are kind of wasting your time (other than the nice emotional lift that you get when you are inspired). We all like being pumped up, but if you don’t learn to create results independent in your life, without the help of your “guru” then you are always tied to the “guru”. Also, over time you will find that listening, listening, listening, without implementing it in your life, and without getting results yourself, will actually lead to your frustration.
You have to learn to implement. You have to figure out what works for you (what gets you results). When you do this you will feel great independence. Test things out for yourself. Then you will know from your own experience.