Do You Expect To Win?

When you break down winning into its simplest form, it is really not that difficult to win in life. The difficulty often lies in trying to win at everything.

If you compare winners to those who are not winning, the one thing that is abundantly clear about winners is that they focus their effort and energy on a niche they love. Non-winners are scattered in their thinking, action and commitment.

Individuals with a winning mindset are committed to becoming the best version of themselves every day. If they are good at basketball, then they commit their entire reality to basketball. If they have a penchant for business enterprises, then they lock into business like a heat-seeking missile. 

So, let me ask you a question. Are your expectations set to winning and experiencing life’s best? If you say yes, then what have you committed to, on a consistent basis—in the past six months, the past year, the past five years? Is there an idea, product, service or process that consumes you—something that affects you so strongly that you cannot think about doing anything else? 

If you say you expect to win but have not committed to a particular niche, then you are not being honest with yourself. 

Think of success as a child. When you have a baby, you do everything in your power to nurture that child’s physical, affective, behavioral and cognitive development through the lifespan. Don’t you? Of course, this is what good parents do. 

Well, when it comes to success, winners adopt a similar approach. That is, winners nurture their niche, which in turn allows them to hone their skill as it relates to that niche, leading to the success they had envisioned. Winners are focused on continuous improvement initiatives, which help them perfect their problem-solving skills.

Winners understand that the more effective they become at solving problems and serving others, the more value they create for themselves as the go-to authority in their fields.

Here are some key takeaways that could increase your odds of winning: 

  • Target the niche you are passionate about.
  • Advance your knowledge in that area by committing to that idea on a consistent basis and over a long period of time.
  • Develop a system [a method of delivery] that enables you to use your niche to fulfill a need and provide a service to others.
  • Build your reputation as a brand expert in your field and very soon the market will validate your idea. 

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Trust Your Intuition

It all just seemed too good to be true. As Magic promised me, his boss overpaid him and he had to return the extra funds back to his boss right way or face termination. He needed change for a $100 bill, and he said that he wanted to do the right thing because his boss was a good person. So, Magic, a person whom I, a seventeen-year-old, had just met off the streets, led me to the third floor of a building I was familiar with, to this supposed office where his boss was waiting for him.

As I discovered later, Magic’s story was too good to be true because it was too good to be true. That little inkling I had at the outset (and which grew louder with each step that I took toward the third-floor office) was my intuition shouting at me trying to tell me something. Magic, unbeknownst to me, was a master con artist. And what Magic lacked in social etiquette, he made up for with street cred, and I simply failed to trust my gut. Not following those intuitive murmurs and subtle sense of foreboding cost me $100. Yes, Magic parted with five of my crisp $20 bills without me putting up as much as a mental challenge.  

hqdefaultThe lesson: If something does not feel right, it probably is not right. And there is a reason for that—our intuition rarely misleads us. 

Have you ever had the inkling that something was about to happen, and whatever it was, did happen? Have you ever felt that something could go wrong and it did, and you were left to pick up the pieces simply because you did not trust and follow your gut instinct? Of course, you havewe all have.

One of the earliest, most powerful and fascinating ability ever to be exercised by humans was our capacity to use our intuition to reconstruct reality, decipher information, and determine the threat level of the information or reality presented to us. The instinctive ability to forecast certain events is something that has ensured the survival of the human species. 

So, how do you know when to follow and trust your gut feelings or listen to that inner voice? First, not only should you be aware of your emotions and feelings, you should also track your emotions and feelings. That is, if your emotions and feelings do not lead to a definitive resolution, then steer away from the situation until clarity is present. Secondly, it is better to be methodical and right, than to be hasty and wrong. So, learn to trust yourself and think things through. Lastly, if it looks or feels too good to be true, then it is likely too good to be true.

 

 

Counterintuitive Lessons About Success

I love learning, and every day I learn something new. I hope you find as much pleasure in acquiring transformative knowledge as I do.

Some hours ago, I was listening to Airbnb’s Brian Chesky chronicle his experience about Airbnb and all that it took to grow an idea into a $30 billion company. The primary takeaway from the interview (see video below) centered on the following.

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Chesky mentioned that in order to experience unparalleled success, it is necessary to do counterintuitive things. This suggests that sometimes the right course of action relating to success is to do the opposite of what you have always believed

It is important to bear in mind that it takes courage to go against one’s natural inclinations—to go against the status quo—to go against the opinions of others, including the so-called experts. It takes courage to pursue your ridiculously-impossible dreams and ideas. It takes courage to admit that you, more often than not, do not have answers to the problems you are trying to solve. It takes courage to believe in yourself.

Another counterintuitive lesson successful people employ is to expose themselves to mistakes. That is, winners understand that the only way to become desensitized to the fear of failure is to fail. Obstacles, setbacks and failures are less intimidating when you experience them repeatedly. 

Knowing when to adjust or start over is just as important. That means paying attention to the clues around you. If you have been engaged in an activity or pursuing an idea that does not seem to be gaining any traction and momentum and have not received market validation after some time, then it might be time to start making the necessary adjustments. 

Deliver maximum value every chance you get. Make it your business to give more than you receive. Because remember, whatever you pour into the universe will be poured back into you with the multiplied force and intensity of time. So, embrace your birthright and the abundance you rightfully deserve to experience. And make the rest of your life, the best of your life. 

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What Are You Committed To?

What are you committed to? The great idea you said that would define your reality and lead to phenomenal success, are you committed to that idea? Or are you simply infatuated with your thoughts and the possible success outcomes related to that great idea? 

When no one is telling you what to do, when there is not a boss looking over your shoulder, when you are not on the clock, what are you committed to? 

Here is where the separation between the good and the great begins—between winners and everyone else. 

Winners are driven by what they are committed to. They are driven by their passion. Winners are driven by a sense of purpose.

Are you driven by what you are committed to? If you are committed to a great idea, then that great idea should drive you. And if that idea does not get your juices flowing, if it does not move you to action, then you have chosen the wrong idea or activity—one that is not suited for the phenomenal person you are becoming.

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I write everyday because writing is what I love doing. Writing is my personal brand and I am committed to it! Writing allows me to deploy my ridiculously impossible dreams at scale. Writing is the vehicle that enables me to add value to others’ lives. Most of the success I enjoy in life is tied my passion—writing. 

What are you committed to? What is your passion? You see, the reason many people have not committed themselves to anything, the reason they are not making their concentric circle better, the reason they keep getting more of the same, is because they have not identified their raison d’être [reason or justification for being or existence].  

So please, stop making excuses, stop putting your life on hold, and find your passion—find that vehicle that will put you in a position to experience life’s best. Find your reason for being. 

I have said it before and I will say it again. The time we have in our physical form—our time on Earth, is fixed. There is no backup feature, delete function, reverse option or second chance. Life is not a rehearsal and you only get one chance and one opportunity to live your life on purpose with purpose. There are no second takes. The Universe will not grant you a do-over because you squandered one opportunity after another.

You deserve to live a complete and fulfilling existence. Love yourself enough to make the rest of your life the best of your life.

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Congratulations Are In Order!

If you are reading this post, then congratulations to you for having achieved a primary goal of life, which is to LIVE and avoid death. 

Congratulations for choosing to be positive rather than embracing negativity and pessimism.

Congratulations to you for endeavoring to stretch beyond the limits of your creative endurance rather than buckle under pressure.

Congratulations on making a decision to pursue your ridiculously impossible goals and ambitions rather than commit to a life defined by mediocrity.

Congratulations for creating the opportunities you desire to experience rather than whine and complain and build monuments to failures.

Congratulations for striving to become the best version of YOU rather than regress into an unfruitful way of being. 

Congratulations to you for choosing love over indifference.

And congratulations for choosing life over death!

 

 

How To Develop a “Do First” Mentality

Are you trying to figure out what to do with your life? Are you still trying to identify your niche or purpose? 

[PROBLEM]  Too many people are planning, strategizing, vision boarding, consulting or chasing, as a way to figure out their niche or purpose. 

[SOLUTION]  If you want to figure out what your passion or niche is, then you must develop a “do first” mentality. You must begin executing one idea after another until you find a pattern and rhythm—your comfort zone.  

The cost of entry to becoming successful is unbelievably low, but many people will not experience the amazing results they desire because they spend their waking hours dreaming and hoping. 

So, how do you develop a “do first” mentality? 

You develop a “do first” mentality by doing.

Right now, someone might be thinking, “Come on, Josiah, it can’t be that easy.”

First, if that thought is what you accept as true, then guess what? That thought will become a self-fulfilling prophecy—keeping you trapped in an endless cycle of mediocrity and nonfulfillment. Secondly, I never said it would be easy. Because if it were easy, then everybody would be doing it—everybody would be winning. 

What I am suggesting is that in order to make the rest of your life the best of your life, you must be proactive both in your thoughts and actions. In other words, do not sit on the sidelines waiting for opportunities to present themselves. Rather, create the opportunities you wish to experience. 

So, take time every day to define the person you desire to be. Then move toward (execute) that ridiculously impossible goal with swifticity and urgent alacrity. 

 

 

Championship Pedigree

Joe Lacob, majority owner of the Golden State Warriors, was asked by ESPN’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith, about the factors that contributed to the Warriors’s success and impressive 2017 championship run.

Mr. Lacob maintained that: It’s every little thing. It’s not one big thing. It’s every little thing. Attention to detail. And trying to be great everyday.”

Mr. Lacob was asked other questions about the team’s success, to which he responded:

  • You have to believe in yourself.
  • You have to have conviction.
  • You have to do what you believe in.
  • You can’t listen to everybody else.
  • You can’t lose confidence.
  • You gotta do what you think is right.
  • You have to take chances. You must be a risk taker

And that, ladies and gents, is what you call a championship mentality.

You can also listen to the Podcast Episode.

 

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The Kardashian Effect

Why was the iPhone such an overwhelming success? What makes Amazon so compelling? How were Uber and Airbnb able to disrupt and redefine old industries? How were the Kardashians able to turn themselves into super-influencers?

What all of these success stories have in common, is that they connect a product, service, process or idea to people’s needs and desires. These brands found a way to convert their creative energies in the form of unique and compelling stories that captured people’s hearts and attention; thereby, influencing consumer habits. 

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Every success story has one or more of the following success ingredients, and the key is to find out which one of these ingredients most aligns with your natural ability. 

Winning brands are forward-thinking brands and are able to tap into people’s subconsciousness and direct their purchasing decisions. Without exception, every successful personal or professional brand inspires, motivates and/or educates. 

Here is the primary takeaway. You do not need formal training or education to become a desired brand. What you do need, however, is to develop an organic relationship with those whom you are trying to reach. 

If you are able to convey the image of being a metaphor for success, then your reach will extend beyond your reality out of necessity. If you can find a way to connect your story to people’s hearts, then you are on your way to achieving unparalleled success. If you inspire, motivate or educate, and can get people to accept a timeless essential—meaning, accepting your truth as their truth—then you have won the ultimate winning lottery. 

You can also listen to the Podcast Episode.  

 

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