Every night before I go to sleep I aim to read or listen to something positive. Over the last few months I have built this habit because I have seen the result of me sleeping better and waking up excited. My book this month is Zig Ziglar Over The Top and this quote popped out to me.
“Feeling follow actions. So when you don’t really want to or feel like doing what needs to be done-do it and then you will feel like doing it.”
I have built some incredible habits since October 2015. One important thing that I have learned from my mentor is, the fastest way to success is to replace bad habits with good habits. I was sure I had to be consistent because I was in a spot where I wanted a change for myself badly. Manily because I realize I was at a point in my career where I wanted and felt like I had more to offer. Have you ever felt that way?
A couple of days prior to me reading that quote above in Over The Top I noticed I was not being as consistent with my reading. I would not wake up early and spend time in the Word of and I would not get up early to work on my dream. March is know for Madness, because it is March Madness where there are tons of college basketball games played in one month, well this was the beginning of my madness. Because over the last six months I felt like I was on fire at pursuing my passion. My passion did not die but my fire went down a little and so when I went to sleep that night I had a dream I will never forget. Now let me point out I do not remember my dreams often so the fact that I still can recall this dream today shows how much of an eye opener it was for me. I heard somebody once say “ a man who dreams with there eyes open is a dangerous man.” Also I started my self talk again, which is claiming qualities in the mirror so that I can grow in the the person that will bring glory to God and benefit mankind. Access my interview on the Ziglar podcast as I talked about my self talk experience with the host Kevin Miller and my Mentor Tom Ziglar Episode 362.
Now one thing I can say is that I don't have any idea where I was located in my dream. I do remember talking to a male in a nice black pin stripe suit. I was listening to a recording, I am sure it was Zig Ziglar but what caught my attention was the guy repeating the recording word for word. I looked at him with a shocking look on my face because I had no idea who this guy was and he is repeating a recording I was listening to. I wanted to be able to repeat that recording word for word but all I was able to do was finish the end of a sentence. As he caught me looking at him he said “ You have to keep listening to it over and over. You have to keep doing it over and over. I believe I said “ok” and then two other guys came out of nowhere and started listening to the recording with us. We didn't say much but the last thing I remember is seeing three well dressed guys all listening to the same recording.
I believe this dream had a lot to do with me being consistent. I know that I struggle with whenever I start something I struggle to finish. That dream is a constant reminder that I have to be just as consistent in the end as I am in the beginning. Chances are you are like me and wanted to do something only when you felt like it. If I workout only when I feel like it I would not be in the shape I am in now. If I read only when I feel like it than I probably would not read as many books as I have in the past 6 months. If I got out of bed only when I felt like it, I would be unemployed. Here are a few steps I am going to follow to help me be consistent in chasing significance.
Have a consistent schedule.
I know each day will be different but when I know what time I want to get up in the morning I know what time I need to go to bed
2) Doing something I am passionate about.
I learn that if I am not doing something that will make me happy I will try anything and do everything everyone else is telling me to do. That is a never ending process.
3) Last but not least.
Feed my mind and heart positive material. Books, Podcasts, Music, and even the movies I watch. I have been very specific on what type of movies I watch, because I will always remember certain parts of the movie in my mind.
How consistent have you been with the goals you set for 2016? Comment and share. Go and live life on purpose. Thank you for reading!