What takes people to the next level? What takes them out of their comfort zones and conforms them into human goal seeking missiles? What happens that makes people suddenly wake up, get up, and blast off into a whole new orbit of success?

I love this quote from the Joker in Batman: “Madness, as you know, is a lot like gravity, all it takes is a little push.” That little push is different things to different people, but when you objectively and patiently look back on your life, you will find that something happened that caused your evolution to the next level every time. That could have been circumstances, an offer, a phone call, a tragedy,  a meeting, in introduction, a divorce, getting fired, a book, a seminar, a sermon… but it’s usually one thing every time – a defining moment. Are you open to new ideas, suggestions, and promptings? Will you be ready when the time comes?

Next, another of the Joker’s quotes in Batman, “We stop looking for monsters under the bed when we realize they’re inside of us.” This could also be interpreted to mean, especially for those victim mentality people out there who have an overdeveloped sense of entitlement thanks to Hollywood and the prevailing socialist environment: “Stop waiting for someone to rescue you, bail you out, pay your bills, do things for you, or make things easy for you. Realize that you have the ability to do it on your own.” One could even add, compliments of the Joker, “Does it depress you? To know how alone you really are?

When we think about our lives and realize how many times we’ve passed up on great opportunities, waited in vain for someone to bail us out or for things to miraculously get better on their own, we realize how much time we have wasted. This is the last day you will be this young, with this much strength, energy, and clarity, and each day that goes by you will lose some of that power. That’s not to make you feel bad; it’s to inspire a sense of urgency and excitement in you. You’re running out of time.

You won’t find a mouse when you’re looking for bears. You won’t see the clouds when you’re staring at your feet. You won’t hear advice and offers when you’re so busy talking. You won’t learn how to be more successful when you’re conversing with fools. You can’t achieve anything when you’ve given up.

Four things that I have found are essential to a happy, successful life are:

  1. Get back to God and get close to Him. If your religion doesn’t work for you, find one that does. Your philosophy, which comes from your religion and understanding of God, rules and directs your life.
  2. Associate with good, smart people who are more successful than you are in the areas of life in which you wish to improve.
  3. For every area of your life, set specific, concrete, measurable, time sensitive goals with flexible Plans of Action.
  4. Work hard and consistently while you can – go the extra mile. Don’t be a quitter. Be generous. And be a giver, not a taker, a producer, not a parasite.

Robin Elliott   LeverageAdvantage.com