It’s so easy to trust when everything is already going your way, but so hard when all you can remember is frustration and disappointment.
If you’ve been working with the ideas I’ve given you so far in this blog series, you’ll probably notice that it’s already getting a little easier to trust.
In fact, you may have noticed that you don’t get as frustrated or disappointed as you used to.
What’s that? You HAVEN’T been working with the ideas I’ve given you?
One of the reasons why only 5% truly succeed is because only about 5% take time to do the work required.
Now, I’m not going to bring you to task on the matter. As they say, you can have results, or you can have excuses, but you can’t have both.
Interestingly, though, one of the reasons why so few people take action is because most people expect to fail. And who wants to waste time on something that won’t work anyways?
You see the catch-22, don’t you?
It takes a certain level of trust to take action, and trust is one of the key factors leading to success.
Today, I’m going to give you a way to GUARANTEE success.
And once you experience a series of frequent victories, it will be much, MUCH easier to trust and expect success.
Are you ready?
Now, before I give you this super-powerful technique, I have to warn you.
It doesn’t look like much. In fact, you may even laugh. But trust me, it’s more powerful than it looks.
Okay, here it is.
To help you build up a feeling of trust and expectation of success, it’s important to give yourself a series of quick, easy wins.
Let me give you an example.
Back in high school, I wanted to increase the weight I was able to lift, and I wanted to test out an idea about the power of belief. So, I planned to make ONE lift each day, with no other exercise that might develop my muscles.
Before I started, I was able to lift about 150 pounds in what is called a bench-press. This is where you lay down on a bench and push the weight from your chest up to where your arms are fully extended.
The first day, I started with a weight I KNEW I could lift easily, which was 130 pounds. The next day, I added 2.5 pounds and did a single lift. The next day, I added another 2.5 pounds and lifted that.
The whole first week was spent lifting weights I KNEW I could lift. Easy wins building my trust and expectation.
By the time I got to lifting a weight greater than any I had lifted before, I had developed a belief in my ability to do my single lift, so when I attempted 152.5 pounds, it went up easily. And the next day, 155 pounds also went up easily.
I continued this experiment until I eventually lifted 202.5 pounds on the last day of the school year.
Sure, there were a few days when I failed to make the lift, but I just repeated it the next day, and succeeded.
The only thing that caused me to go from a maximum of 150 pounds to over 200 pounds was a belief that I could do it.
And a series of quick wins that helped me trust the process.
It may feel silly at first to “attempt” to do things you know you can easily do, but it’s a good way to establish a pattern of success, which can carry you a lot further than it may first appear.
In fact, this is a great way to develop the quality known as “willpower”.
Willpower is nothing more than the ability to make a decision and then follow through on that decision.
An easy way to develop willpower is to make a series of decisions to do easy things, and that will establish a pattern of successfully following through with decisions.
In the morning, decide to get out of bed, and do it. Decide to go to the bathroom, and follow through. Decide to get something to eat, and do it. Decide to open the door, and follow through.
You get the idea. Make a series of easy decisions to do easy things, and that will give you a strong foundation of trust in your ability to follow through with decisions.
Gradually progress to things that are less easy, and the momentum you’ve establish will carry you through.
Try it. It actually works.