In my post about habit building, I wrote that you have to be intentional in building your habits. You can’t just leave your habits to chance. Why? Because our natural tendency is to choose the easy way. Now I’d like to take a closer look at the importance of being intentional, not only in habit building, but in every area of our lives. The fact is, there are two ways to live your life: you can live either by default or by design. Living by default means just following the crowd; it means just following the path of least resistance. Living by design, on the other hand, means being proactive in how you live your life.
There is no doubt that Jeff Bezos is a great example of business success. At the time of writing, he is the richest person in the world. While success in business doesn’t necessarily mean true success, I believe we can learn valuable lessons from him. I have been following him for some time, and I have found that his achievements mainly come from the principles he lives by. These are the principles that guide his actions and help him grow Amazon to become the giant it is today.
Here we are in 2018. Being in the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to start maximizing our personal growth this year. How can we do that? How can we maximize our personal growth? There is a key principle you need to follow for that. The principle is this: Move out of your comfort zone Yes, move out of your comfort zone. Why? Because you can’t grow if you just stay in your comfort zone.
A while back, I wrote about the mindset for overcoming a fear of failure. The mindset says that the regret of failing is less than the regret of not trying. Now I’d like to introduce you to a mindset that extends that. I call the mindset the experiment mindset.
Do you want to live your life to the fullest? If you do, then there is a big obstacle that you need to overcome. That obstacle is fear, and among the different kinds of fear, a major one is a fear of failure. Imagine putting a lot of effort into something but it doesn’t work. What you get in return is nowhere near your expectations. It wouldn’t feel good, would it?
A while back, I read Grinding It Out. It tells the fascinating story of how Ray Kroc built McDonald’s. One interesting thing is that he only started building McDonald’s when he was already 52! You might think that at that age someone’s ‘golden age’ has passed; they wouldn’t build something new, let alone something big. But the story of Ray Kroc proves otherwise. It proves that it’s never too late to build something big in your life.