Imagine: You’re just about to go to the biggest meeting of your life.
You make sure your tie looks perfect.
You’ve double checked to make sure you have everything.
You feel it — you’re ready.
Then, as you’re about to walk out the door, the most important person in your life tells you, “You’re going to do great — just be yourself!”
You think little of it. You’re already in the zone.
But now, let’s consider: is that actually good advice?
NEWSFLASH: Being yourself might be secretly sabotaging your dreams.
Think of it like this: If you aren’t currently ok with the results you’re getting — or not getting — in life, then does continuing to “be yourself” make much sense?
As Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Now, consider what Shakespeare said…
“All the world’s a stage, and all people — merely actors.”
Using this logic, it makes a lot of sense to start playing the new “actor” that can get you the results you desire during your time on this “stage” we call life, doesn’t it?
Ask yourself this, “What type of “character,” or actor, would I need to be — to get the life and the results I truly desire? How would he think? What habits would he have? And how would he carry himself?”
Here’s an idea: Once you identity the mindsets, traits, actions, and habits of the “character” you’d need to “act out” in order to unlock your desires, try “playing him” each day “on stage.”
Yes, it will feel awkward at first. Sort of like when you try out a new hairstyle.
You wont feel “like yourself,” at first.
And that’s the point.
To get lofty results, we often must become somebody new — somebody worthy and capable of unlocking those results.
(Cue the montage of Michael Jordan shooting hoops for HOURS every SINGLE day — as he went from a kid who got cut from the high-school varsity team into the greatest basketball player of all time).
Here’s the key: Once you “act out” your new “character” long enough, you will start BECOMING him.
As you’ve likely heard, new habits form when we act, think, and behave in a new way for a period of a month, or so.
Now consider Aristotle’s words. “We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
So, by “acting out” this new optimized character — who’s capable of achieving the results you desire in life — for long enough, you will eventually become a new man. You’ll become the man who’s totally capable of unlocking your desires.
This process is, by definition, transformation.
And it’s simple.
If you’re not happy with how things are going for you, change your role. Pick a new character to be. Practice being him. Start “acting him out on the grand stage” that is life.
And remember: it’s okay to let go of the parts of your old character that don’t align with the new role you wish to play.
Here’s the truth…
Old parts of your old character MUST DIE — for new and improved parts to be born.
It’s a cycle of life — completely natural. So don’t worry.
Instead, embrace being your new character.
Here’s my final note for you: When you change your character permanently, expect the other “characters” in the “stage” we call life to respond to you differently. And expect the world to give you new results, too.
Now, I want to hear from you.
Tell me: What type of character would you need to become in order to unlock the results and success you’re after? How would he think, act, and behave? Lastly, share what fictional character seems most similar to the type of “character” you’d like to become — to achieve your desires.
I’m excited to see your feedback in the comments section below.
To your peak,
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