When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
Motivation is great. Literally billions of dollars are spent each year by people trying to build their motivation. Tony Robbins, Jeff Keller and others have made fabulous careers helping people maximize their motivation. In truth, you could be helped to focus your motivation for success. All of that is good and useful.
Your environment may be, to a greater extent, as important as your motivation.
By environment, I’m not talking where you live. It is more about how you choose to live.
You can have a great idea, plenty of persistence, knowledge and still fail or struggle awfully, because of your environment. But there’s something you can do about, too.
Here’s a bottom line, Let’s say you wanted to become a great pianist. There are a lot of things you could do to get closer to that goal:
Listen to great pianists, Read about great pianists, Learn music theory, Sit down at the piano and practice.
All of those things would set you on the right road. But ultimately, to be great, you would have to find a teacher who is an accomplished pianist themselves. If you were to spend time with someone like that, who urged you toward greatness, what do you think your chances would be of arriving at a high level of piano-playing ability?
Probably a whole lot better than if you only listened to great pianists, read about them, etc. Why? Because you’d have a successful person and an ally in your environment.
Here Are 3 Ways Your Environment Affects You
¤. The People You choose to spend your time with.
we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Jim Rohn
Are you choosing to spend your time with positive people who are looking to progress in their lives or are you spending time with negative people
who never met a situation without a fault? Yes, your family and co-workers have been chosen for you but you still have a lot of flexibility about which family members and co-workers you spend more time with. Choose the ones with a healthy outlook on life.
¤. The Structure Of Things Around You Determines Your Success-Action Rate.
Are all the chairs facing each
other to encourage discussion or are they all facing the television? Is your dining room table ready to welcome everyone to diner or is that where bills and homework are piled up, making a
family diner all that much more effort. How big are your plates? Really. Professors Brian Wansink and Roert van Ittersum studied how plate size affected people’s estimate of what a
healthy portion was. The bigger the plate, the bigger a healthy portion was. People are likely to
eat 30 percent or more more when their plate is larger than when they eat off of a smaller plate. In that study, they weren’t even asking people to limit their diet. They were simply asked to eat until they felt satisfied.
¤. The Look Of Your Surrounding Determines Your Productivity Rate.
Your home or office, the way the furniture is arranged, the colors of paint, the art or keepsakes you have displayed, the plants or lack of plants – all of these have an effect on you that determines how you live your life & move through your work.
The way things look on the outside mirrors what’s happening on the inside.
This is true for anything image-related, whether it’s your home, your office, or the way you dress. When your space is disharmonious, it’s really hard to get your work done.
I know many people according to their temperaments, have a different ideology about what organization means to them. Thus, what organization means to you is personal. I’m a Virgo. So, intense organization is really important to me. When I want to get things done, I’ve got to plan and strategize in my mind before doing them. It’s not about being perfect and all that though it’s just a way of making what I do look easy to me The idea here is simple.
When things are aligned for you externally, your ability to move forward will be better and unobstructed because your environment affects how you feel. How you feel affects what you do, how you move in the world, and how you live your life.
So what do you do with this info?
Set up your environment to align with your goals. Your environment needs to make actions that are inconsistent with your goals more difficult and actions that support your goals easier. You can set up your environment to address your weaknesses.
Think about the actions you need to take on a regular basis to reach your goals and those actions you need to do less frequently. Whether it is financial, career, health, personal or relationships, there are daily things you could do better. Identify obstacles and opportunities. Then adjust your environment to support your desired actions.
Over to you, what other things do you think has an impact on our success?
Think positive, think different.