"Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
-Wolfgang Von Goeth
1. You'll See It Everywhere
Dan Sullivan tells us that "our eyes only see, and our ears only hear, what our brain is looking for." Once you commit to your dream, the scales seem to just fall off your eyes. You have a completely new view of the world. You will notice opportunities that have been in your reach all along. The psychological explanation is called "selective attention," where you will zoom in on what you want in technicolor detail. Nothing becomes impossible to you. Your only limitation is what you believe, which is quickly shifting as you continue taking steps forward. What you want becomes yours because you see what most people don't.
2. You'll Be Energized with Purpose
Purpose fuels you, and a lack of purpose drains you. But once you tap into your purpose, you no longer have to rely on willpower. Willpower is for amateurs. It's for people who are still conflicted about what they want to do. Once you've moved from your will to your why, you won't have to push yourself to do anything -- your why will pull you. Your internal GPS has already been set, and no obstacle will keep you from finding a way to your goal.
3. You'll Become a Student Teacher
You'll have a thirst for knowledge; you'll crave wisdom; and you'll search for understanding. You become a student teacher. You'll become a sponge, soaking up everything you can. Once you learn the rules, you'll have the freedom to break them and just create. You'll make connections others don't see. And you'll cement your knowledge by generously sharing it with others. The teacher is always the one who learns the most. You will teach and share abundantly. And you'll experience more joy by seeing others benefit form your teaching than experiencing success yourself.
4. You Won't Survive -- You Will Thrive
When you apply what you learn, when you challenge yourself and operate at the edge of your comfort zone, you are no longer just surviving, you're thriving. It will become your new standard of living. Because you will understand mediocrity is a mismanagement of your potential. As a result, you are constantly applying new information to accelerate your progress. You're constantly experiencing and experimenting. When something doesn't work, you don't get discouraged. You learn from it, adapt, and try again. You are market by humility, progress, understanding, and service.
5. You'll Realize Your Fears Were Frauds
Someone who has gone from flab to fit understands this. So does someone who has learned to make a million dollars. The process is logical to them, and the magic is gone. Theory and experience are two completely different things. But for those who haven't reached their goals yet, the theories feel blurry; the process seems tricky; there's still doubt about whether things will work. But when you take the leap, you already start to find yourself where you want to be. When your why is strong enough, your how is easy.
6. You'll Stop Worrying
Worry is a misuse of the imagination. And once you've made your decision to take the leap, every day will be a step closer to where you want to be. Worry accomplishes absolutely nothing. It is a waste of valuable brainpower and creativity. And if you spent all the time you spend worrying on creating instead, you'd probably already be where you want to go.
7. You'll Have What You Need
When you step beyond your point of no return, "luck" and miracles become your norm. All your needs seem to be met. The right people will come into your life. You will have enough time and money to start moving. The right books, quotes, articles, and podcasts will make their way into your life at just the right time. And you should be ready to gracefully, gratefully, and humbly receive. You will be given everything you need when you need it. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt, "do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
8. People Will Enter Your Life
When you commit to a mission, people seem to gravitate towards you and your cause. You will attract (almost unwittingly), mentors who will teach you and radically accelerate your progress; fans and supporters; students who want to learn; and haters who gon' hate. It's practically a law of nature. Your relationships are the most important aspect of your journey, and you will begin attracting the right people when you start doing the work. It begins with initiative and openness.
9. Doubts Will Creep In
Most people take the path of least resistance, but this is not that path. You'll go through periods of time without success. Sometimes things will feel like they're falling apart. But that is part of the process. You are not just shaping your work, it is shaping you. It is forming your character. Because it is less important what you do, than who you become. So in the face of temptations to quit, you will dig deep, you will draw on your why, and you will continue. As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "a mind stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."
10. You'll Be Open to New Opportunities
You are open to new experiences, even if it feels extremely uncomfortable. Your feelings no longer dictate your actions. You move forward despite your mood. You embrace uncertainty and step into new opportunities with faith. The more open you become, the more you embrace the unknown, the more you'll find yourself in incredible places you never thought you'd be.
11. You'll Challenge Status Quo
The conventional approach is broken. Most people haven't committed to what they feel they should be doing. They remain unaware of who they are, what they stand for, and who they are becoming. They are living in fear and confusion, simply waiting to be told what to do. They want the easiest path; the "safe" path; the guaranteed path. And whats tragic, most people will go against their own values to fit in with the crowd. But when you're liberated from conformity, you quickly discern more effective and efficient approaches. This comes from making connections others are too afraid to make. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind."
12. You'll Progress Quickly At What You Take On
Most people are taught that intelligence is fixed. You either have it or you don't. But Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, has revolutionized our understanding of intelligence. She explained intelligence as a fluid and flexible entity. Those who commit to "mastery", learning with an intrinsic desire to improve, are the people who become the best in the world at what they do. Success is not born; it is made. Once you take the leap, you are no longer restricted to your abilities; you stretch and grow in proportion to the challenges you take on.
13. Nothing Seems Impossible
"You need to aim beyond what you are capable of. You need to develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end. Make your vision a reality. Nothing is impossible." Believing something is impossible is arrogant. It is assuming we know so much that you can predict an outcome with certainty. We put a cap on what's possible, and communicate to the world that there is nothing else to learn; that knowledge is finite. Arrogant people believed we'd never fly. Arrogant people believed we'd never put a man on the moon. The fact is, anything and everything could happen. We don't know what we don't know. And being open to that fact allows you to do more than those who erect an invisible barrier on possibility. As Napoleon Hill says, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
14. You Get Really "Lucky"
Luck is where preparation meets opportunity. When it comes to luck, you are more in control than you might think. And according to Dan Sullivan, "Luck and God favor those with good habits." When you take the leap, amazing things start happening. You don't know exactly what that looks like, but you trust things will work out. Your daily habits regularly attract beautiful things from the world. Some will call you lucky; others will call you blessed; but you can consider it the new normal.
15. You Won't Care About Trivial Things
Eleanor Roosevelt put it best: "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." When you take the leap, you are free. Free from frivolous things and mediocrity. You no longer have time for gossip and other destructive habits. They simply don't make sense anymore. Your entertainment is growth, learning, connection, and adventure. You regularly meet new and interesting people. You're eternally curious, and even the simplest things become significant.
16. You'll Live Holistically
If one area of your life is out of whack, every other area of your life suffers. But when you take the leap, things seem to align. You feel more integrated. And you're become aware when your priorities are being neglected. And when you improve the weaker areas of your life, you seem to naturally grow in the others. Every small and consistent victory you experience in one area creates a momentum towards your overall ideal.
17. You'll No Longer Fear Success
The most crippling and pervasive fear is the fear of success. Many people consider success, or the rewards of success (re: money, wealth), as a sin, or that it's not intended for them. But once you have a compelling vision, the focus shifts away from you. You will see money is simply a means to an end. Money is a tool. Not only is your success inevitable, it's essential for accomplishing what you feel inspired to accomplish.Your fear is a signal that you're moving in the right direction.
18. You Don't Fear "Losing It All"
You are amazing. No form of success or failure will change that. Consequently, you are no longer attached to your reputation, accomplishments, or possessions. If you lost it all, you'd still have the confidence to continue moving forward. You'd adjunct and continue to trust that "all things work together for good." This perspective allows you to be more authentic and free. You're no longer a people pleaser. You take the "good" and the "bad" as neutral events, designed to teach you and grown you into the person you were created to be.
19. You'll Do What's Right, Not What's Popular
Most people can eat healthy for a day; or be positive for a few minutes. But when things get hard, most people's resolve crumbles. Not you. Not anymore. Consistency is the evidence of vision and faith. Excuses is the stuff of losers. When you justify inconsistent behaviors once, you open the floodgates to a lifetime of justifications. Cut them out; throw out what's easy; persist in what's right.
20. You'll Have More Responsibility
Spiderman's Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, " with great power comes great responsibility." And in the story of the faithful servant, we learn "to whom much has been given, much will be expected." Responsibility forces you to think more creatively; it qualifies you to show up at a higher level. But most people avoid responsibility. They'd rather someone else carry the load than deal with the consequences. Fear of failure stops them from ever trying. But when you take the leap, you will not be qualified immediately. But as you take on greater responsibility, you'll become qualified to do what you need to do. You'll grow into your responsibilities and increase your power and influence. When you're hungry for impact, honing your craft is far more appealing than mindlessly surfing Facebook and watching cat videos.
21. You'll Be Questioned & Criticized
When you take the leap, you'll most likely receive unsolicited critique. If you are doing something remarkable, there will be haters. As sure as flies flock to honey. But take comfort in the fact that "haters confirm greatness." When you really start showing up, haters will be intimidated. Rather than inspiring them towards what they could do, you remind them of what they're not doing. This isn't about you. It's about them and their own insecurity.
22. You'll Be Misunderstood
Having "vision" is weird to most people. Daring to think different is unusual and rare. Being real and authentic is oddly unnatural. And most people will misunderstand you. A lot of people won't get you, or why you're doing what you're doing. Most mean well. But they just don't get it, and people are afraid of what they don't understand.
23. You're Motivated by Love
Most people operate out of fear, reward, or duty. But you will be driven by a more evolved motivation: love. Your goal is to bring as much joy to each individual as you possibly can. Your love transcends human reasoning. It drives you to do things most would consider crazy. You no longer live by conventional rules or wisdom. You are directed by the wisest and purest power.
24. Your Goals Materialize Quickly
When you operate from a deeper purpose, you are connected to a higher power. You learn how to create results quickly. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
25. You'll Be Transparent
Most people are tempted to inflate their goodness and minimize their failings. But when you take the leap, you no longer care about looking stupid. You're more concerned with truth and authenticity. You're humble enough to admit when you're wrong or you've changed your mind. You're not hiding. You are open about the good, the bad, and the ugly. And your vulnerability intensifies the love other people have for you.
26. You'll Rebuild Bridges
Embracing, rather than avoiding, reality requires that you carry no unnecessary baggage. You want to be completely clear so you're able to create and flow. As a result, you openly apologize for things you've done wrong in the past. You seek forgiveness, which is really more about you than the person you harmed. It's not your responsibility how others respond to your apologies. You are only responsible for making them.
27. You'll Be More Authentic in Public
Once you know what you want, and you're completely focused on that goal, you stop caring about silly things, like what you're wearing that day. Steve Jobs wore the same outfit every day. Even among world leaders, he didn't wear a suit, and people were fine with it, because he was fine with it. These people are less concerned about frivolities and more concerned with efficiency. They don't care what other people think. They are less concerned about how they look, and more concerned about the work they do. Be wholly yourself, instead of letting society tell you who to be.
28. You'll Put Yourself Out There
It will initially be embarrassing to start putting yourself out there. But you're not going to let your ego get in the way of your vision. So you'll put yourself out there at the expense of being wrong, or looking foolish. Because fear no longer drives your behavior. Even if you're not sure what you're doing, you always opt to act in faith than hide in fear. You'll always accept the consequences of trying your best than hiding your talents.
29. You'll Be Genuinely Happy for Others
As an evolved, emotionally mature person, you are happy when others succeed, and sad when others fail. You operate from "the golden rule", and you see success of others as success for the whole. You genuinely want what's best for everyone, because only in that culture can we all grow and build on the success of each other. Jealousy and envy are the ego's ugly cousins, and they operate out of fear.
30. You'll Need More Alone Time
Dan Sullivan instructs us to "delegate everything except genius." Once you take the leap, you'll realize you need to build a team. When you start, you'll probably need to manage most of the logistics yourself. But the sooner you delegate, the more energy you can put into the work only you can do. Eventually you'll want to delegate everything except your superpower. You are the creator and your team makes it real. Deep work is essential for creativity. But it becomes difficult in the face of endless distractions. The world's highly successful people do their creating early in the morning. No email, social media, communication, or cat videos. Just sitting with themselves, their ideas, their resources, and their breakthroughs.
31. You'll Have More Time
When you take the leap, you will extinguish elements of your life that don't fit. You will repel poisonous people. You will attract mentors who will guide you. You will build a team that multiplies your work. As a result, your life will be simpler. You will be focused on things that matter. You'll be holistically healthy. And you will be living a rich and rewarding life.