This is where we all want our lives to end up gentlemen. It is a state of personal greatness through process and achievement – a point in time where red line ambition, creative drive and high output become a permanent way of life. It is when you cast aside all your self-limiting thoughts and pursue your very best. Ambition, focus and direction will become your essence and there is a clear bright path set before you. No matter the obstacles, you will not stop – you will become a Force of Nature.
This is The Awakening.
Pursue The Awakening – Get Angry
How does a man pull himself up and out of a deep hole to such a desired state of high end existence?
He gets angry that’s how, angry with himself and his current state of affairs.
There is no pointing of the finger at anyone or anything else but himself. A man will one day take stock of his life, become unhappy with the result and then take full responsibility.
Fairness, relationships, justice and luck will have nothing to do with it. They will all be cast aside with every other excuse.
There are a lot of distractions and lessons that a man will have to learn from along the way. But at some point he decides he has had enough and commits to grabbing his life by the throat.
He will take hold and not let go. No more coasting along and being cast about by circumstance and relationships. No Sir, it is time to take stock and then take action.
Take Stock and Then Make a Decision
Lay out every aspect of your life that is important to you: career, health, fitness, finances, relationships, faith, goals, and possessions. Put it all down on paper. A one word list such as above will suffice. We like to keep things lean and simple here at Becoming a Force of Nature.
Dig deep and create a list of everything that has significant meaning and importance. Pull from your heart. Reach in to your core and don’t hold back.
Internalize the current state of each item on your list and then make a decision.
Make a decision like your life depended on it. Use your anger.
For each area decide where you can take it in six months going all out, without compromise. Be bold here gentlemen, your life is on the line. You will want to create some immediate momentum.
Then, create your new reality as you would like it 5 years out.
What we have here of course is a short and long term list of outcomes. Many of these can realize significant improvement in six months. Some such as your financial situation might take longer. You can get the ball rolling in the right direction in a half year, but particular areas might take a full five years to clean up.
Feel free to write and thank me five years from now for getting you started. You will thank your current self as well, trust me. Five years will pass no matter what; you might as well get some things accomplished.
Take a Dynamic View of Yourself
When you wake up tomorrow morning and have a look in the mirror you will notice you are still soft and overweight. Then you will remember that you made a decision, a man’s decision.
There is no firmer commitment on this earth, gentlemen.
The key to belief in the desired outcomes here is taking a dynamic view of yourself. Yes, a man can indeed change his life in significant fashion. And he can do so to such an extent that it will take people’s breath away.
Once he realizes the biggest barrier to doing so is his own limiting beliefs, the game is on.
Consider yourself a dynamic man from now on. No one needs to know. You will keep it quiet and internalize it as fact. Let the evidence over time inform those around you.
The simplest and most concrete way to get started is with your diet and physical fitness.
This is how I got started. I woke up one birthday morning, had a look in the mirror, got on the scale, got angry and then made a decision.
This was my anchor for personal dynamism.
Within six months I had cut thirty pounds, added muscle mass and was a perfect match for a picture of myself as a young man 30 years prior. Yes, six pack abs and all. I never would have believed it that birthday morning a mere half year prior.
Pushing off hard like that and enjoying a complete physical transformation hardened my thinking and belief. Constant change and improvement would now be my new self. I am a dynamic man.
Live with Purpose
So you’ve gotten angry, taken stock, made a decision and now see yourself as a dynamic man. You will take a step back and add a primary purpose to your life through a Life Mission.
As much as dynamism is the key to belief, purpose is the key to permanence. You will adapt as necessary in the future, but you will pursue and achieve The Awakening. You will exist as such until your last breath.
Living with a core purpose in your life will add underlying meaning to everything you do. It will be the energy that fuels the fire of your Awakening.
As the days pass and life interferes with your new focus, revert your attention to your Life Mission. Distill it to the highest and purest standard. As you get knocked off stride, always pull yourself back to your home base – your Life Mission.
Speaking of the highest and purest of things, I recommend asking the Creator to come along for the ride. If your goal is to finish strong, to finish up in the High Country, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have the best of help in my opinion.
Develop Your Personal Armor
Make it a priority to go to bed every night a better man than you woke up. Develop your Personal Armor to sharpen yourself as you now cut through life hard and fast.
Take your diet, weight and fitness to a high level. Pursue excellence here. As you improve, your physical and mental energy will rise in capacity and endurance. This is a baseline precursor to achieving The Awakening. Without the health and energy to go hard your momentum will wane. You will not make it.
Next, read every day and develop your Intellectual Armor.
You should consider yourself one of the luckiest men to ever live on this earth. Unlike 99.99% of human history, the totality of human knowledge and expertise is now available to you in books and online.
Never before has this been the case. Use it. The knowledge and ideas you acquire will provide you with life altering leverage like nothing else.
Cut Out Shallow Distractions
If you are like me, you’ve fallen into the trap of shallow distractions over time. Without a life searing purpose and with many years ahead of you it is very easy to get distracted by meaningless things in the modern world. After all, a man does have a need to relax and enjoy himself right?
The problem is that as time passes and a man loses direction, the many easy ways to immediate satisfaction can become a habit. Over time, a man is the sum of his habits. Then one morning you will wake up and don’t like what you see in the mirror. You get angry at yourself and here we are.
You will not achieve a The Awakening if you continue with the shallow distractions in your life, period.
Be honest with yourself and cut out the waste. You’ve got a limited run here and no time to burn. If you haven’t had your fill, go back and gorge until you’re serious. Don’t be a pretender.
I certainly don’t need to provide a full list of today’s meaningless and shallow distractions. I’m sure you know where you need to cut. But I will suggest a couple of broad strokes that will clear a wide swath for you to move hard and fast.
The clock is running gentlemen and there is limited time in each day. Make the best investment you could ever make. Invest in yourself by cutting out television and alcohol. Create time and newfound energy out of thin air right now.
Imagine what you could do in 5 years if all the time you spent watching television and slamming down pints of beer was invested in exercise, reading and financial pursuits. Put your last name on a jersey and make the game of life your playing field.
One Life to Live
Seize the day. Begin your pursuit of The Awakening, the journey will be as satisfying as the accomplishments.
You’ve got only one life to live so ignite the fire inside. Each man has been created in the likeness of the best there is. So toss fear aside and become the Force of Nature you are intended to be.
Achieving this burning state of personal ambition is living clean and true up in the High Country. You will have energy like never before and accomplish things that prior were thought just a pipe dream. It is a permanent state, because it is naturally self-fueling.
I believe it is so because we were designed as such. A man with a righteous Life Mission and an ambitious Life Vision will be imbued with energy and conviction. You will aspire to and achieve personal greatness. It is only right.
Life torpedoes will indeed come along and knock you off your feet, but you will always rise up again until your final day. You will be strong and resilient. At first it will be hard, then everything will slow down and sometimes it will even become child’s play.
Make a decision, clear a path and then work like never before. Work with the knowledge that you are a dynamic man on a Life Mission. You will constantly improve and evolve; it is how you were designed to be.
Brush aside distraction and reveal the very best.
Achieve The Awakening and Become a Force of Nature.
All the best,