We live in a society where we are told to “Believe in yourself,” “Take risks,” “Act on your dreams,” and “Dream big!” It’s a constant battle to be aware of our worth and how we are viewed. In this video, I break down the benefits of taking action on your dreams. I also share a few quotes that I believe to be positive reinforcement.
Positive reinforcement is when people reinforce a behavior in themselves. For example, if you work hard to get a promotion, you’ll be rewarded for it. If you do well at school, you’ll be rewarded for that. The goal is to do these things in the hopes of bringing you more positive reinforcement.
The biggest mistake most people make when wanting to do something is by thinking they deserve it. I mean, I get that it might be tempting to strive for what you think you deserve, but if you only do that for the sake of gaining the status you think you deserve, nothing will change. If you are the best at something, you will eventually reach that status. The next step is always to do your best.
This is especially true if you’re in any sort of competitive situation, because the best thing in life is to make sure that you’re always the best. By that I mean that you will always be better than everyone else. No matter what you do. Whether that means beating your dog, defeating your spouse, or just getting out of your own way. You will always be better than everyone else, and if you’re not, it means you have something to learn.
The problem is that when we constantly do our best, we often have no idea what that really means. Or if it really means anything at all. So we often end up doing things we don’t really want to do, or doing things we should have done but didn’t, or doing things that aren’t optimal anyway (if we even know they’re optimal). We also tend to overthink, and we tend to focus on the wrong things.
We also tend to worry about things that never happen, and we tend to avoid situations that could potentially wreck us. We tend to constantly compare ourselves with others. We tend to try to be the best at everything we want but no longer get the results we desire.
This is all good stuff, but we also have to come to terms with the fact that we have to make good decisions and we have to take control of the situation. We have to figure out what to do. We have to do what we think is best, based on all information we have and all the opinions we have and the knowledge we have. And we need to take an approach that is based on fact, not on hope.
We also have to be honest with ourselves. We all know what we want and we want it now. But we also know that if we don’t do it NOW, we will not achieve it later. We want to learn from every moment we have, but we also know that we can’t predict the future. So it is important to have a clear vision and a clear intent. We also have to take control of the situation.
So let’s say you have this vision of a certain future. That vision needs to become a reality. What that vision is going to look like is up to you.
The fact is that the vision above does not create a situation. It just provides the framework from which you can create the action. We will use this example in the next lesson because it is one of the most basic concepts in business, and it is also the one that most people don’t realize.