21 Jun The One Habit That Will Change Your Life
There is one thing that I believe if you commit to making a habit, will change your life: intentional exposure to new information. This is when you seek out new information with the intent of using it to improve yourself.
To create the outcomes and achieve the things you want in life, in some ways you have to become a different person. The thing that is stopping you from becoming that person is the information (strategies, ideas, techniques) you haven’t been exposed to yet.
All it took for me to change my life was the exposure to information on personal development, leading to a complete new mindset.
I wanted to achieve certain things in my life, so I found the information that could help me get there and applied it to what I was doing.
When I first started studying the topic of personal development, the new information blew my mind. I could not believe how powerful, stimulating and motivating it was.
After exposing myself to this new information, I knew my life would never be the same again.
“A mind that is stretched by a new idea can never go back to its old dimensions”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
All the opinions we have in life are as accurate as they can be until we’re presented with new information. We’ve all had an opinion or a certain way of thinking that was instantly changed when new information was presented.
Everyone thought the world was flat up until someone presented them with new information. Court cases can favour a certain outcome until one piece of information changes everything. Our opinion of someone can dramatically change after hearing about something they’ve recently done.
Whether we are intentionally looking for it or not, information changes situations.
If we want to make positive changes in our lives, we have to find the information that will help us.
When I wanted to learn how to stay motivated, I sought out as much information on the topic of motivation as I could find. I studied the psychology of how it worked and then implemented the strategies to use it effectively.
No matter what area of your life you want to improve, the information is out there to help you.
But no one’s going to read your mind, work out what you need help with and give you this information, you have to intentionally find and study it yourself.
In the current society we live in, there are plenty of services for people who fall below the average to bring them back up. But for people on the other side of the coin who want to go above average, the services are non-existent.
We’re left find this information ourselves.
Because if everyone pursued their goals and dreams, society couldn’t fill all the, well, not so exciting jobs we need to function.
Can you imagine how society would work if everyone chased their passion and followed their dreams? It wouldn’t work – we’re all encouraged to live the template life.
I only point this out to hammer home that if you want to be above average, it’s on you to find the information and resources that will help you get there.
The world favours proactive people.
We each have the ability to create the life we want, build the skill set we want, earn the money we want, but we have to be proactive and commit to educating and improving ourselves.
All the information is out there, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, success leaves clues. Study people who have been successful in areas you want to improve, find out how they did it and apply it to what you want to do.
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune”
– Jim Rohn
As soon as we’re born, we’re thrust into an intense learning process that for a lot of people ends when they leave formal education – high school or university.
For some reason, we think that that’s where education stops. Obviously, we continue to learn through the things we do, but the rate at which we do significantly flattens out.
(The graph isn’t based off any real data, but you get the idea)
I believe that educating yourself outside of high school and university is just as important as it is when you’re there.
I found that the best thing about finishing the formal education process is that you can literally study whatever you want, we’re not limited to certain topics anymore. I’ve become an avid learner after I left university.
The sea of resources we have available on any topic you can think of is almost endless with human knowledge is doubling every 12 months.
With the development of technology and the internet, we have resources and opportunities that other generations have never had. I believe we’re all currently living in a time that resembles the premise of the old “American Dream” – an equal opportunity for our highest aspirations and goals to be achieved.
This has now become a Universal Dream.
You don’t have to go back to school to continue your education. Read books, watch thought provoking documentaries/talks/videos, listen to podcasts – the way you consume new information is irrelevant.
The key is to be intentional about exposing yourself to it and make this practice a habit.
No matter what area of your life you want to improve, the information is out there – you just have to actively seek it out.