You become what you think.
You are your thoughts.
The quality of your life is the quality of your thoughts.
All the ancient thinkers said stuff like this. They know how important the mind was.
Your mind is the root of your life. It's the start and the end and everything in between.
You can have abundance and be miserable and unhealthy.
You can be poor and be happy.
And everything in between.
What gets me the most about this idea is how little respect it garners in our modern age.
Instead, people today are focused on what external high they can get, and how fast and easy and cheap they can get it.
That's what people are after external things for as little payment of effort/time/money as possible.
The ironic thing here is how mastering your mind gets you that AND allows you to enjoy it.
The mind determines the actions you take that allow you to get abundance, and it determines whether you appreciate that abundance or not.
It all comes back to the mind.
So why aren't you focusing on your mind with everything you got?
Why are most people unaware of their responsibility to master their inner world?
Here are a few ways that the successful man thinks that stands him out from everyone else.
The Better Man goes after truth. He's figured out that avoiding truth to feel better about himself will hurt him more later on.
So he accepts the price he has to pay and pays it as soon as he can.
Truth and self-awareness are intertwined. Going after truth brings self-awareness along the way.
He knows that self-awareness is integral to bypassing his ego and that bypassing his ego is essential to improving his self-awareness.
Every self-made man or woman in history had a high level of what psychologists call "locus of control."
Locus of control is a man's ability to take responsibility for his results in life and to have faith in that ability so that he will take actions to manifest his reality.
All successful men think long term. Their time preference is low, meaning they are more concerned about their future well-being than their present. They are willing to forgo temporary pleasures in then now to get what they want in the future.
It's impossible to be successful if you aren't thinking long-term.
Steve Jobs never wrote code. He didn't build machines. Yet he is the reason I'm typing on this iPad right now and why I used my Apple Card to buy this cold brew at this coffee shop. He had a vision. He saw what could be. And he was ruthlessly dedicated to it regardless of the short-term costs or trade-offs.
Low time preference humans are the reason humanity moves forward.
Successful men are careful about the words they use.
They are constantly checking the words they use externally and internally.
They know that words manifest reality, and so they aim to use and think words that are helpful and not holding them back.
6. Do what they say
Successful men do what they say they are going to do.
They show up when they say they will and on time.
People learn to trust what they say, whether they like it or not, because they know he will follow through.
This is partly why the Better Man has no time for wishy-washy flakes or people that talk a bunch of shit. They can't interact with these people because they might rub off on him. So he cuts them from his life.
The successful, Better Man dictates his reality.
He doesn't accept the status quo just because everyone else is.
He tries to change things. He'll change the subject or the environment or the rules to suit what he wants.
He will exit conversations, relationships, deals, partnerships that have become a net negative to his life.
He asks the questions that no one asks. He takes nothing at face value.
Everything is open for negotiation. Everything can be changed.
The successful man is patient with himself and his results.
He isn't looking for quick fixes. He gives people, projects, and things time to work themselves out. He isn't forcing things.
But when the data comes back that he must accept, he takes action he knows he needs to take regardless of how painful that might be.
This is His Truth that he lives daily.
He's not perfect, but he's always striving to be, which makes him constantly improving.