It’s no secret that some people are more successful than others.
And thousands of articles have been written on what makes these people hit their goals consistently while so many others languish in mediocrity.
Every day it seems someone is coming up with a “new” way to teach people to be successful.
Here’s the truth – the thing that makes some people produce amazing results is simple. It comes down to crossing three bridges.
Those three bridges can be crossed by anyone, anywhere, any time.
Prior to reading this blog post you were in a state called “unconscious incompetence.”
I’m not trying to insult you.
What I’m saying was that you were in a state where you didn’t know that there were bridges to success. You didn’t know what you didn’t know. You were not aware that you didn’t know something.
By reading this post, you are crossing…
The Bridge Of Awareness
When you come across a new idea or learn that there is a better way to do something (by reading, watching someone else perform, etc.) you are now in a new state of awareness. In this stage, called the “conscious incompetent,” you know there is something to change but you haven’t yet started doing anything about it.
This is where lots of folks stop. They come across a great new idea (like from an article!) but they don’t ever get around to crossing …
The Bridge Of Learning
On the other side of this bridge is a state called “conscious incompetence.” This is where you have taken time to really learn how to do something new and better but you aren’t yet skilled at it. You know what to do and you can do it but it is still a bit tricky for you.
If you take the time to cross the next bridge, life gets really good, really fast. The next bridge is called…
The Bridge Of Repetition
Okay, stop moaning. I know repetition isn’t sexy. But it is the key to getting into a state of “unconscious competence.” It’s the place where great habits are formed and you can effortlessly and perfectly perform even complex tasks with ease.
Remember when you learned to drive a car? You started as a small child, sitting behind the wheel in the driveway, making vroom, vroom sounds. Then you turned 16, and sat behind the wheel of a running car.
Boom! You were a conscious incompetent at the moment, right? You were suddenly very, very aware that you had no idea how to drive this machine.
But, with a patient teacher and a few stops and starts in an empty parking lot, you crossed the bridge of learning and figured out how to somewhat safely get from the house to school and back. It was a lot of mental strain, though, remember?
Luckily, you practiced and now I’ll bet you can easily drive halfway across the county, navigating construction and traffic while singing along with the radio and eating a fast food burger.
That’s the power of repetition. That practice allowed you to be able to manage an incredibly complex task (driving) without using any of your conscious brain.
Imagine what happens when you apply that power to your work and your life.
Imagine your improved results when you develop some of these habits:
Successful people have learned to build good habits, stacking them on top of each other until they have a foundation of thoughts and actions that make them unstoppable.
Isn’t it time you got started with a little bridge walking?
Laura Posey is Chief Instigator at Simple Success Plans. Her driving mission is to show entrepreneurs how to double their business while taking more time out of the company to make a difference in the world. She is an avid traveler and is always looking to connect with readers around the world.
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