Read a bunch of books, they said.
Watch a bunch of webinars, they said.
Listen to some podcasts, they said.
You’ve done it all, but haven’t experienced that bright and shiny breakthrough that everyone’s talking about.
You’ve created quite the library of books.
You’ve spent hours watching content, both free and paid.
You’ve listened to endless podcasts.
But nothing. Well, probably not nothing, just not as much progress as you’d hoped for.
So, when do you get your breakthrough?
How come it hasn’t happened already?
Before I teach you how to shift up into the gear you’re looking to operate in, let me first say this:
- You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. Trust the process!
- I’ve been in same spot as you; I’ve walked the same path. I’d love to show you where to go from here. Your breakthrough is closer than you think.
Step 1: Consuming Content
You’ve already taken this step so I won’t waste too much time here. It’s just worth reiterating how important this initial step is.
The great minds of human history didn’t generate life altering ideas by sitting around and waiting for educational lightning to strike. They were curious and diligent about seeking out information. Once they had enough of someone else’s ideas floating around in their heads, they were able to create new ideas from their synergy.
This is the blueprint for how any of us can improve how we operate in life. Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory has a little math equation that simplifies this concept:
Ideas In=Ideas Out
This is simple, yet so powerful.
Shit ideas coming in will equal shit ideas coming out.
Good ideas coming in will equal good ideas coming out.
Great ideas coming in will equal great ideas coming out.
Keep the quality content buzzing between your ears and it WILL produce better things on the backend.
How exactly do you produce such results? I’m glad you asked…
Step 2: Implement What You’ve Learned
Nodding along in agreement as you read or listen to great information DOES NOT COUNT as using the information.
Once you have an insight or feel empowered by something you come across, find a way to take action on it immediately. The longer you wait, the lower the probability that you’ll actually do something about it.
“But I want to wait until I finish the book to try it! There might be more for me to learn.”
Yes, there might be more insightful information in the book that you’re reading or the podcast you’re listening to, but…
…the best way to learn is by trying things out for yourself and actually experiencing the results.
Reading about how a diet will help you drop 20 lbs won’t teach you anything. Putting that diet to the test will show you everything you need to know.
Reading about a new morning routine might be helpful, but you won’t actually learn about the benefits until you give it a go.
So, the next time you come across some content that gives you chills because you know it’s just that good, pause the podcast or put your book down and start experimenting.
This will bring all that content you have squished in your skull to life. It will allow your mind to integrate all of the information you’ve downloaded, accelerating your progress ten fold.
Consuming content is potential energy.
Acting on that information makes it kinetic.
Put what you’ve learned in motion and your breakthroughs will come faster than you’d anticipate.
Step 3: Hire a Coach
Being a coach, I know I’m a little biased. But hear me out.
In 2016, I read about 30 books, I listened to podcasts every single day, and watched any YouTube video or webinar that I thought would move my life forward.
I was a consuming machine.
I put a lot of what I learned into practice and was starting to get some results in the areas of health, wealth, and happiness.
I was in the best shape of my life.
I was present in all of the greatest moments of the first year being married to my lovely wife.
I was blogging regularly, allowing my writing to really take shape (some of my posts from way back when are rough).
My writing improved to the point that other people were paying me to write stuff for them. Blog posts, ebooks, copywriting, you name it; I was making some nice side cash to help other people bring their content to life.
So anyway, things were on the up and up.
I could’ve easily continued at that pace and made some progress along the way, but I decided to invest in a coach to give me some guidance and really take things to the next level.
I looked into this guy named Tommy Baker, host of one of the podcasts that I listened to regularly. Right around the time that I was looking to invest in a coach, he was launching a group coaching program–a.k.a. a mastermind. I took a leap of faith and dove in head first.
This is what happened:
- I went from making around $100 a month in supplemental income from my freelance writing to $1000.
- I went from helping people write blog posts to helping people write actual books.
- I realized I had a bigger purpose—coaching other men who wanted to make more of themselves and their legacy.
I worked with Tommy for 8 weeks and leveled up my income, my purpose, and my fulfillment in life.
Now, is Tommy a guru; someone who solved all of my problems for me? Not. At. All.
He’s a great guy and an excellent coach, but the work—the steps that needed to be taken to create transformation—was done by me.
He just provided guidance and accountability. He pushed me when I ran up against the edge of my comfort zone while simultaneously giving me space to create the magic I was looking for.
The power of a coach is not what they can do for you.
Their power comes from how they show you that you can do it for yourself.
Their power is found in how they guide you to finding your inner strength.
Mental tweaks here. Physical adjustments there. What you ultimately find while working with a coach is that you weren’t far off in the first place. But the perspective and expertise that they can provide can accelerate your growth so fast that you would’ve paid them ten times more had you known how their guidance could deliver such results.
Now Take Action
Three steps to level up your life. Are you game?
You were nodding along for the first step.
The second step seemed simple enough.
There may have been some resistance with the third step.
Lean into that resistance. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. To play at a higher level, you’re going to have to elevate the level of work and intention you put into it.
Your opportunity to transform is knocking. Are you going to answer?