Tell me how you spend your time and I will predict your future, because the secret of your future lies hidden in your daily routine.
There are no short-cuts! You can’t cheat the system. In fact, the more you try to cheat the system, the farther away from your goals you get. There are no back roads to success; everyone has to climb the same mountain.
Success Is Simple, But Hard 成功，简单也困难
What deceives most people is the fact that success looks so simple, and it is simple. Simple to understand that is. But success is also very hard…and it’s hard because it requires you to be consistent; it requires you to change your lifestyle (your daily actions, thinking, and habits).
…Never forget that your habits will take you farther than your desires!
Desire can only take you so far…before you burn out, you must rely on the train tracks of habit to get you to your destination. 在你欲望灼尽时，它只能带你走这么远，而习惯却能带你到终点。
You have to Change Your Lifestyle 改变你的生活方式
It is your lifestyle that produces rewards. A lifestyle of working hard every day produces certain rewards; a lifestyle of learning everyday produces certain rewards; a lifestyle of eating right everyday produces certain rewards; a lifestyle of focusing on your passion every day, produces certain rewards.
A lifestyle of trying to cheat the system and get something for nothing, also produces, but it doesn’t produce rewards, it produces confusion.
It produces confusion because you don’t understand why you can’t have the results that others have. After all, you’ve been working hard for six months, why aren’t you rich yet. You’ve worked out every day this month, why aren’t you skinny.
Do people gather apples from an orange tree, or coconuts from a peach tree? No, every tree produces after its kind. To produce success, you must have the roots of success; you must have the lifestyle that produces the fruit that you want to enjoy.
You have to change your lifestyle, this bears repeating because this is the key to success. To get the results you want, you must adopt the lifestyle (i.e. habits and thinking patterns) of the people who currently have those results.
When I say “adopt the lifestyle,” I’m saying that you have to live it every single day. Otherwise you end up chasing a mirage in the desert of life. The “mirage” is a shortcut to your goal, and so you run after it, but it’s just a mirage, and it puts you further into the desert, and so you chase another mirage, only to put yourself that much farther into the desert.
Decide today to live a life that produces the rewards you desire. Decide to change your habits! Decide to change your thinking! Decide to learn from those who have already succeeded! (Do what the successful do; if you don’t know what they do – then find someone who’s successful and ask them to mentor you.)
Use what self-discipline you have…to think and act like the successful; use your discipline to create the right habits, and in time, you will be successful.