This is a fun piece I found on my computer that I wrote when I was about 18 or 19 years old. The writing is a bit unprofessional and I tend to repeat myself a few times, but hey, the advice is still actually pretty good! I hope you enjoy it. - Martin
Hi, my name is Martin Bentsen, and I have designed a short crash course that will help you change your state of mind from being a dreamer to a being a doer. I feel that so many people think they are either not good enough or not ready to accomplish their big goals in life. But the truth is, you are ready, but you just don't believe you are. The time has come to take control of these harmful frames of mind and just throw them out, because they are the only reason you aren't accomplishing the things you want to accomplish.
You must read everything in this course and actually do the steps as we go along, otherwise this course won't do anything for you. Remember, it is short and to the point so that you can actually get through it.
Did you know that the only right time to start something to better yourself is now? There is absolutely no reason you should put off things that will help you move forward in your life.
You are never "not ready." The only thing that makes you not ready for a positive change in your life is your belief system. This structure of beliefs is what causes you to behave the way you do. Hopefully we can change that in this short course.
Some people say, "I have no time for anything, I'm too busy!" Well, I say that's a load of crap. You are never too busy to change your life for the better. What are you so busy doing? Perhaps those things that you are doing now are what have been causing you to live a life that you don't like?
Action Step: Write down all the things you do in your life that you think are stopping you from doing what you really want to in life. If you can come up with about five things that are holding you back, you should be good for now. Eventually you'll want to make the list larger and larger, but for now five things should work.
Action Step: Take those five things and determine how your life would be different if you stopped doing them and replaced them with something that would make your life better (don't worry, if you can't think of anything to make your life better, we will get there in a few minutes).
The biggest thing to take away from this chapter is that you are always ready to accomplish your goals, but most of the time there are things you do that make you think you are not ready, or that you are too busy. What do you spend your free time doing? Do you watch TV a lot? Surf the internet? How about changing that to something that will better your life? How about spending quality time with the family, or writing a book? Think about the things in your life that are making you believe that you aren't ready, and think about what would happen if you changed them and replaced them with things that could help you move forward with your goals instead.
The biggest thing to help you reach big goals in life is to realize that no one can climb Mount Everest on their first day out, even if they are very fit. Goals like that take time to reach, practicing on other mountains, training, buying supplies to help you along the way…
So many people look at the big goals and think they will never get there because it seems so far off and looks so difficult to accomplish. The truth is that if you want it badly enough, you have to think about the three choices, as I like to call them. Here, you can only choose two:
Choice 1: Money
Choice 2: Quality
Choice 3: Time
This is a saying used in the film industry all the time (I am a filmmaker), but it can be applied to any large task you set out to do, like writing a book, creating a company, or making a film… or even climbing Mount Everest.
So basically, you have three choices, and of course you have to determine which is the best one, based on the project you are trying to accomplish and the resources you have. But here they are:
1. You can spend all your money to do a high quality job very fast… by hiring help to assist you along the way.
2. You can sacrifice quality by doing a fast job and spending no money.
I am going to go with choice three, because I am assuming that you don't have much money and want to better yourself personally, rather than hiring help to do it for you. Otherwise, why would you be reading this course?
So the question becomes: Do you have time?
Most people say that they don't. But again, this relates back to chapter 1 because everyone has leisure time, And if you don't want to work towards your goal all day (which I don't recommend because you'll burn out and quit), be prepared to spend about a year or two accomplishing something big.
Action Step: Think of times for about five to seven days per week where you can spend about fifteen to twenty minutes working towards your big goal. Remember, any thought process or brainstorming also counts. I don't mean sitting around and actually building the car you've dreamed of yet. I mean thinking about where you might be able to buy the supplies, or thinking how you will come up with the money to do it. Spending a little time per day actually thinking about how you are going to accomplish your goal instead of just dreaming of the results will make a big difference.
Remember: Success is bred by action.
Action Step: Think about how to act first, and then once you know how in detail (by doing some research if necessary), start spending those fifteen to twenty minutes a day doing it. It's kind of like a snowball effect. As soon as you take one little step towards doing it, you will start to take more and more. But on the other hand, if you take too many, you will get burnt out and stop. Same thing if you go away on a vacation for a bit and stop. It will be hard to pick up where you left off.
I encourage you to at least think about the steps needed to accomplish your goal and then make them a reality.
I encourage you to set huge goals! Set crazy out of this world goals! That may seem contradictory to the title of this section, but it is not. Crazy goals are reachable too, they just take more time and more work.
Set wildly high goals that will transform the way you live. Maybe make your goal to get in great shape and have a flat stomach or six pack abs. Or to write and sell a book for millions!
Action Step: Set a huge, unreasonable goal! Now, once you have your goal, break it down into doable parts. Decide what you need to do to get those six pack abs. If it involves getting a membership at the local gym, write that part down. Do some research and determine what is necessary to achieve your specific goal, and write all the steps down.
Action Step: Now, write down specific reachable dates for each of the steps along the way to the ultimate goal. Think about a doable amount of time for you to accomplish your goal, depending on how long per day or week you plan on working towards it.
Once you have your list of steps and goals, you will have a hard and concrete plan on how to reach a goal you once thought was unreachable. Stick to your schedule.
The system of writing down on a calendar what you plan on achieving actually allows you to track yourself and see how you are doing at any point along the way. If you know a deadline is coming up for you to reach the next step and you haven't been following through, you know you will have to work harder the next few days.
Action Step: Tell your friends on what you plan on accomplishing, and tell them the date. Once all your friends know, it will force you to go through with it because you are leveraging yourself into a situation where you will feel embarrassed if you fail. It will make you much more likely to actually proceed with your plan.
There is no time like now. If you don't do this today, right now, as you sit here, you may never do it. And I say this with sincerity. You have to ask yourself how valuable is reaching this goal to me? Make it a life and death situation if you have to. Pretend you will lose everything if you don't reach your goal by the date you set.
There is no time like now because here you sit, reading this crash course. Again, as I said before, it is a snowball effect and the snowball must simply be set in motion.
I swear to you… I will be so angry if you read this whole course and then do nothing. Why, why, why? There is absolutely no reason not to start right now.
Remember, all it takes to start is a pen and paper, or even simply thinking about what you want to accomplish, and how to achieve it. But you should write it down because it makes it more concrete.
Action Step: Buy something at the store, like a pen and a small pad. Bring it with you wherever you go. From now on, when you are out somewhere bored, waiting to meet someone, or waiting for a plane, etc., just take out your pad and write ideas down, or at least do something that will help you. Thinking is a great force because it allows you to come up with better ways to accomplish goals. So even if your goal is to get in great shape, and you can't work toward it at the airport, thinking about it and forcing yourself to write down ideas may help you come up with new workouts to try later on, that could help you reach your goal faster.
Don't underestimate the power of the pen: it forces you to think.
-Buy a pen and paper.
-Write down things that you are wasting your time doing. Things that don't add any value to your life.
-Write down things you could be doing instead, that would bring value to your life.
-Write down your biggest dreams.
-Write down action steps to help you get there… small reachable goals.
-Determine dates for you to reach each goal.
-Tell all your friends on what you plan to do. This is the hardest part because you don't want others to think you'll fail… but the point is to show them all up that you did it!
-Make the changes, and slowly start working towards your goal!
-Track yourself and see if you are reaching your individual goals.
-Continue reading each of my newsletters with advice on where to go from here.
-Email me if you have any questions at all, I am here to help.
Every goal is reachable, and it only takes you to believe you can reach it.
You're only ready when you believe you are.
Resources are unlimited if you want something badly enough, because you have a brain to think of other ways to get it.
So… what do all of these little phrases have in common? You. If you truly believe you are ready for something, you are ready. Honestly, there is no reason you shouldn't be ready, because if you want something badly enough, there is always a way to figure out how to do it without spending a fortune. Time is the only substitute for money.
But do you want to know the good thing?
To accomplish almost any big goal, you won't need to spend more than a couple years. And that is not a long time. A couple of years, even three years, is much shorter when you make accomplishing your goal just a small part of your time.
If you can use your time a little bit more efficiently, and instead of spending four hours watching TV, you spend 3.5 hours watching TV and 30 minutes working towards your goal each day, it won't seem like a lot of work, but after a while, you will have your first draft of a novel written!
You won't even notice it's happening but over time, these small things add up.
So just put down this course right now, and start making tiny little baby steps, small enough that you don't even notice they are happening. Eventually you'll have accomplished all your dreams.