180: Three Steps to Changing Anything In Your Life, with Michael Bernoff

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Hey hey! Welcome to episode 180 of Life on Fire. Can you remember a moment in your life when you decided that other people could do something that you couldn’t do? And in that moment you told yourself there was just something about you that meant you weren’t going to have what they did.

If you answered yes you are not alone. In fact everyone has done this, it’s part of the human experience.

On episode 180 of Life on Fire Michael Bernoff, legendary personal development coach and ultra successful entrepreneur, shares a time from his childhood when he told himself he couldn’t do something that others could. He shares his story, as well as the three steps necessary to breaking through the chains of that story.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • When does everything become a learning experience? (6:20)
  • Do we all create boxes for ourselves that tell us what we can and cannot do? (22:30)
  • Why you’re better off without a plan! (27:05)
  • What Samuel Adams can teach you about success as an entrepreneur. (29:35)
  • Why building stability is important. (32:25)
  • And so much more!

According to Michael one of the greatest challenges we will face as entrepreneurs is having been raised in a middle class family. That’s why so many people are comfortable: they have enough food, a warm home and clothing. They didn’t come from a foreign country with no money and no belongings, so they aren’t motivated.

But Michael has had that spark within him since he was a kid: a hunger to do more, be more and express more in the world. And as an entrepreneur or someone who wants to be an entrepreneur you do too.

Rather than creating a plan for your success Michael suggests you simply jump in. Take Samuel Adams for example: when he started brewing beer he wasn’t worried about growing or expanding his business. No, his only concern was selling his first 12 pack! Once he’d sold some kegs and saw people were interested, then he began to put together a plan for his business.

Those topics highlight the first two of the three steps to changing anything in your life: decide you are hungry for it, you aren’t happy with where you and then take action to produce consistent momentum.

Let’s look at each of those steps more in-depth.

1. Decide you aren’t where you want to be.

You must realize and decide you are not where you want to be. Decide for yourself you are not okay with things as they are right now. Because if you’re comfortable with everything as it is then you won’t have the same hunger, fire and passion for change.

2. Consistent action and consistent momentum.

Now that you’re hungry for change take action. Get yourself to take consistent action and create consistent momentum. If you can do that you are on your way to leading a richer, more fulfilling life.

3. Change your perceptions and how you see things.

Do you believe certain things aren’t for you? Why do you believe that and is that belief really true? Or did you just make it up or buy into it because someone else told you it was true?

Michael shares the story (one of many great ones on today’s show!) about a client of his who told Michael the doctor diagnosed him as having persistent anxiety. The doctor also told him he’d have it for the rest of his life. When the man told Michael this he challenged him to examine that perception: does he really have to have anxiety for the rest of his life or could it be that he hasn’t found a way to better understand himself yet and alleviate those feelings?

Consider where you have created limiting beliefs, and boxes for yourself in your life, and then consider whether or not they are actually true. Is it possible you could take something you gain from listening to this show or attending a Life on Fire event and change that limiting box you’ve created? Could you allow what you learn to become that person you really want to be?

Listen in for an exercise Michael walks you through that examines those questions, plus some very funny and insightful stories he shares about the secrets to being a successful entrepreneur. It’s all here on episode 180 of Life on Fire!

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