I recently discovered that it’s not that much about the environment – where do you live, with whom you live – on what you become. Yes, environment affects your chances of becoming a success but it doesn’t have that big part as it gets generally portrayed.
You can simply ask yourself the same question and then try to remember a situation of the past where tides were against you, the environment was totally wrong but you managed to succeed. Did environment was supportive? Did it play a role in your success?
The simple thing is if you want to be awesome, you find a way or you make one. If your desire to become great is too strong, come hell or high water, you make things work.
Once upon a time, in that room, I………..
Let me share a personal example to make it more relatable. I had been living for 10 years somewhere and I recently shifted to a new flat. The place where I had been living for so long, I used to cringe due to the noisy environment there.
Tenants living on the first floor used to make a hell lot of noise – their TV, Kids. Their TV used to run on high volume. And if not TV, then they found a way to creep the hell out of me.
And to top it off, my family used to have its own contribution. I crave for books and guitar a lot. Most of the time, I either want to read a book or want to play guitar both of which require silence which I was deprived of.
I used to wait for everyone to sleep which meant I was awake till 12:30 am or 12:45 am waiting for silence to prevail. Then I used to read till 3am or 2:30am. I had a list of books to finish, blogs to read and articles to consume.
By Blog I meant reading every single article on a niche blog till I find that the writer now has started sounding like a broken record – a common thing. By articles I meant, yes of course, articles.
To play guitar, I continued irrespective of the noise. Playing guitar at 1 am is not good for your guitar health. Someone in the day time could take the revenge. And I love my instrument.
Thus, by one way or the other, I found a solution to the problem. I waited for everyone to sleep continuously during the last winters – from Nov to Feb – and read I saved for myself. I played guitar whenever I found the time.
I managed because I wanted to. Because I had that deep desire to finish those books and read those articles or finish those songs. I was too focused that I found ways to make things work despite the environment totally hostile to my goals.
After I got what I wanted, this happened next……….
Nowadays, when I go home, there uses to be pin drop silence – what I generally crave for – and no human to interact with – the awesome thing. And what do I do? Yeah neither I read a single damn book that I purchased nor do I finish the guitar lessons.
Nothing is what I do!
And I know it. And now I’m working on well not on the environment anymore.
This is what I have to do next………..
Of course getting that zeal back to do whatever you have planned. A regimentation that is stronger than your strongest weak emotion that wants you to sit and relax. Simply put, I have to again build a system that takes me to the end goals I’m craving for.
Without a system in place, you get nothing. Everything will be in your favor but you will fail. This is why a son of a rickshaw puller cracks IIT while a guy sitting in an AC room and all the books and resources around fails. The other guy has a system in place.
What is a system you ask? A system consists of your daily habits that if you do for a longer amount of time leads you to the goal you have set. In fact, you choose habits after you have set your targets.
Conclusion: Habits or Thought Process aka system > (Environment) 2