How To Transform Any Area of Your Life

Written by Stephen Scoggins

October 23, 2019

How To Transform Any Area of Your Life

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to wake up each morning, living a fulfilled life, full of passion and purpose?

I used to imagine what it would be like to break free from the local trailer park and not have to worry about how I would eat or if my lights or phone would be shut off. I always knew that I wanted more from my life. Most importantly, I wanted to live a life that mattered.

The Key To Breakthrough

It’s taken many life lessons and seasons of testing to get very clear on who I am, what I’m supposed to do, and how I’ll get there. After three decades of trying numerous things that never worked, I was left feeling frustrated and skeptical. During this process, I learned a divine truth, and that is: we develop and shape our purpose over time.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve learned what it truly takes to master any area of your life. These lessons took me from homelessness to owning and operating several multi-million dollar businesses and finally helped me get control over every area of my life. If you’ve felt stuck, confused, or overwhelmed, don’t fret; all you need to do is learn the right strategies for life, and you can overcome any obstacle in your path. Thankfully, you don’t need to spend 20 years to learn what I did. In this blog post, I’m going to lay out a simple set of steps to transform any area of your life and finally start making serious progress.

First, Get Clear

I discovered not long ago that “true purpose is found in serving the person you once were.” You must decide to become more than you are today if you want to make a positive impact in the world around you. If you’re not moving forward in becoming a better version of yourself each day, then you are by definition: stuck. Unfortunately, life tends to be more like quicksand than mud; the longer you stay stuck, the more you sink in place. In other words, the longer you wait to start, the more difficult it is to finish.

No matter where you are in your life, as long as you are taking daily positive actions, you will make forward progress.

Breakthrough in life is NOT for a select few only. It’s for anyone who is genuinely searching and willing to put in the time and effort to achieve breakthrough and transformation.

– Stephen Scoggins

To transform your life, there are three very important questions you must get complete clarity on first, just as I did before I started living the life I now enjoy so much.

These questions are:

  1. Who Am I?
  2. Why Am I Here?
  3. What Do I Do About It?

How Our Thoughts Impact Our Ability To Transform Our Lives

Lasting transformation comes down to understanding the questions we’re asking. Many of us spend far more time asking questions that begin with “Why?” rather than questions that begin with “How?”. “Why” questions begin with, “Why can’t I?”, “Why can’t they?”, “Why am I always?”, etc.

“How” questions always lead us toward actions and choices, and “why” questions focus on problems rather than solutions.”

– Stephen Scoggins

To see the transformation in your life, it must first happen in your thoughts. For an action to take place, an idea has to occur. So, what is the secret sauce to transforming your thoughts? The first step is realizing that there are no secrets to mastering every area of your life.

The Only 3 Things You Need To Achieve Life-Mastery:

That’s right, there are no secrets to mastering every area of your life. In fact, there are only 3 things you need to do in order to do so:

  1. Deciding That You Need a Breakthrough
  2. Choosing To Live By Better Principles
  3. Consistently Taking Care of “The Fundamentals”

Step 1: Deciding that You Need a Breakthrough

If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve probably already recognized and decided that you’d like to make a breakthrough in your life. This is perfect! You’ve already taken the first step towards Life-Mastery: “Deciding That You Need a Breakthrough.” You’ve decided you’d like to make a change… now what?

Step 2: Choosing to Live by Better Principles

I challenge you to look at any person you admire for their leadership or success and consider their life choices. If you do, you will find that they live their lives by a committed set of Principles, and their Principles guide their behavior. For example, if you currently live a life of poverty or brokenness, then your current set of beliefs are keeping you there.

Higher-developed principles produce higher-developed thoughts, and these thoughts lead to better actions. If you’re repeatedly judging the life you have now as being your future, then you’ll always have that life. The reality is, your mind can learn any information. If you need to handle your income more efficiently or make more income, then you need to learn the Principles that the wealthy use to manage and shape their income. It’s that simple.

Imagine you’re a locomotive train. How’s your train going to get from A to B? Your train can’t go anywhere without train tracks, right? These train tracks are like your Principles. One of the reasons a principle-based life is so productive and fulfilling is because when you live by principles, the decisions you need to make on a day-to-day basis are already clearly defined for you. For example, I know adultery kills a marriage, so I protect myself by not putting myself in times and places where temptations could be. My principle is, “A marriage that’s protected blossoms.” If I want to have a great marriage, then all my actions should be guided by that principle. 

If you are a Train, then the Principles you live your life by would be your Train Tracks.

Step 3: Taking Care of the “Fundamentals”

Next, principles put into action are called ”Fundamentals”. Fundamentals are simple actions that are repeatedly taken to produce your desired results. You can have guiding principles but never use actionable fundamentals and you will stay stuck.  In other words, you MUST take action.

In Summary

Changes begin when you decide to change the principles you live by and take actions based on predictable Fundamentals that always produce your desired results. In short, to have lasting transformation and experience real breakthrough, we need to break down the principles and fundamentals necessary to succeed in each of the major areas of life. In my post, The 8 Pillars of Life-Mastery, I cover every major area of life from finances to relationships, and I share how you can start getting some quick wins, starting today.

Over the next several weeks on this blog, I am going to help you take your beliefs to another level – at no cost to you! If you do the things I mention in this series, you’ll be well on your way to success. I’d highly recommend that you sign up for our email updates so you’ll be notified when we put out a new post. 

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