I reached a feature on Mark Wahlberg. The piece details his rise to fame. From tough + violent beginnings (he allegedly blinded an innocent bystander in a fight). To his brother (of New Kids on The Block fame) helping him get a record deal as rapper "Marky Mark". To a stint as a controversial underwear model for Calvin Klein. Then into the movies, first in bit roles and then up to leading man. And now - as a Hollywood producer (yes, he not only starred in the breathtakingly great film "The Fighter", he also produced it). And as an entrepreneur who has launched a hamburger chain (WahlBurgers) and a water company.
The article depicted him now as a devoted family man, an uber-fit athlete (60 minutes first thing in the morning...sound familiar?) - and as a go-getter who swiftly moves from one mountaintop to the next.
But what struck me most about Mark Wahlberg's profound evolution was not what has happened in his outer world as the years have passed. No, what intrigued me was what's been unfolding within. His personal values have transformed. His faith has awakened. And his moral compass has been completely reconfigured. And because of what's been growing on the inside of his life, big things are happening on the outside of his life. Love it.
We're still in January. You have a fresh, stain-free year ahead of you. If you silence your Saboteur for a few seconds, the reality I need to share with you is that you can pretty much write a whole new script for a whole new way to work + live right now. Yes, you really are that powerful. The question isn't "can you?". Nope. The question is "will you?" (And if not this year - then which year?).
Here are 3 powerful brain tattoos to make this a fantastic year for you:
#1. My Identity Shapes My Reality.
Neuroscience confirms your brain is like a giant spam filter - you only see what you focus on. So if your self-identity is all about being a vicitim, you'll literally spot conditions that confirm your victimhood. On the other hand, if you see yourself as a powerful creator of your conditions, you'll see opportunities to get to your goals - and dreams - all around you.
#2. Dream Big But Start Small.
#3. Vague Plans Provoke Vague Results.
I truly hope that this year serves as a vehicle for you to change the game. That this year is the year you do the best work of your career (a job is only a job if you choose to see it as a job). The year that you get fit like an athlete. The year to get your financial life to a place called exceptional. The year that you grow the family life of your dreams. And the year that inspired you to craft the life you've always wanted to live (and become the person you've always wished you could be).
Wishing you all green lights. Now, go change the world! :)