Whether it's having a more successful business, a healthier body, a stronger relationship or all of the above, people are always on the lookout for ways to improve.
The good news is everyone has the power to create a better quality of life, says author and entrepreneur Tony Robbins, speaking recently at Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul Sessions. The key is answering these three questions:
People tend to focus more on what's missing from their lives, says Robbins. That's not always a bad thing – it's important when you want to make a change, he explains, "but when you do it as an ongoing pattern, how are you going to feel when you're always focusing on what's missing from your life? Awful.
"When you're in an awful state, do you feel like changing things? No, it sucks the energy out of you," says Robbins. "If you focus on what you don't have, it's very hard to succeed."
Instead, become clear about what you want and get obsessed with it, because that combination of emotion and vision is what will drive you.
"We need to get laser focused on what it is we really want," he advises. "Having a clear result or outcome and consistently focusing on it immediately changes your behavior, giving you the momentum" to achieve.
"The meaning you give events, interactions and outcomes determines how you feel," explains Robbins. "By creating a ladder of positive and empowering meanings, you effectively change the direction of your life and provide yourself rational, proven reasons your success will continue."
"Knowledge is not power, it's potential power," says Robbins during SuperSoul Sessions. "Execution trumps knowledge every day of the week."
Most people get inspired to make a change, then end up doing nothing about it.
Robbins says the smartest thing he does is refuse to "learn something or make a decision about something valuable without making myself do something in the moment that commits me to follow through."
Everyone who wants change should do the same, Robbins says, whether that's scheduling a meeting or telling someone else what you're committing to, because if you hesitate, a million distractions will come up and you'll lose your momentum.