I tried to apply the Be-Do-Have principle to my life

What is the Be-Do-Have?

First, define what you want to have. This can be anything, because at the end of the day what you want is what you want. Want a Mercedes? Go for it! A stable job in a certain industry? A noble pursuit. 

Next, you must decide what type of person you need to be to achieve what you want. You will need to be honest with yourself in this step. What type of person are you? What things are you good at now, and what do you need to improve on to accomplish your goals? 

Lastly, define what you need to do to become the type of person that will succeed at your defined goal. Over time, this to-do list will expand and essentially define your day-to-day tasks. However, at the beginning it’s best to think of the big picture. For example, say you decided you need to be a more organized person. One of your do items may include keeping a journal, or taking classes in time management.

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How have I used the principle to define my own success?

Have – For me, I tried setting a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) to give myself the best chance at success. I decided that I wanted to have a second source of income within a year that combines my talents and interests.

Be – Looking at my goal, I need to be a few different things. I need to be intrinsically motivated, and able to commit to a project for a long period of time. I can’t be lazy, even for one day. I need to be willing to commit money that I may never get back. I need to accept criticism from strangers and friends alike.

Do – I essentially set mini-goals for myself here in the form of mini-action items. The best way for me to continuously work on my project is to put in an hour each day to tackle tasks. I also decided a good place to start is to assess where I am right now in terms of skills and desires. I want to create something that will keep my interest over time, and the best way to do that is to work on something I’m genuinely interested in.

Wrap up

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