In the 25+ years I have been studying the science of psychology in the business world, certain obvious facts have emerged about how to create success in one’s personal and professional life.
First, the word “success” is best defined by the person using it, and nobody else. Unfortunately, people have a tendency to listen to what others say the definition of success ‘should’ be. This leads us to chase our tail, trying to achieve their success when ours is actually so much different. This also explains why some people struggle to follow the guidance of so-called gurus – it’s their success, not our own.
Second, uncovering our definition of success can be difficult. Our inner voice is often drowned out by noise in our head. You know what I’m talking about – the noise that whispers in your ear that you’re not capable, you should be doing something else, you aren’t good enough, you’re making mistakes, nothing ever goes right, someone will discover you don’t know what you’re doing and all the other BS that blocks you.
When you combine external noise with internal noise, it’s no wonder you can’t hear yourself think!
My fundamental belief is quite simple, and it is this – the depth of your self-awareness equals the breadth of your success, however you choose to define it. This holds true for life in general but also for different areas in your life. For example, your definition of success in a personal relationship is probably different than your definition of success in a business relationship. And the success you define for yourself in your 20’s is very likely to be different in your 40’s.
So the degree to which you know yourself is the degree to which you can create the opportunities and make the choices and decisions that will take you where you want to go. This premise is not new, but it flies in the face of many of the books, articles, videos, seminars, workshops, life and business coaches, and other resources that are out there. This isn’t to say that there is no value in these resources; but every great solution requires a problem and even if the problem doesn’t really exist, you can bet that somebody will create it anyway!
The Morris Code book series helps you deepen your self-awareness. The Morris Code is a set of simple attitudes and actions I have learned over the years to be the most effective in helping someone define their own success. Understanding The Morris Code helps reduce that internal, unhelpful noise so that you can deepen your own self-awareness.
In a nutshell, The Morris Code is:
1. Use procrastination to your advantage by understanding what it truly is.
2. Stop shoulding on yourself and others.
3. Pursue performance goals persistently and consistently.
4. Have more want-tos in your day than have-tos.
5. Personify integrity – say what you mean and mean what you say.
6. Live in your sense of source, whatever that is.
This first book in the series explores procrastination from a new, science-based approach. Plus, there are dozens of ideas for increasing your productivity and work performance by rethinking “time management”.
We tend to have a lot of internal conversations about our work and whether we think we are effectively contributing to a greater good. Our workplace is also the base for many social relationships. These factors play in to our self-esteem and confidence, making the workplace an ideal place to start in a journey of self-awareness.