I recently heard about an author who writes three books in just nine months every year. How exactly does he accomplish this incredible task? Surely he must possess some extraordinary amount of motivation and passion.
That is not the case at all. He does it by writing 1,000 words per day for 253 straight days. Compare that to the alternative approach of locking yourself away (for me, it’s a hotel room) and trying to jam out 25 pages a day for as long as you can, until you crack. As you can well surmise, the consistent and daily habit of writing 1000 words a day results in getting things accomplished. Whereas the approach of mustering up a burst of motivation to put in some sort of monumental effort will, more often than not, result in things not getting done.
This lesson extends far beyond writing. It holds true for your work habits, your eating habits, your relationship habits, and virtually every other area of your life.
Most of us repeat this mistake over and over. We often approach a goal or task by getting motivated and pushing for a short period of time. Often it seems easier and faster than maintaining a consistent effort every day or week for a long period of time. However, it is these consistent daily habits that will lead to incredible accomplishments in any area of your life.
What I want you to remember is that great accomplishments and results do not take a massive effort to achieve — just a consistent one.
Iron Mike Stone 2.23.2018
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth!
If you never feel uncomfortable, that’s not a good sign. Life is a journey, not a destination. Comfort zones are not always pleasant places to be; they are just familiar. Your comfort zone may be a job that pays the bills to keep you in a life that you hate; it may be a relationship that is going nowhere but is too safe to leave; it may be physical place, a hometown that you won’t leave because of family and friends even though your dreams won’t ever happen if you stay. Take some time to consider where your life is, and if it’s on the right path to the life you desire. Awareness is always the first step. However, it’s not an easy step. Be brutally honest and carefully examine everything in your life. It may be time to get out of the rut before the rut becomes your grave!
So if you’ve lost the way, how do you find your way back? Check out this blog on: 8 Signs You’re Not Following Your True Path It’s both useful and interesting.
So, you’ve gone ahead and set big ambitious goals for yourself. Perhaps in your business, your health and fitness, your family, or community. Congratulations! Setting goals and starting a plan of action are critical. However, I’m going to talk about what I call “staying in the moment”. This means not over focusing on the end result during your day to day activities. This will only causes stress and anxiety. The goal may appear too far out. You may get fatigued, stressed and discourage if you concentrate on how far you have to go too often. Rather the trick is to have confidence in your plan and then focus on the simple, achievable every day activities.
What do I mean by this? For example on your business– perhaps you’ve got a goal to double your income this year. You’ve set about a proven plan that you believe can accomplish this goal and you’ve broke it down into smaller tasks. Key in on what you need to do today to move down the right path. Maybe that means making three sales calls today? Focus on just that activity. Do it and log it. Develop “daily habits” of the activity. Do not focus everyday on doubling your income, that can cause you to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Have faith that executing the small details will result in the successful completion of your goal. You almost have to block out the bigger goal as you go down the path. Develop a dual mind set- intensive focus on the task at hand or daily work, while reserving focus on the bigger picture for later.
As another example, perhaps your goal for health and fitness is to lose 30 pounds or more this year. What is your plan to get there? What can you do in small increments to ensure success of the plan. Focus on eating a healthy breakfast. Eating a low calorie light lunch. Counting your calories and going for a walk. Then log this every day. Do not focus on how far you have to go or how slowly it seems to be progressing. Have faith that your small daily habits repeated day in and day out will dictate your success. Of course there will be a time to evaluate your progress and adjust the plan if needed. “Staying in the moment” will energize you day in and day out, and you will develop the daily habits that cause your successful accomplishment of your goals.
Check out this article I discovered in Psychology Today. It’s useful and interesting:
Iron Mike Stone 2.2.2018