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