habits to succeed
Change is required of all of us if we are to become anything more than what we are. And the things that require lasting change really aren’t what you’re expecting at all. Like making a few changes in the kitchen to work on looking and performing better. Which by the way of that is your goal, then I would highly recommend getting your hands on Quick Paleo Meal Prep as a guide to the gains! For now let’s talk about what it’s going to take that doesn’t involve a kitchen to get you on the path to achieving what you’re wanting.
MAKE THE CHANGES MEASURABLE
There’s nothing more frustrating than to begin on the journey and feel like you’ve been grinding for ages, only to find out that you haven’t made much progress in the area that you’re working towards. If you don’t know where you’re going or what it will take to get there then you need not start. Making the changes measurable means that if your goal is to create an email list of 20 subscribers per week, then you’ll need to find what your average is now and what it will take to get there. A number is much more quantifiable and traceable than a feeling or an instinct. Simply setting a goal to “look good” won’t get you the results effectively and efficiently, and unless you have plenty of time and energy to waste then you need to do things as effective and efficiently as possible. Instead set a goal of “I weigh x now, and I want to weigh y.” This goal will easily be tracked as you weigh yourself at the same time and following the same routine every morning. We can go over the importance of weighing in on the morning and after rituals at a different time, for now let’s focus on making lasting change!
SET UP REWARD SYSTEMS
I’m not sure about how you handle things, but I know that I love to be rewarded for doing the right thing, and if being rewarded and getting closer to my goal happens at the same time then rock on! So don’t be afraid to set aside a short “rest” or break period. Stefan Pylarinos exemplified this best lately, he set goals for himself to make more money and acheive health goals in a certain time, and the reward was a few weeks in Paris, not a bad trade for making more money and getting healthier. Now you may not be able to afford to do this yet but take time to reward yourself for your hard work, otherwise you’ll begin to hate what you’re doing and it won’t be enjoyable anymore. And the second what you’re doing stops becoming fun is when you start seeking other interests. So if your goal is to lose weight, then set one or two meals aside each week to reward yourself for staying on track! Not only is this a great motivation, but will help your body with a caloric reset and burn fat more efficiently. If you’re growing a business, then take a few months to make sacrifices and reach the income or audience growth you want and take a week off to celebrate AWAY FROM YOUR AREA! I emphasize getting away because you associate work with your habitat, and if you stay in that habitat you will naturally be drawn to work, so get away. I hope these examples are helping!
MAKE THE CHANGES SMALL
Making the changes small makes them achievable and will build success momentum. If you think you can add 30 lbs to your bench in six months then add 15-20. Don’t set lofty goals that are seemingly impossible to reach from where you are. Set a goal that’s monumental and set other tiny goals to stair step your way there if need be and all you can do is think big. The overarching theme is that you don’t want to discourage yourself and make it seem like you’re the problem. Most of the time people people try to build a sky scraper with their tiny toolbelt, and after a year of failure they say “it’s impossible!”. It’s not impossible, it’s just that they weren’t equipped to handle it. If they started with building a bird house, dog house, play house, apartment, office building and then took on a sky scraper they would look at it with a completely different set of eyes and scope of what to do. All I’m saying is the person you are now may not be capable of making 1mil per year or squating 1,000 lbs. but with practice and study you can become that person!
Make a small goal that will get you closer to what you’re wanting to acheive. Whether it’s monetary, emotional, spiritual or physical just make a small goal and acheive it to build your success momentum!
RECOURCES Stefan Pylarinos, Tim Ferriss, Elliott Hulse