As a culture, we get very wrapped up in “what”
we’re going to become, instead of how we become it.
We worry about where we will end up instead of focusing on the journey.
We strive for the end of the rainbow without playing in the rain along the way.
This “end-all” thinking is what leads many astray.
They spin their wheels, they work really hard, they tire themselves and burn the candle at
both ends and still don’t end up reaching their goal.
To be honest, most of them forget what their original intention was in the first place.
They lose themselves in the weeds instead of stepping back and seeing the forest.
Here’s the thing: It all stems from who you are and what you
do today. If you want to drastically improve your life
in a single day, you need to approach your day, every day, as if it’s your last.
Here’s how you can do that: Success begins in the morning.
The easiest way to practice doing what you say you’re going to do is to wake up when
you say you’re going to wake up. If you set your alarm the night before for
6 A.M., and you hit the snooze instead, you’ve just broken your first promise of the day.
Wake up on the first alarm. Keep that promise to yourself. I am relentless about practicing discipline.
We live in a culture where notifications plague our coveted personal space.
E-mails. Texts. Phone calls. Slack pop-ups. Everywhere we go, people can reach us, and
it prevents us from ever really diving into what Cal Newport refers to as “deep work.”
Find opportunities in your day to practice deep focus.
For example: If you are going to sit down to work on something particular, remove all
distractions. Turn off Slack, turn your phone on silent,
turn off your e-mail, etc. A focused hour and a half is worth so much
more than an unfocused three or four hours. You’ll be amazed how much you can accomplish
in a short amount of time when you aren’t constantly disrupting your train of thought. It’s no secret that health, wellness, and
fitness are an important element of business and entrepreneurship.
If you spend all day in front of a laptop, up in your head, thinking and solving problems
and over-clocking your logic and reasoning muscles, then it is extremely important that
you take an hour (minimum) at the beginning or end of the day to get back in your body.
Some prefer going to the gym. Some enjoy yoga or playing recreational basketball.
No matter what it is, make time to get back into your body.
You will be so much more productive and excited about your work. This is one of the most underrated values,
but I believe it is one of the most important. Discipline is a muscle, and it requires practice.
In order to become a disciplined person, you have to create opportunities for yourself
to practice discipline. Take things that are easy to overindulge in
and see how long you can go without them. Give up sugar and candy.
Give up alcohol. Give up watching TV before you go to bed.
Train yourself to let go of things that do not serve your bigger purpose, and get that
muscle acclimated to making decisions from a wider perspective.
People that have mastered self discipline are tremendously powerful in manifesting their
intentions. They understand the value of each and every
life choice, which means they don’t take anything for granted.
Discipline is difficult to acquire, but extremely valuable to those willing to put in the time
and effort. At the end of the day, instead of doing something
mindless, prepare yourself for the next day. Use this quiet time to begin preparing yourself
for what is to come. My suggestion would be to keep a journal.
Reflect on the day and make note of what you accomplished and what you left on the table,
what things you did well and where you fell short.
Audit yourself and see where you can improve — and then write down what you’re going to do
differently the next day. This is a habit most people shrug off without
ever giving it a fair chance. It is so simple, and that’s the point.
It shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes, but it can have a drastic impact on the flow
of your life. Bonus points for those who can wake up the
next morning and re-read what they wrote, reminding themselves of how they are going
to improve today.