Day 637. When you are interested in getting better every day and finding creative ways to reach success, you read, try and try again. Whatever book is released these days, from either the gurus of self-development or psychologists and entrepreneurs, three themes are finding their ways as the main three you cannot escape from, beyond being passionate by what you do, which is an underlying theme. Passion precedes the rest, but without the rest, those three themes, passion consumes without producing anything.
- Discipline. If you want to become a better writer, write, even when you do not feel writing. If you want to become a better parent, spend more time with your kids, even when you do not feel it. If you want to become a better salesperson, call more customer, event when you think you’ve had enough. The discipline to put the right effort helps create mastery. Refer back to the 10,000-hour paradigm describes in Outliers. You may not spend 10,000 hours on something and become a master, but may spend 5,000 and become part of 1% that did it, the elite!
- Routine. Establish your routine. That is do the same three or four things every morning or evening to put you on the good track. Routine is the ally of discipline. If you want a healthier life, workout for 20 minutes everyday. Break that sweat! Indulge after with a coffee and a good book, then do a 10 minute meditation. Find your own routine. You may want to be part of the Robin Sharma 5-AM club, or find your own. The important piece is that your routine will compound over time and make you a better person.
- Failure. You cannot learn how to ride a bike by reading a book. You need to go and fall. You will fall many times before being able to ride the bike confidently. The same goes with everything else in life. What you start, you may fail. See failure, not as failure but as a learning experience. The more you fail, the more you learn. If you include your learnings into your routine and your discipline, you’ll succeed. Remember to celebrate your success event small ones, that shot of dopamine will help you reinforce your success mind!
The one thing you have to do is to act. Start today. Only today exists, tomorrow has not yet been invented and yesterday is gone. Start small, dream big. As the old saying goes, Rome was not build in a day. But all it took is laying the first boulder, then the second, the third, etc. Ready?