Okay, so you know exactly what you want to do with your life. You know what you want it to be.
You’ve spent hours on end over months if not years figuring out who has done it the best. You may even have a few examples of success stories that you want to become the hybrid version of.
You’ve followed them from the moment you discovered them. You know basically their whole background story. And you relate to it, which is why you know you’re on the right path when it comes to following and learning from them.
You guys have so much in common, at least when compared to where they started.
But something is off.
You don’t feel like you’re making the progress that they were. Instead of trucking along you’re moving sluggishly. It’s almost like you’re not moving at all.
How can that be?
You’re doing the same things they did. You’re getting the goods straight from the horse’s mouth.
I mean look at them, how could you not be getting closer to where they are when you’re doing what they told you to.
Something’s got to give. You’ve wanted this for so long you can’t keep spinning your wheels. You need to see some real progress.
You’re Doing It
You are, literally. If they attribute anything to their success you make an attempt at it.
And after all of your attempts what do you have to show for it, frustration.
But being successful is more than just doing one specific thing, or even a half dozen random tasks.
You actually have to be doing a number of things for it to all come together.
See, you’re focused on the things that directly impact what you’re trying to accomplish, without considering the other fundamental things that help.
In fact, the other fundamental things would help you do the specifics tasks better, propelling you forward.
Just think, all this time you thought that just doing what they said would get the job done. But now you’re starting to realize that you’re missing something.
The difference between you and them is more than just the things they did on the road to achievement directly relating to their goal.
That’s was the problem all along, you thought it was just a matter of doing what they said.
Not to say that what your idol is preaching is all boloney but you do have to do some basic stuff.
It’s like when people try to copy Michael Jordan’s basketball success. It looks as simple as copying his stance and getting the league to notice you.
But there’s way more to it. No one considers the basic things he did to perfect his leaping ability that sets up his slam dunk.
You just see it and think, okay run, jump and slam. Like a typical person can effortlessly travel mid-air.
But if you actually do that you might get hurt, instead of making the basket.
Supporting Your Efforts
What you’re being told to do can be the best way to get you to your goal but if you don’t have a good foundation a number of things can get in the way.
Good basic habits properly set you up to get nothing but net every time.
That’s why they’re so necessary. Because they don’t hinder you, they help you. They can even make the transition from one thing to another easier.
That’s why you have to have this in place if you want to be successful and productive. It’s going to help you make the change you so desperately need in your life.
1. Be Present
I know we all wish that all tasks were mindless and we could all go about doing them without too much mental pressure, but that’s not how things are.
There are going to be a lot of tasks that require mental stimulation and there’s just no way around it. Furthermore if you want to be successful you’ve got to give it your all.
So when you’re doing something make sure that you’re there more than just physically. You need to be aware and conscious of what you’re doing.
Not only will you end up being more productive but you might even discover a better way of getting the job done. And that’s awesome.
Besides, you no longer have to worry if you completed the task or did it was right. When you’re not present everything becomes a blur and things become hard to recall.
Being present keeps stress and worry at bay while keeping you confident.
2. Make a List
You might be doing this already but you’re not doing it right. That’s why it’s not working.
Right when you need to get cracking on things, you probably sit down and try to figure out what you need to do. To you it probably seems like the right thing to do, but do you see how this is counterproductive?
Instead of actually being productive by doing things on your list, you’re trying to create it.
That basically means you’re not getting anything done. See?
The best way to handle this is to make your list the night before. At the end of the day you know what you exactly when needs to be done tomorrow.
You probably even review it in your head. But what you really need to do is write it down, not just recite mentally it.
That way the next day you don’t have to try and remember everything. Once you’re ready to start you just grab your list and jump right in.
You’re probably used to picking out the easiest task from your list to make for a simple start, but that really doesn’t get things done. Simple tasks can usually be done in a snap, so they can wait.
Once you have your list in place, quickly prioritize it for the best results.
No need to rewrite the whole thing, organizing things as you go (which would take up more time).
Out of everything on the entire list there are 1-3 things that have to be done that day, star those and make them your priority. That’s where you’re going to start.
Stop starting out the day slow, that’s not going to get you far. You need to begin with the most effective task.
Watch, the results are considerably different. Instead of feeling like another day was wasted, even if you don’t finish the list you’ve still made an impact.
4. Sleep Well
You stay up all night just to regret it the next morning. Yet the cycle continues on and on.
You probably even think just a few hours of sleep will suffice. That doesn’t work out too well when you’re trying to convince yourself to take a nap when you know you should be working instead.
Getting a good, full night’s sleep ensures that you’re ready to take on the day. Best of all you don’t have to battle Mr. Sandman when you should be motivating yourself.
What?! What does this have to do with guaranteed success? Lots!
Meditating is a wonderful way to regroup and distress. It can also help you sleep better, adding to the previous point discussed.
Most notable for you, mediation improves brain function.
Once you begin to meditate regularly the benefits become noticeable. Your mind becomes sharper, you gain focus and your awareness is enhanced.
I’m sure I don’t have to explain how that can help you.
6. Check Goals
You know your goals so you probably don’t see any reason to check them but there is.
To achieve your objectives you have to keep them at the forefront of your mind.
You brain is great at sorting things out. When you keep reminding yourself of what you’re trying to accomplish, your brain will figure out different ways to achieve it.
In order to hit your mark you have to be on target. And this is the best way to make sure that you are.
7. Final Review
I know sometimes your day can be rough and the last thing you want to do is relive it but you need to give it a once over.
Looking back at your day, no matter how hard or seamless, reacquaints you with what worked and what didn’t. Once you review everything you hone in on what mistakes you are not to make again and how to change things the next time around.
Knowing what you could’ve done better straight out of the gate prevents you from having the terrible reminder of why something didn’t work out the first time in the middle of doing it.
The last thing you want to do is to be caught in a cycle of the same mistakes.
Lay Your Foundation
Habits are things that you do without even thinking about it. They’re great because they require zero willpower. They’re so natural to you.
Some people think that they can’t control them but you can, and you can change them.
Initially your habits may not be the best and are putting you farther away from your goals and desire for success. You can learn all the specific actions you need to take but still fall short due to bad habits.
But that doesn’t mean all is lost, you can still turn things around.
Good habits are the foundation that you need to build everything else upon. If you have bad habits it won’t work. It’s like trying to build a stable house on a rocky foundation.
To guarantee success and see the results you long for good habits have to be in place. Once they are nothing will be able to stop you, nothing.
Which one of these habits are you guilty of not having?