Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:40

Moving Beyond the Life-Hack

Moving Beyond the Life-Hack

 

Doing things in an efficient way is important. None of us want to waste time on a task. As we pointed out in last month’s blog post, our time is extremely valuable!

 

But in this age of life-hacks and shortcuts, we often substitute hard work for convenience.

To further accentuate this point, Navy Seal and Ultra-Athlete David Goggins says this in his book Can’t Hurt Me:

“Everyone is on the hunt for that simple action algorithm that nets maximum profit with the least amount of effort.”

 

As David stresses over and over in his book, the process and struggle of learning, failing, and spending time bettering yourself is much more important than any easy-button outcome. We should look to move beyond the life hack and instead embrace the challenges that come our way.

 

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Sure, if you can do something quicker without sacrificing the quality of your work, then do so. Sometimes just focusing on a task deeply is all it takes to halve the completion time of a task. But for things like fitness, groundbreaking professional work, or even mastery of a skill, there is no such thing as a shortcut or life-hack that will make you instantaneously achieve your goals.

 

Yes, there are things you can speed up through deep focus, but sometimes you should remember that all good things take time. If you want to master more skills, learn more, be healthier, become a better person, and achieve more within your life, you need to move beyond the life-hack.

Mastering Skills

To master anything requires ample time. We need time to make mistakes, learn from them, alter our perception, smooth out the nuances of our craft, receive and integrate constructive feedback, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Robert Greene wrote a book on mastery. In it he says this about this about the subject:

“Most people don't have the patience to absorb their minds in the fine points and minutiae that are intrinsically part of their work. They are in a hurry to create effects and make a splash; they think in large brush strokes. “

 

This is eloquently put, and it accurately describes the spirit of our times. Because we expect so much in so little time, we rarely devote the time necessary to achieve a deep set of skills. But this does not mean that if we work on something 12 hours a day, we can shortcut our way towards mastery.

 

Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000 hours rule--that is, it takes about 10,000 hours of marketing, writing, playing basketball, or whatever, to truly master a skill. The science behind the concept is iffy, but assuming there is some truth to it, it really does takes a long time to get good at something. There is no program that can accelerate your learning and your success a hundredfold. There is only good, old-fashioned work combined with a lot of drive and focus. There are no considerable shortcuts to take!

Diets and Fitness Fads

This could be applied to not only artistry or professional work, but also fitness as well. So often the emphasis is placed on achieving a six pack in 6 weeks, or losing 50 pounds in a month via a juice cleanse.

 

What is lost by taking shortcuts is the discipline, the patience, the toughness, resolve, and skill that is required for successfully maintaining physical wellbeing.And it’s no mystery why so many diets and fitness fads never work.

 

When you look to find shortcuts for fitness and weight loss, you are skipping the grueling months of hard work. Without the discipline to keep the weight off, you will gain it back. Without the consistency and persistence of going to regular workouts, you will quickly lose interest. Think long term when it comes to fitness and achieving a healthy lifestyle.

 

Yes, deadlifting 600 pounds is an amazing goal to have, but getting constantly injured and losing progress because you are trying to leapfrog the required time for strength is a recipe for failure. Take your time! It’s funny if you think about it, but you actually save time if you take your time. This is contrasted with wasting time trying to take shortcuts. Sometimes you have to slow down in order to speed up.

Back to Basics: Action Steps For Moving Beyond the Life-Hack

 

Finding a shortcut through town is one thing, but when it comes to your life and potential, there are no substitutions for the fundamentals of hard work.

 

  1. Next time you are tempted to try the next fitness fad instead of doing what your personal trainer suggests, know that most diets and workouts are designed by marketers and not fitness professionals. Consider sticking to a tried-and-true fitness program crafted by a fitness pro.

  2. Embrace failure and become a lifelong learner. Nothing will guarantee you skip the shortcuts more than becoming comfortable with failure. Likewise, the most effective learners are those who have failed more times than they can count but who still have the grit to push on.

  3. Find a mentor. This means someone who can hold you accountable and make sure you are sticking to the program, so to speak. Don’t worry about being compensated, just know that the knowledge you gain is vital for your continued success.

  4. Next time you are thinking about cutting a workout short or are about to sign off from working, just give it 10 more minutes. Sometimes that’s all you need to catch a second wind, other times that 10 minutes will feel like an eternity. Regardless, you can make a lot happen in those 10 minutes you normally would have just stopped altogether.

Practice these and keep the message of this blog post to heart. And remember, you are only short-changing yourself if you take shortcuts!

 

Published in Blog
Sunday, 28 April 2019 12:03

Time is Your Most Valuable Asset

Time is Your Most Valuable Asset

 

Author H. Jackson Brown Jr. said that we all have the same amount of hours per day as Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Helen Keller had. And it’s true!

 

Our excuses for not having enough time are laughable when compared to individuals who have achieved an immense amount within the same parameters. Yet, it’s so easy to grow complacent and convince ourselves that we’re far too busy to achieve just as much as other individuals!

 

Most of the time, if we would just minimize our daily distractions, focus, turn off the email and social media for a few hours a day, and get to work, we would have more time than we knew what to do with.

 

Because time is your most precious resource, minimizing the ‘time-wasters’ in your life is absolutely essential.

 

Let’s look at some of the most prominent things we do that wastes our time.

Get Rid of the Time-Wasters in Your Life!

Time waster #1:  Social Media Usage

 

Social media marketing is a great tool for growing your business, spreading your message, and growing a community around your vision. But spending too much time on your social media feeds can quickly become a problem.

 

I think we all subscribe to the sentiment that social media in excess is a waste of time. And yes, it can be an absolutely powerful tool for communication and connection, but so many of us wonder where our days go despite habits of checking our social media profiles a few times every hour.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I too can get caught up scrolling through a news feed here and there. However, allowing social media to consume your life can be a tad bit overboard. In fact, most people don’t even know that they’re doing it!

 

If we tally up our daily time spent on social media, we might be shocked. This resource says that on average, 142 minutes a day is spent on social media sites.

 

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Because it’s easy to fall victim to autopilot and the internet’s many clickable distractions, we have to limit ourselves from spending too much time online. Try unplugging for 24 hours. It can be quite invigorating, and I promise, you’re going to survive without it!  

 

Forcing ourselves to not habitually check social media means that we have extra time to hit daily workouts. It also means we can spend time on those projects we never seem to have the energy for. And cultivating discipline towards time management contributes to productivity and less procrastination.

 

Time Waster #2: Lack of Focus and Procrastination

 

We need to approach our daily tasks with a focused mind. If not, we are bound to spend twice the amount of time on a task than necessary.

 

Instead of drifting through a workweek, we need to make every minute count. Instead of multitasking and taking our attention to a hundred different places in any given day, we can focus on 2-3 tasks instead.

 

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Now, we all know the dangers of procrastination. As the information on that webpage shows, breaking down a task into smaller sections and putting aside interruptions is key for keeping ourselves focused on what we need to accomplish.

 

So, instead of avoiding work because it is difficult or makes us uncomfortable, we can learn to break down a formidable task into smaller sections and then force ourselves to finish, no matter what.

 

You can also try reverse engineering a task to save time. This means you can find the solution to your problem first, that you can determine from the outcome how to tackle a problem and figure out the process. Sometimes working backwards can save you a lot of time!

 

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These strategies for saving time are not easy to practice though! It takes a lot of vigilance and self-accountability to make sure you are forcing yourself to focus. This is also where having team members, friends, mentors, family members, significant others, personal trainers, can keep you on track.

 

In that sense, consider setting up a system where the important people in your life are also keeping you accountable for the things you want to accomplish. There is strength in numbers!

 

Also, consider a “will do list”. It will help hold you accountable and at the end of the day when you review. And plus, it’s a great feeling to cross each individual item off your list!

Time Waster #3: Worrying About the Future and Fixating on the Past

 

Of course we are going to stress about the future. We are always going to be anxious about something. It’s perfectly normal to worry about finances or our health. It’s also just as normal to fixate on past mistakes as a sort of prophetic look into the future.

 

I used to have severe anxiety stressing over the future, and to this day, it is personally the hardest thing not to get caught up in. Always feeling like you’re not doing enough is a very common element of being an entrepreneur, so I have my hands full with that on a daily basis!

 

Not such a great way to spend your life though, when you think about it. Nor is it a productive use of time!

 

Again, we want to maximize the hours of our life. This means that when we go to bed, we get deep, restorative sleep. If we are up late into the night, worrying about the future and unable to relax, then your work will suffer. This will then start a vicious cycle!

So, this doesn’t mean that we should just wish away our worries. That too is a waste of time!

 

The point is to actively pay attention to the time you spend worrying. Often time all you need to do is ask yourself: “Am I really being productive right now? Am I wasting precious time I’ll never get back?”

 

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When considering our anxieties about the future, we need to look no further than the padre of positive thinking, Napoleon Hill. In his famous book, Think and Grow Rich, Hill points out this brilliant insight:

“The subconscious mind makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses; (it) will translate into reality a thought driven by fear, just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage or faith.”

 

This idea is alarming when applied to our worries about the future. It is not only a waste of time, but it is also harmful because our thoughts have the power to dictate the way we perceive and interact with the world.

 

Minimize this worry means we have more time to use to enrich our lives, and to learn to positively perceive the world (and even teach others to do the same!).

 

Easier said than done for those with severe anxiety of course! But if you can help it, quit wasting your time by worrying about the future!



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Very briefly, when considering our fixations on the past, you need to remember there really is no point crying over spilt milk. No matter how commonplace that sounds, it is essential for maximizing the amount of time you have at your disposal.

 

If worrying about the future does not make sense after you have analyzed all the time you spend doing so, then by extension, why would regretting the past do any good as well?

 

It won’t!

 

Instead, of worrying and wasting our time fragmenting our attention in a thousand different places every day, let’s see what we can do with the time we have NOW, in the present moment, fully focused and ready to take the world by storm...in a good way of course!

In Conclusion

 

We should follow these steps to ensure our time is being used to its maximum potential:

 

  1. Track and then limit your social media usage every day. If you are using it to boost your influence, to market, or as a means for social outreach, then yes, you should spend a little time every day on each platform. But the next time you reach the end of your day wondering where the time went, look to social media first.

  2. Recruit accountability partners. Whomever you decide to recruit, make sure they are holding you accountable to your weekly goals. This takes a bit of honesty and courage to openly admit to others the areas that you get distracted, but with their help, and your own rock solid resolve, you’d be surprised how much time you really have every day.

  3. Keep focused and stay the course. The next time you are tempted to split up a task into a multiple day endeavor, see if you can actually finish it within one. Don’t underestimate your ability to get ‘in the zone’ and do some really good work in one attempt. This saves up a lot of time where you have to work yourself into a state of focus throughout a multiple-day timeframe.

  4. Try to focus on the present moment. Worrying about the future and fixating on the past is inevitable. But to actively seek to minimize the time we spend in those states is a always a good use of energy. To be sure, where we can do the most good is in the present moment, where we can look to become as engaged as possible.

  5. Don’t waste time complaining! You might have falling into the habit of complaining about every little thing that comes your way. This a form of avoidance. Instead, actively fixing the problems that come your way is much more productive than passively complaining about them.

  6. Plan accordingly and practice self-reflection: If you find yourself not getting as much done as you want during the day, spending the time to self-reflect on your day and measure the effectiveness of how you spent your time is essential for saving time.

So, with this information at your fingertips, the choice is yours to invest your time wisely!

 

 

 

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 13:01

Reclaim Positivity in Your Life

Reclaim Positivity in Your Life

 

Sometimes in our culture, positivity gets a bad rap. Somewhere along the way we started equating positivity with naiveté, as if the only way to be perceived as intelligent, experienced, or successful, is to be a cynical or pessimistic person.

 

Here’s the thing though: That type of thinking is complete nonsense!

 

In fact, success and happiness are not mutually exclusive. What if I told you that positivity could be the wellspring from which all of your strength lies. That despite modern perceptions of positivity, it is actually far more likely you’ll get ahead if you cultivate optimistic habits in your life.

 

So you can either let someone else tell you the type of story you need to write for yourself--from a place of cynicism and negativity--or you can draw from the words of author Ryan Holiday when he says:

 

There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”

In this way, we can choose frame our decisions, outlook, and overall disposition from a place of positivity. It is wholeheartedly our choice!

 

Overcoming Our Tendency For Negativity

 

Now, it is a fact that human beings have learned to looked at the world through negativity biases for millenia now. And this tendency towards negativity has a lot to do with the anatomy of our brains--which will process a negative input much quicker than a positive one due to the part of the brain called the amygdala (that famous fight-or-flight area).

 

But if we know that we’re hard-wired to be negative, we can fight against it.

 

The more we know this fact about ourselves and pay attention to our tendency towards negativity, the more we can stop and deliberately work to turn our thoughts positive.

 

As is suggested by the best-selling book The Secret, there’s a lot of good that can come from actively focusing your thoughts on a positive outcome, instead of dwelling on the negatives that occur.

 

“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstances of your life can change!” - Rhonda Byrne (The Secret)

Instead of letting the negatives take over your brain and override your decision-making process, confidence, and ambitions, you can drastically improve the quality of your life by balancing the negatives with the far more powerful positives!

 

Hell on Earth is Meeting the Person you Could Have Become

 

If we let our natural tendency towards negativity take over our brains, we run the risk of never really striving for greater things.

 

Embarrassment is a negative emotion; failure has very negative connotations that can prevent us from even trying in the first place; fear is a very negative sensation. The list goes on!

 

When considering how negativity prevents us from knowing our full potential, there’s an apt quote to remember:

 

Someone once told me the definition of hell; on your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you became.”

Because we are often chronically self-critical and many of us suffer from impostor syndrome, we all run the risk of continually meeting the person we could have become in life. We need to prevent this from happening by actively cultivating positivity in our professional and personal lives.

 

Here are a few simple tips for doing so.

 

Actions Steps for Reclaiming Positivity

 

To truly practice positivity in your life, there are many things you can do. Some of the most crucial are the following:

 

1. Frame negative emotions like fear, failure, embarrassment, and stress, in a positive way. This means that if we are afraid about a particular life decision, it’s more than likely just our brain activating its self-defense system. That’s all. Remember that if you are nervous, it just means that you care. So, if you can learn to welcome uncomfortable feelings as a necessary step towards succeeding, than you will ultimately be a much more positive person.

 

2. Acknowledge and recognize others. There’s nothing like a little gratitude and praise to help your team members, friends, or spouse, feel a positive emotion. And through this habit you can start to experience life in a much more positive light because. Focus on the positives and you’ll become positive.

 

3. Remember the words of Napoleon Hill: Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Your failures do not define you but are actually blessings in disguise.

 

4. Don’t let others bring you down. By standing on guard and choosing to be positive, even when everyone surrounding you is not, you are actively expressing a desire for positivity. Often times you can lead by example, and those around you will look to you for leadership and guidance.



Stay Positive Folks!

 

With all of this said, you don’t have to embrace negativity to be a successful person. You don’t have to substitute being nice with working hard. And you can have a positive outlook on life and be wildly more successful than those who don’t care for others’ wellbeing.



Works Referenced:

 

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Reality of Impostor Syndrome: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/real-women/201809/the-reality-imposter-syndrome

The Amygdala: http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_04/d_04_cr/d_04_cr_peu/d_04_cr_peu.html

Outlook Gloomy: https://aeon.co/essays/humans-are-wired-for-negativity-for-good-or-ill




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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:28

Are you afraid of success?

Are You Afraid of Success?



A fear of success might sound counterintuitive, but it’s very common, and it doesn’t have to consume your life.

 

It’s simple. A lot of us are qualified, capable, and driven enough to keep learning and furthering our skills, but a fear of the unknown paralyzes us whenever opportunities present themselves.

 

Maybe your reasons for not starting a business or pursuing a career path that interests you are completely justified though.

 

It could be that you have worked really hard at striking a healthy balance between work and time with family, and a new position threatens to take that away from you.

 

Or maybe you are just unsure of the next move to make. That’s pretty normal after all.

 

This is where you need to be really honest with yourself and ask the hard questions like:

 

  • Is my decision not to pursue my passion in [insert job title here] the result of fear in one of its many forms?

  • Am I willing to be miserable in the known versus momentarily terrified in the unknown?

  • Am I afraid that this position will show me how little I actually know about my profession?

  • Am I afraid of working hard? I mean, to be successful one has to work hard after all.

 

The point is this: be extremely honest with yourself and ask the questions that you need to ask to break yourself out of self-deception mode.

 

Oh yeah, and one more thing...quit trying to control what you can’t control, already!

 

Don’t Stress About What You Can’t Control

 

First of all, let’s assume your passion in life is something that you can’t really control. You have interests and passions that were cultivated by myriad genetic and environmental factors, and you couldn’t turn those interests off if you wanted to (why would you want to!?)

 

In that sense, why fight them? Why purposefully move away from what you love to do? Why not follow that stream and see where it takes you?

 

Yes, financial reasons. Yes, circumstances and responsibilities and family and friends...those are all extremely valid things to consider.

 

But let’s say you have decided you’re miserable where you’re at. You are financially stable enough and ready to move. Yet you are too terrified to surrender to the unknown because it makes you uncomfortable...it’s something that you can’t control.

 

My advice is to let yourself relinquish control. Stop trying to have a neat explanation and answer to every little outcome and just follow your passion. Use your passion as an example, a guiding light that you can lean on whenever you’re terrified and life throws obstacles your way.

 

Once you’re ready and have the means, there’s no excuse. It takes practice and courage on a continual basis, but you’ll eventually get comfortable with not being in control.

 

Beating Impostor Syndrome

 

Impostor syndrome is that voice in your head telling you that you aren’t good enough for a promotion or position. Or that at any moment someone is going to stand up at a meeting and point to you, loudly proclaiming that you have been pretending to work since day one and that you don’t belong with the organization.

 

Paradoxically, it is often the smartest, most talented people who suffer from impostor syndrome.

 

This doesn’t meant that you aren’t capable or talented if you don’t suffer from impostor syndrome though! Chances are you have learned the self-confidence and perspective needed to quiet the harmful inner-monologue that often runs rampant with negativity.

 

But for those who are still having a hard time quieting the self-doubt, just recognize it and understand that you hold yourself to a very high standard. This makes you better at your job but also means you are harsh towards yourself.

 

Keep the intensity that makes you such a hard worker, but at the same time, go easy on yourself and trust that you’re qualified to do what you do. A lot of people are faking it until they make it anyways! Cut yourself some slack.

 

And speaking of hard work. You really do need to work hard to be successful. And if the prospect of working intensely scares you, that is a very real reason why you are afraid to succeed. Because success often equates to hard work.

 

Hard Work: Get Used to It!

 

Yes, even your favorite activity in the world will feel like work. That quote about finding what you love to do and never working a day in your life is a nice sentiment, but not quite correct.

 

And that’s completely fine!

 

But telling yourself that one day you’ll find the time to get around to writing that novel or owning your own business is just you avoiding what you could have already started yesterday (most likely at least!).

 

Most people are just afraid of working hard.  Don't’ be that person!

 

When it comes to your future, you need to invest the time and effort into it, whenever you have the free time to give (which is more often than you might be aware).

 

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 14:15

The Path to Success is Rarely Linear

The Path to Success is Rarely Linear

 

We all have hopes and aspirations; to be human is to strive for something. However large or small the feat, we are spurred by action to achieve our subjective successes. Unfortunately, though, a lot of us assume that our life will be a linear progression towards the realization of our dreams. We put in a ton of work, effort, and elbow grease, but sometimes the results are rather lackluster.

 

Disappointment can lead to discouragement, hopelessness, and frustration so palpable that dreams are abandoned for the safety net of settling for something with less risk and emotional recoil. And yes, no matter how much you deserve to succeed, no matter how much of your life you invested into a passion project, yourself, or your business, sometimes success is just not in the books at the moment.

 

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But does this reality have to seem so bleak? Of course not! It might seem like it at the time, but these hardships are actually a blessing in disguise. We are meant to get a little lost, and we are definitely not forced to follow a linear trajectory to the fulfillment of our goals.

 

Can we take our losses in stride and actually use them in positive ways to strengthen our resolve and put us even closer to success? Yes, we most certainly can!

 

The reasons for why this is so important will be discussed below. Let's explore them!

 

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take it

 

The baseball great Yogi Berra supposedly said this. But his humorous directional advice is actually really relevant in this context. If we see a fork in the road, don’t be paralyzed by the burden of choice: make a decision, commit to it, and understand that it might just be a detour in the grand scheme.

 

If the path doesn’t amount to much, that’s quite alright; plenty can be learned from taking the scenic route. And some have even found that the ‘wrong turns’ they made along the way actually altered the shape of the long-term goals. In this context, in the grand scheme of things, there are no ‘wrong turns’, just the inevitable detours along the way.

 

Now, if this sounds sort of cheesy and abstract, it kind of is, but that doesn’t lessen the impact of the principle. Hypothetically, most of us think that our dreams and goals are dangling in the distance, so close but so far away. We can see them, we can taste them, but the more we walk towards them they start to fade like a mirage. We run, we scream, we throw up our fists in aggravation, but the image fades every time. That’s alright!

 

Often, we just need to approach the goal from a different angle. We need to embrace the non-linear path by moving lateral moves.

 

Take the Scenic Route: Don’t be Afraid to go Sideways

 

As this heading implies, sometimes a lateral move is necessary to break through a plateau or to get back on the right track to success. And let’s face it: those sideways ventures can become some of the most life-changing and rewarding moments of one’s life.

 

With sideways moves, what first looked like an obstacle, actually becomes the perfect time to learn valuable lessons and to improve your overall resolve and character. Plus, it can get you out of your comfort zone. All one has to do is change their perceptions about what a detour in life can do for gaining experience and the necessary skills or resources needed to propel past whatever obstacle is in the way. And even sometimes you can skip the obstacle altogether and explore other routes as they present themselves.

 

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Also, think about it this way: if you have a problem to tackle, you can try approaching it head-on. You can keep working at it, determination is a very important skill to cultivate after all. Or you can instead go around the obstacle that stands in your path and explore a new route. You can then approach whatever challenge that you are hung up on from a different angle. And often, what seemed scary and intimidating from the front, usually doesn’t look so bad from other vantage points.

 

But the biggest lesson to learn from all of this is that there are many options and pathways that will lead to your goals. Not always will they be linear: they will snake this way and that, deviate, bifurcate, twist, turn, tilt, and sometimes look as convoluted as a labyrinth. That’s just a part of the wonderful ride. Don’t be afraid to explore as many as you can. Even if that means backtracking a bit.

 

And yes, sometimes moving backwards is the only way forwards!

 

Take Your Losses in Stride: How to ‘Fail’ Productively While You Backtrack

 

There’s a reason why the word ‘fail’ is surrounded in quotes. When it comes to striving for greatness or trying to achieve goals, there is no such thing as ‘failing’. Any attempt, no matter how small or large is an automatic win. What you essentially did was you generated the courage, energy, or desire to achieve something that is important to you, and you put forth an honest effort. If you fell short of the mark, that’s completely fine. All that matters are that you tried and will try again.

 

While on your path in life, you will have to backtrack. You will run into dead-ends that require you to turn around and retrace your steps. Sometimes this can hurt. What looked like the right path was something else entirely. But you undoubtedly learned something along the way. Does it make sense to throw the whole experience away, to essentially chalk up your time spent as just a gigantic waste of time just because you failed? Absolutely not.

 

Instead of throwing away valuable opportunities, we can fail productively. We can take whatever path we walked, and whatever struggles we encountered on that path, and apply it to our lives in a productive manner. And maybe the next fork in the road that we take will be the right one. We can learn to recognize true paths from those that just appear to be the right directions to take. And most of all, we can learn to trust in the journey itself. No one said it would be easy. And like that well-worn statement of old says, “nothing worth having comes easy.”

 

If we can stay vigilant on our journey, be curious and not afraid to explore sideways, forwards, and backwards, we will find success in its many forms.

 

Action Steps and Reminders:

 

1.    Success does not always follow a linear path: We will inevitably run into roadblocks and detours. Don’t let this derail your overall plans. Stay consistent and learn from your struggles whenever possible.

 

2.    When you come to a fork in the road, take it: Understand you will have choices to make; instead of stressing or stalling out, make a choice, see where the path takes you, and make the necessary navigational moves.

 

3.    Moving sideways is always an option: You can take the scenic route by going sideways; sometimes all your mind needs to solve a problem or to move past a plateau is a fresh perspective. A sideways direction can help with that.

 

4.   Backtracking is completely fine: Forward progress is a myth more often than not. Remember, there is no such thing as failure, as long as you keep trying. Learn from your failures by failing productively. And do your best to reorient how you perceive failures in general. Human beings function on a trial-and-error basis; that’s just how we learn. We shouldn’t feel ashamed for trying and missing the mark. At least we tried.

 

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[This blog post was partially inspired by The Obstacle is the Way, which was written by Ryan Holiday. Check it out for more concepts and ideas like those that were discussed.]

 

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Monday, 26 November 2018 13:14

5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals

5 Ways to Achieve Your Goals



  1. Establish a clear-cut goal. This is the “what” of your aspirations. This seems very obvious, but it is a very common thing to overlook. Often, we harbor shallow ambitions about success. Instead of sitting down and thinking “what does success look like to me, personally?” we say vague things like, “I want to be successful and achieve my dreams.” That’s great, there probably isn’t a single person alive that doesn’t want to be successful, but what does that mean to you personally? What are your dreams and goals? Does successful mean you want to be able to finish a marathon or just look great at the beach? Really sit down and figure out what it is exactly you want to accomplish and stay consistent. If you don’t know where you are going, you will never get “there”.

 

  1. Establish the “why”. After you have established the “what” of your aspirations, you then need to dig deeper and search for the reasons why you are working towards your goal. To keep yourself on the right track, the reasons why you are trying to achieve your goals is an important anchor for your overall success. When times get tough (as they inevitably will), having a failsafe in place for your overall aspirations is a smart thing to do. Just think about it and ask yourself, “who am I doing this for?” It could be for yourself, your family, or spouse. Or even all three. As long as you can quickly remind yourself during adversity that your goals are bigger than comfort and rest. In summary, to achieve your goals, you need to rely on the “why” you are doing it in the first place.

 

  1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Don your suit of armor and invite the events and activities that make you uncomfortable. If you need to get a workout in, but you know you are going to be busy until well after the gym has closed, get up bright and early and get your workout in. It might seem impossible at first, and your brain and body will fight you every step of the way, but eventually it will become routine. If your decisions are dictated by your desire to be comfortable, you will never do extraordinary things. Start small and work your way up. Learn to Invite discomfort into your lives!

 

  1. Invest in yourself. You wouldn’t expect to be great at golf without first taking lessons or investing the time in your swing. You also can’t expect to become fit, achieve perfect form, and motivate yourself from square one without a fitness professional to coach you through the process. Again, invest in yourself. You can save a lot of headache, time, and hardship by seeking out help and expert instruction. If your Planet Fitness membership is draining your bank account, and you have nothing to show for it, get off that hamster wheel and consider reinvesting the money in yourself.

 

  1. Lastly, be positive. There is nothing more important than learning how to cultivate positivity in the face of adversity. Just because we are working extremely hard to stay fit and become successful, doesn’t mean that we have to adopt a stoic, long-suffering personality. We don’t have to harden up and toughen up to the point where we become negative and cynical; instead, looking towards positivity should be the long-term goal to supplement our ambitions. We should also hang around positive people. The company we keep really does either bring us down or uplift us. It is our choice to hang around with people who will help us achieve a baseline positivity from which we can learn to build from. Also, audiobooks and self-help books are a great way to frame our thoughts and mindsets in a positive way.




Two Additional Quick Tips for Achieving Success:

 

Give yourself at least 90 days to start seeing results in your training. The process is really gradual, so you won’t notice improvements right away; but when you do, it compounds and snowballs and you won’t want to stop.

 

And stop comparing yourself to others. Worry about you, be positive, and remember that most people are worrying about themselves in fitness classes. They aren’t judging you or sizing you up; relax and focus on yourself and you will love where that effort takes you.

 

 

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