I’ll let you in on some insider information today.
If you’re constantly achieving what you want, living the life you set for yourself, that’s excellent. You’ve likely figured this out.
However, if you’re wondering why you get the same results in every arena in your life, I have the answer.
Here it is:
How you do one thing in life is generally the way you do everything in life.
That’s sometimes hard to swallow, but if you take a second to realize what I’m telling you, you will see how it makes sense. There’s a thread that connects the efforts, mindset and overall approach that you take to each situation.
It’s no coincidence your results have the same patterns.
Let’s take a simple example: Your current girlfriend complains that you don’t take her on enough exciting and new trips or dates. Your body has stayed the exact same for the past two years. Also, your business has made roughly the same revenue each month for a year or two.
Your root problem in this example is likely the fact that you don’t change up the course of action in life or push yourself, especially when things are stagnating or not improving.
Let’s Uncover These Habits a Bit:
Your gym routine: 3 sets of 10 reps on the bench. 4 sets of 10 reps on bicep curls. 3 sets of 10 reps on the leg press. 4 sets of 10 reps on the squat rack. 3 sets of 10 reps on the lat. pull down. You don’t increase weight, study nutrition, learn about hypertrophy or TUT and you stay the same size. Hmm…
Your girlfriend routine: Burgers on Thursday and Saturday nights. Lunch at the local sandwich shop on Wednesdays. Breakfast at the same spot each Sunday morning. Hmm…
Your business routine: Your products are always the same. You don’t add any new services or grow to learn more information in any way. The level of excellence you command for yourself is not constantly improving. Hmm…
For instance, associates spoke about Sam Walton by saying he was one of the most ready people to wake up and improve something every single day of his life.
He built the biggest physical retail store in the world, valued at over $260 billion.
Everyday Your Choices and Habits Set the Stage For What You’ll Achieve Down the Line
You see, every day you have a choice to live life how you want. If you’re putting minimal effort in each day, you’ll get minimal results over time. However, if you tap into this enormous power, you can push yourself daily and always be achieving new heights of success.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of Elon Musk. He’s the only man alive who has built three, individual, billion dollar businesses from the ground up. He has an amazing quote about working harder than anyone else you know. It goes:
“Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80 to 100 hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.”
Isn’t that what you want? To blast past all possible competition and come out on top? This century’s best salesman Grant Cardone is always talking about competition being for sissies, because there should be one person or brand dominating the market. Look at Apple. Look at Coca-Cola. Look at McDonald’s.
These businesses dominate their space and market; they don’t worry about competing. The founders have all put in these 100 hour weeks when others were putting in the cute little 40 hours. It’s no wonder certain people don’t make it to where they want.
To become truly successful, you will need to become engrossed in your craft.
Learn from everything you can get your hands on, read any books that will give you new ideas to implement, and go to specific meet-ups that are relevant to where you’re heading in life. It all narrows down to how you do one thing. You can always measure from just one action.
Imagine how much material you can consume, understand and implement every day if you get up at the crack of dawn and are progressing until you go to bed?
I’ve talked about this when I’ve mentioned the compound interest mindset. Let’s take to another example, and you see if you can tell me who’s going to come out on top.
Stories of Potential Business Scenarios & Outcomes:
Paul is working 42 hours a week on his new business; he’s just learned about wholesaling a product and creating his own brands. He gets up at 9 or 10 each day, works for a few hours, and then takes an hour or two for a huge lunch.
He heads back to his office and watches a few YouTube videos about being successful, and gets motivated to do some work. Then he puts another 4-6 hours of semi-focused work in after lunch until he’s tired from his enormous meal and stops his work to watch the news.
Jason is working on average 85-100 hours each week on his new business and he decides to wake up at 6 a.m. to go for a jog on his way to the gym, while listening to a podcast specific to his industry.
At the gym, he pops in an audiobook about creating value through a product, and producing money in his life. He jogs back home with more of the same book in his ears. He hits the shower, eats a healthy breakfast and is tuned in to start his workday at 9:30 a.m.
He works for 5 hours on his business until he realizes he’s hungry, but was so focused he forgot. He eats healthy, sustainable food. Something light, and gets back to work 20 minutes later. The rest of the day is spent learning about his craft, working on it, educating himself, and taking healthy breaks periodically to do some exercise.
Who’s going to get ahead in 3 months? A year? 5 years?
It’s a no-brainer.
My question to you is who would you like to be? Paul or Jason?
The thing is that these two figurative men would also apply these ethics of living in all other aspects to everything they did, quite likely. I’m sure we all know of the fat billionaire, or the fiscally unsuccessful yoga trainer. This is not what this refers to.
This is the general understanding that for the most part, people apply themselves in one area of life the same way that they do for all others.
Focus on this principle, understand it, and take hold of it for your advantage.
So how can you tell whether you’re actually making progress or not? How do you know when you’re just wasting time or slowly struggling through the necessary battles to win?
You assess your level of effort at the gym. You assess the level of effort you are putting in to connect with your friends and keep your relationships running smoothly. You assess how much effort you’re really exerting in your chosen projects.
If you’re putting halfway effort into something, it will show in all of the other aspects in life. If you’re putting stellar effort in an endeavor, you are likely doing the same in all other aspects.
This is a general rule to live by if you’re looking to check whether you’re progressing. If you know you always put 100% in everything you do, and have trained that muscle to do so, then you needn’t worry. It’s rare that you’ll be unconsciously slacking for long.
But for those who are wondering if they’re doing better or worse, just check your progress in the last year!
Look At Every Life Area Closely & Measure Your Progress
Health – are you getting stronger, faster, better at your sport, longer lasting cardio, better technique, skills, or physique?
Finances – In the last year, has the money in your bank account, your net worth, your asset valuation, your investments, and your moneymaking skill increased?
Relationships – In the last year, have you acquired more successful friends? Is your relationship with your significant other deeper and improved? Is your inner circle improving constantly or not?
If you’re not sure, a good place to start would be tracking all of these. What you measure increases!
Set up a net worth chart, a fitness goals chart, and a happiness/relationship chart as well.
You can put timely goals and practical action steps on each so that you know where you’re going and measure if you’re getting closer. You don’t have to start huge, and you can just chunk the big tasks down to smaller tasks with each action attached.
The way to get what you want out of life is to apply 100% to it as often as you can.
After you’ve made a solid commitment to this, measure your progress and check frequently whether you’re achieving it or not.
You’ll be glad you did.
After a while, these little actions snowball and end up to be an enormous factor for your life because of everything you’re moving forward.