There is a time to be relaxing and a time to grind. Peacetime is the time to grind.
If your priorities are straight, the time to relax always comes after grind time. When you’re setting your sights on your highest potential, and learning from the best, you will always be striving towards something.
The main format of being as happy as you possibly can stems from three main things:
- Being thankful
- Only focusing on the good things in your life
- Striving towards a worthy goal
In order to be as happy as possible, following all three is crucial. Each habit we will add to our routine helps to further our contentedness.
Sweat In Peacetime & Bleed Less In War
The way to ensure you’re getting the optimal amount of traction is to do the hard things when they’re easy. When there’s no pressure. When you have extra time.
This is the time to knock a ton of your work out, when it’s easy to do so. When your parents are paying for your rent and buying food, or when you have free or cheap housing, or perhaps when you don’t have many high expenses.
If you can really get significant progress going during these times, you will stock up for wartime in terms of ammunition and food. Ammunition in food means investment capital, resources, connections, and more.
You don’t want to run dry and then need to find your way out of the hole. Instead, plan for the inevitable hard times and then prepare for them.
This plan is far more effective than being in some trouble and frantically resorting to whatever you have to do.
I’ve been in both positions. Trust me when I say the latter is far scarier.
It’s a desperate and hectic feeling to be running quickly out of money and not have any coming in. It’s a far more secure feeling to have just enough of the bills and food paid for and available, but still be hungry to achieve more goals. To wake up at 5 or 6 and build exactly what you want all day, without having to wonder where the next food is coming from.
Plan For the Worst & Expect the Best
I don’t necessarily like the word hope, due to its passivity; I use the more active phrases expect and visualize more often. I plan all my outcomes before they happen in the desirable way that I want it to go down. They do not always occur this way, but I make sure and give the most attention to the way I want it to happen.
If a worry comes up, I snap it away and supplement the thought with something constructive.
It’s still important to give a bit of thought to what could happen should the worst come along. At times, it rears its ugly head and says hello.
When you want something to happen your way, see it and focus on it happening your way, but give some attention to what you would do in case of the worst.
This is different than having a backup plan.
Plan B detracts from plan A. Always keep the main thing the main thing, but be prepared to quickly pivot and take care of business when you look down and see yourself knee-deep in muddy trenches.
One of my favorite underground hip-hop groups from Seattle, the Knowmads have a quote that sticks in my memory.
It’s important to always be working on that plan A, which is the end goal. If the means change a little bit, well that is life. Never deviate from the main goal though.
It’s important to challenge yourself when you don’t need to. When everyone else is going home after practice, if you’re the one staying past dark, you will progress more than them, and at a quicker rate. It’s like Elon Musk attributing his qualities of success to his hustle:
“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 4 months what it takes them a year to achieve.”
Do you want to achieve more than others in a third of the time?
I know I do.
Sometimes this will mean sacrifice. Sometimes it will mean you won’t see your family for a year or more at a time. Sometimes you must cancel hanging out, spending time with certain people, or meeting up.
It doesn’t always have to be like this, and you are in charge of your own time, but to get to the highest heights, you will have to learn how to say no to certain things.
It’s important to be happy along the way and cultivate a life full of love, happiness and true wealth. But in order to reach high levels, sometimes you must pass up on what everyone else is constantly doing.
You must sweat in peacetime to bleed less in war.
The degree to which you sweat comes down to priority and goal timeframe. If you place business at the highest level of priority, you will spend the most time, money and energy on that. If you want most to cultivate a balanced life and make haste slowly, you will focus on that.
No path in life is inherently right or wrong. This is all subjective.
You can only decide what’s right or wrong for you and your situation.
Decide how much to sweat in peacetime and how much you want to bleed when war comes around.
It’s up to you.