You were born to win.
“95% of our society — the ‘mediocre majority’ — fail, time and time again, to start exercise routines, quit smoking, improve their diets, stick to a budget, or any other life habit that would improve their quality of life. Why? Most people don’t realize the seemingly unbearable first 10 days of a new habit is only temporary.”
-Hal Elrod, best-selling author
I’m embarrassed about how much I’ve struggled with my latest online course.
I’ve re-written the outline for the course at least a dozen times. (Like, fully-fledged outlining and drafting, several pages each time). I’ve renamed it half a dozen times. I keep redoing everything, over and over.
It’s been over 6 months, and I’ve still on the drawing board.
I keep looking at other online courses by “better” writers. I see their price — $1997 or something — and I keep thinking to myself how I’ll never be able to charge that much. I imagine these writers earning thousands of dollars a day.
Then I look at my own day’s earnings and feel sad.
What am I doing about it all this?
Well, I’m trying. I’ve done little things. I bought a backdrop and some video equipment for recording. I think I’ve settled on a name. I have a list of the lessons I need to record.
Basically: I’m doing what I can, every single day. It’s been months of thinking, debating, despairing, trying, and overthinking — but I do a little bit of work on it nearly every day. At least I’m consistent.
And that’s the best you or I could ever do.
How to Stay Consistently Motivated Long After the Initial Excitement is Gone
“If you’re ‘interested’, you come up with stories, excuses, reasons, and circumstances about why you can’t or why you won’t. If you’re committed, those go out the window. You just do whatever it takes.”
When I first had the idea for this course, I was excited.
I was journaling about it, talking it up to my peers and readers. I had so many ideas. I couldn’t wait to get started.
…That’s not how I feel anymore.
The truth is, most people quit a new goal in just a few weeks.
This is science-backed. They can’t get past that initial motivation. Even the most disciplined people have difficulty staying committed. It’s why the majority of New Year’s resolutions will have failed before February even arrives.
But inevitably, a small, elite group of individuals consistently see incredible success — in their relationships, health, income, and career.
How can you stay disciplined and consistent in the face of difficulty, boredom, confusion, and fear?
This problem was so prevalent among my readers, I created a coaching package just for this problem. Because the solution is important:
You need to be committed, not just “interested.”
Most people are merely interested, nothing more — they’re “interested” in writing a book, losing weight, running a marathon, or paying off their debt. Rarely does an individual choose to fully commit to their actions.
The great businessman and author George Lorimer put it best:
“Most people would rather make a million dollars in their head every night than $100 dollars in cash every day.”
The truth is, most people spend far more time dreaming and thinking about their action (myself included) than they do actually making progress.
This happens when you’re not fully committed. A big success requires a big commitment.
If you want to be able to consistently stay motivated and make progress — no matter what — it starts with your level of commitment.
Are you committed, or merely interested?
Why haven’t you committed yet?
What will success look like if you achieve your goal?
Is your commitment worth it?
You Can Fix Stuff Later, But Starting With the Right Raw Materials is Better
A better result starts with a better you.
A lot of people jump right in to a huge goal — no thinking, just action. And I love this. More people need to do this. Shut up, stop thinking, and start doing. That’ll instantly put you ahead of 90% of other people. Maybe even 95%.
But this method, while effective, becomes too simplistic over time. It’s blunt. As you mature and gain new masteries, you’ll need better techniques to get bigger results.
And bigger results start with a better you.
You can change stuff later, but starting with a healthy, whole, sharp mind is critical.
You can plant a palm tree a mere few degrees off-center; it’ll be completely sideways by the time it’s matured.
You can fly an airplane a mere 1 degree off-course, and by the end of your journey you could be hundreds of miles from your original destination.
Starting with the right raw materials — your mindset, commitment, and actions — is critical.
Consistency Beats Luck, Talent, & Good Intentions
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge
The most effective, productive, and accomplished individuals have always lived by the same code:
Small progress, every day.
This is how best-selling novels are written.
This is how Olympians win gold.
This is how local theater actors become world-famous.
This is how you will achieve your biggest goal.
See, consistency isn’t complicated. Success isn’t complicated. You do what you need to do, every day.
In the words of motivational speaker and best-selling author Jim Rohn:
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.”
All you need to do today is the basic fundamentals. Just a little bit. Then go to bed, rest, and do a little more tomorrow.
This is how you remain consistently motivated, overcome any obstacles, and reach a truly huge goal.
Small progress, every day.
If you can do it every day, you’ll be enormously successful. Why? Because so few people do their small progress, every day. If you want to be, you can achieve your biggest goal, and it probably won’t take you nearly as long as you’d expect.
Just do a little bit of work, every day.
Consistency beats luck. Consistency beats talent. It beats good intentions, dream boards, and connections.
Just do it today. And again tomorrow.
Choose To Use Your Obstacles to Become Stronger
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.” -Darren Hardy
After reading many autobiographies of the world’s most famous and successful individuals — Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tina Fey, Anthony Bourdain, Steve Martin, etc. — I’ve noticed a pattern.
All these individuals used enormous adversity to propel them to greatness.
Schwarzenegger used his hulking muscular frame and thick accent to stand out from any actor in Hollywood. (He later became the most famous and highly-paid actor in the world).
Tina Fey used her arduous, difficult challenges writing for SNL and put them into her own show — the wildly successful and Emmy-winning 30 Rock.
Anthony Bourdain stopped trying to “fit in” the restaurant world — he used his constant rejection to start his own platform, and influenced the lives of millions. Future Hall of Fame player Ray Allen used the racist, oppressive characters of his upbringing and channeled the energy into becoming an NBA champion.
Successful people have always used their obstacles to become stronger, better, and smarter. If you want big success, you must act like those who already have big success. As founder of SUCCESS Magazine Darren Hardy once wrote:
“The key to becoming world-class in your endeavors is to build your performance around world-class routines.”
This is true for myself, too. All around me are other writers who are far more connected, more talented, and more popular than I am. Many of them were lucky — they knew the right people, had the right connections.
Not me. I had to write for 4.5 years before anyone read my stuff. Instead of being jealous and resentful at these other, “luckier” writers, I put my head down and worked. I wrote every day. I learned. I studied. I got serious. Now, I have a full-time writing business, a signed book deal, and get read by tens of thousands of people every month.
Choose to use your obstacles to become stronger, and that’s what you’ll become.
“It’s lonely at the top. 99% of people are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre.The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most competitive.” -Tim Ferriss
Consistency isn’t complicated. It’s not mysterious. You just do a little bit, every day.
Consistency is something you choose. Anyone can choose to be consistent. But few do. If you’re willing to be the 1 in 100 people who chooses to do the work, no matter what…
You can achieve enormous goals.
You can overcome just about any obstacle. Things that stop most people won’t stop you.
Choose to be consistent. To do a little bit of work, every day. Pretty soon, you’ll be farther along than most people who have started far before you.
Consistency beats talent. It beats luck. It beats good looks, pedigrees, good intentions. Heck, consistency even beats quality.
Consistency is how you stay motivated, overcome any obstacle, and achieve your huge goal.
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