The more you do the behaviors, the more effective they become. Addiction becomes obsession if obsession didn’t start the loop in the first place.
Weekly actions are usually a bit larger in scale, take a little longer to complete, and HOPEFULLY involve an element of risk or something that makes you feel a little uncomfortable or you might reconsider what you are doing.
You need to habituate yourself to intelligent, rational risks.
You’re not jumping off of a building. That’s not intelligent. You’re doing something that costs some time or a little money that has a decent probability of a decent payoff. (The process of these calculations is discussed at length in Decision Point, the e-course which begins next month.)
Bolder actions in modest risk/high reward areas most often bring about bigger results. Tiny actions and baby steps as taught by most, generally get you…nothing.
Let’s get specific here.
Writing 100 words per day for that book (for example) is going to require 800 days for completion of the writing. Those “baby steps” are infantile and will produce nothing… give it up today and do something that is REAL.
But if those “baby steps” are writing 400 words three times per day, every day, until you have called it a life, THEN you have accomplished massive things.
Almost all projects are broken down into small steps but like video games THOUSANDS of those steps must be taken for them to become habit.
Realize bigger actions are more often subject to failure, which is no big deal because you’ll do something different next month. That something will bring a different result.
Failing is anticipated and planned for. If you don’t, great.
If you only rarely or don’t EVER fail, something is desperately wrong. When you do fail, it’s rarely very important. Everyone who succeeds, fails….a lot.
You’ve been thinking about doing something important with your life/business this summer. You know if provides a unique opportunity to get ahead of the rest of the world who will be solely slumbering away. Just for the heck of it, list the most productive actions you can determine should be done daily, weekly and monthly for this summer. It’s important to note that you are not setting a schedule with this exercise; you are simply identifying key, productive action steps that you can take on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Finally, these steps must yield an ABSOLUTE RESULT.
Don’t get caught up wondering how you can find time to do all this, or whether a certain task should be done daily or weekly. Simply put down a general idea of the most productive actions that you can think of. You can always add to this list or change it later on.
Do NOT THINK TOO HARD. JUST DO….
So here is what you do EVERY DAY without fail.
Put down your Daily Actions Now.
Daily Actions (a.k.a. stuff you will do)
Daily actions must be habitually challenging but have an attainable result. Think in terms of 3-four hour blocks each morning or night after everyone has gone to bed if this is a new project or business.
- Action 1:
- Action 2:
- Action 3:
- Add More As Needed
These should be larger steps that involve an element of intelligent risk or aggressive forward movement: Something that has a decent chance of FAILING is a good criteria…Example: I put a webinar on in March. I put 20 hours of creation time into the webinar. That’s not an enormous amount of time but it is significant. When people got to the shopping cart they couldn’t buy the program that was being promoted at the end of the web event! That is darn irritating.
Most people hit this moment and say, “It doesn’t work.” But the fact was I missed a detail. (Or someone did, but ultimately it’s my business, it’s my blunder.)
It drives ya’ a little nuts but you MUST move on. What is the alternative?