If I told you that whatever goal you're aiming for right now will take you at least 10,000 hours to get there, would you still go for it?
Are you still willing to put in the effort, time and daily actions required or did you just go "eh... maybe I don't really want it that bad?"
While it may not actually take you 10,000 hours - which by the way is 40hrs/week for 5 years - to hit your goals, it typically takes that long to become a professional and feel extremely confident in that area. Think about this with your relationships, career, spirituality, sports and other hobbies; sure you can go on 3 dates and claim that "everyone sucks" because none of them were up to your standards and then give up... Or you can consistently go on dates for months & years until you put in those hours and learn exactly who you need to be to attract the right person and exactly what you need from that person in exchange.
You can't speed up time, no matter how hard you may want to try!
Here are my top 7 tips to ensuring you actually get what you want in 2019 even if you haven't had success with setting goals in the past:
1. Show up - most wont even show up so just by doing that you’re going to have a higher chance of success than others. Outlast them and be the last one standing, there's no way you can lose if you're the only one left!
2. Be consistent - daily actions build success not one time marathons. Think about this with baseball. If a coach gets one player in his team to do 100 extra hits a day (only taking 20 min) 5 days a week that's an extra 500 chances for him to get better! If he then keeps going for a month that's 2,000 extra swings! Let's say he keep's it up for 10 months and racks up an extra 20,000 swings in the season (this guy is probably getting pretty damn good by now right?!). Well, imagine if he got 5 other teammates to do those extra swings with him... that just earned the team another 100,000 swings in one season and helped at least 5 players massively improve their game AND their teamwork. It’s the little things like this that you're either doing or avoiding because they are easy to do and also easy not to do that makes the biggest difference. Could you commit to reading 10 pages a day in a book that's going to support your life rather than watching another episode of your favorite TV show or fantasy novel? Could you commit to calling your mom once a week instead of dreading conversations with her and avoiding them all together? Could you listen to podcasts about how to build a business or improve your mindset while driving your kids around instead of blaring the radio or music or trying to drown out their yelling? I guarantee your kids will pick up on this incredible info too if you're giving them time to listen to it.
3. Have a good attitude - Separate yourself from the majority, do the opposite of what most people do. You don't want whatever funk most people are swimming in so stop following them around playing monkey see, monkey do with their daily habits and actions! If you're in the funk yourself, embrace it so you can enjoy the greatness when it comes back into your life because it always does. You must have happiness before you'll gain success - not the opposite. Think about dates, coworkers and post office workers - who do you actually want to be around? Negative Nancy or Positive Polly, whichever you choose (I sure hope it's Polly!) be that person!
4. Be committed for a long time - you don’t want the microwave fast food fix just because it’s instant (because deep down you know it might leave you with more problems down the road) you want those long term sustainable results! Research shows that it takes about 10,000 hours to get really good at something. That’s about 40hrs/week for 5 years. There’s no shortcut to success - no matter what you’re trying to accomplish ask yourself, am I willing to put in 10,000 hours to get what I want? If not, you probably don't actually want it that bad.
5. Have faith & a burning desire - you’ll always have obstacles and road blocks, there's no avoiding them. What you can do though is choose how you respond to them. Successful people see problems as opportunities for learning and growth. You must change your philosophy about problems, instead of "I can’t afford that" think "how can I afford that?" It’s a challenge for you to overcome it rather than a road block telling you to stop.
6. Be willing to pay the price - you might lose friendships, miss out on a promotion, be talked about behind your back... if you keep going and succeed in your goals, will it be worth it to lose those nay sayers or extra money initially to have better, more loyal friends and way more money in the long run?
7. Practice integrity - what do you do when no one is watching? Are you still growing and practicing or are you slacking and making excuses? No one should ever have to push you or motivate you to go after your goals, they're your goals and that motivation needs to come from within yourself. Keep doing the thing you said you’d do long after the mood you said it in has left.
In short, people are watching you hoping you'll succeed, allowing you to be their inspiration so keep going. Every damn day do at least one thing that moves you closer to your goals.
As they say, "Little by little a little becomes a lot."
What is one thing you can implement into your daily routine to help you move forward in 2019? Let me know below!