Do you bounce from side project to side project?
Then this is for you.
Are you having a tough time finding your passion?
Is your stickability factor (your ability to persevere) maybe not high enough?
That’s not it.
Tomorrow 2015 will be over.
I remember January 1st as if it was yesterday.
The reason each year seems to fly by faster than the last is that as you age, each year represents a smaller portion of your life.
Here’s a visual example:
If you’re 1 year old, one year is your entire life. If you’re 14 years old, one year is only 7% of your life.
And so on.
That means at 42 years old, a year is only 2% of the time you’re alive, and it gets less with every year!
Seems to be true for me, and while I always ponder about the happenings of the last 12 months during those last few days of the year, I thought I’d take those ponderings public this time.
Since this is a blog about habits, why not make it a habit review?
“Ha, that’ll never work! I know a better way.”
Rick thought he was smarter than the rest. Yet again. But we’ll get to it.
Today I want to introduce you to three old college friends of mine.
Just like you and me, they struggle with bad habits.
Recently, however, all three of them successfully broke a bad habit.
Even though the habits were very similar, each of them used a very different approach to breaking their habit.
Letting go of bad habits is not a straightforward task, and the process looks different for everyone.
You and I can learn a lot from how my three friends did it, so I asked them to share their story with me.
Here’s what they told me.
Wearing the same outfit every day is genius.
For 2 reasons: more willpower to make better business decisions and, if you run a business, personal branding. Having a recognizable outfit and showing it to the world every day will make you an icon.
Today I’ll teach you how to pull it off, by creating a minimal wardrobe.
Are you as disciplined as you’d like to be?
Do you want to toughen up?
Have that twinkle in your eye that says: “Life, if you punch me in the face, you know I’ll just grit my teeth and fight back even harder.”
Oh you do? Sure, who wouldn’t.
That’s why I spent all of last week pondering how to help you do just that, and create a framework for it.
Here’s what I came up with.
You have to stop it.
You just might kill yourself doing it.
I almost did.
This was my view when it happened:
Here’s what SHOULD have been my view:
But it was too late. I felt it. The right front tire went over the white line. The car started vibrating as the tire hit the grass.
What’s the difference between these two pictures? Hint: It’s the same guy.
His name is Hal Elrod, and in the picture on the left, he is dead.
But the picture of the jumping, happy guy on the right was taken way later. So what’s the story?
If I gave Hal 3 words to sum it all up, I know exactly what they would be:
The Miracle Morning.
After being hit by a car and declared dead for 6 minutes, spending 6 days in a coma and being told he would never walk again, today Hal is a top keynote speaker, bestselling author, helps and teaches thousands and oh, he also runs ultra-marathons.
How do you go from being dead to that?
You know waking up early is a great habit, right? You’ve heard it dozens of times: all successful people get up early.
Tim Cook (4:30 am), Benjamin Franklin (5:00 am), Michelle Obama (4:30 am), Warren Buffett (6:45), the list goes on and on.
But what turned into a nightmare for Bill Murray in Groundhog Day – waking up at 6 am sharp every day that is – seems like a distant dream for you.
(it’s Groundhog Day – again)
What if I told you that there were only 2 steps you have to get right, in order to wake up early every day?
Even more so, that neither of them has anything to do with your morning.
You’d be shocked, right? You’d probably tell me: You’re crazy Nik, and I don’t believe you.
Do you sometimes not want to start your day when you look at your to-do list in the morning?
Do you see 34 tasks, 33 of which you either dread or don’t see the point in?
You have to walk the dog.
Write a blog post.
Then you’re supposed to walk the dog again.
File some papers.
Call a prospective client.
I get it. To-do lists can be a burden. Not too long ago, I had the same problem. (more…)
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