Checklists, todo’s, calendar applications, they are all for not if you don’t have a habit that is revolving around your biggest goal. The desire that defines who you are. Even if I’ve lost all my Omnifocus data, if I’ve lost my online calendars, and all other tools that help me work, I’d still move towards my goals. How and Why?
Because of the habits related to my goals. My habits are doing majority of work towards the completion of my goals. I know I can rely on them, more than I can rely on myself. Only thing I can work on, is cultivating these great habits, that are allowing me to get where I want to get to in my life.
Habits that define us
Perhaps I don’t need to think much, but everyday, all I need to do, is sit down, write and publish. My task management lists are just a bonus, they are an extra layer to my already productive behavior. My habit of getting out there, and doing the relevant thing for myself and my website is what’s getting me the results.
The athletes have it “pretty easy” too. All they need to do, is get on the field, and get in the habit of giving their all, day in, day out. Success is simple, but hard.
You may not be a writer, you may not be an athlete, but this principle of getting out there and giving your all, no matter what, still applies. It doesn’t even have to be long, what it has to be is daily and consistent! Act with belief.
Even if you fail at everything else…
…you can safely say that you’ve completed your goals for the day. There might be numerous goals, but that one prolonged goal of mastering certain craft, certain skill is what defines you as a person.
This should be your own version of success. Consistency in keeping up with your “one thing”, every day. It doesn’t require too much of a commitment. You have to realize that you can’t do everything throughout the day, but you can always do that one thing.
Even when you feel as if you’re not moving…
You are still making progress. You are doing your own thing, on the days when you feel great, on the days when you feel shitty, but you always get back there and do that one thing that helps you achieve greatness in what you do.
Countless times I’ve heard people that in order to be a master at something, you need to invest 10 000 hours of work into that specific thing. This time frame is substantially shorter if you are giving in your all DAILY. The continuity certainly allows you to build and grow on an already solid foundation.
If you want to achieve your goal, you have to become a person that you need to be, in order to achieve the desired result. If you’re not doing your habit, daily no amount of staplers, sticklers and GTD books, will help you accomplish anything.
Now go out there and just do it.