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10 Personal Habits For A Better & More Successful Version of You

Success comes from the personal habits we develop.

Over the last 16 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with several professional and semi-professional athletes.

However, many of them don’t make it to “the league” (NBA, MLB, etc.).

It’s not because they aren’t strong enough or lack skills.

Nor is it because they aren’t smart enough or are slow learners.

They don’t want to put in the hard work daily.

They don’t want to come out of their comfort zones.

Don’t take this to mean that they don’t work hard.

They do.

But only in small spurts.

Personal Habits For A Better & More Successful Version of You

Numerous players I’ve worked with have had the physical traits and characteristics it takes to get to the league.

But they were just too damn lazy to give a crap- until the draft was 6 months away.

The same applies to weight loss.

It also holds true for most people who want to be:

  • a business owner.
  • a professional creator or artist
  • a student

I was no different.

You’re no different.

We don’t want it bad enough to do the consistent, menial daily tasks to get us to where we want to go.

When you decide (from the Latin root de-cada, meaning “to cut off”) to cut off the possibility of any other option, you will succeed.

Most people are too scared or comfortable with their life or lifestyle- especially if it sucks- to do anything real about it.

“What if I try to do something and fail. Then everyone will see I failed and be worse off.”

False.

We fail to succeed.

Read that again because it’s the truest statement you’ll read about success.

From the little pigs (who failed twice, with catastrophic results) to LeBron James (whose been in the last 6 NBA finals and failed more than he won), it’s a hard truth to life that no one seems to want to share, face, or bring to Center Stage.

What will happen if you try and fail?

You’ll have tried.

And then you’ll try again, a bit smarter and more experienced- until you succeed.

Forget everyone else.

Focus and invest in making yourself the BEST version possible of yourself- as a friend, business professional, family member, and student of life.

Do you want to be successful?

Want to be successful?

You have to hit that breaking point where you aren’t afraid to get out of your comfort zone.

Where you embrace failure when it comes because failure is one of our greatest teachers.

Where you see every “No” as just one more that will lead you to a “yes.”

The breaking point is that point where you’re sitting in your car in traffic, and you start getting so angry about your life and how much better you can and should have it.

Suddenly, you are sobbing behind the steering wheel.

Not because you are sad or depressed but because you realize you’ve wasted too much time when you could have put all your skills and tools to use.

You could have been improving yourself, your bank account, your family, your friends, your clients, and the world.

You get to the point where you absolutely cannot stand a single second more of the life you’ve been living, and you don’t care what is in your way.

Then you will be on the true road to success.

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As Michael Jordan’s personal Coach/Trainer Tim Grover points out in his book “Relentless”:

Michael didn’t just want to be the best of the year (MVP).

He wanted to be the best player of all time.

He looked for ways to make himself the one competitor that other teams didn’t look forward to playing against because you knew he would relentlessly go hard for 48 minutes.

Most ball players just want to make it to the league.

They want the LABEL.

This is how most people are.

They don’t want to work to make it so they can flat-out buy a Mercedes Benz.

They just want the label and the feeling of people looking when they roll up in that S class.

So, they work just hard enough to lease.

What’s getting in your way?

Developing these personal habits of success will help you get out of your own way.

Yourself, Your comfort zone, and your social club.

If you want to improve and be successful, you must start with yourself.

You can’t do it because of someone else.

That isn’t to say it can’t be done, but it’s much more challenging.

Doing it because someone else wants it for you won’t give you the determination, grit, and desire to be uncomfortable.

It may not be fun to wake up at 4:45 am to get a head start so you can become an expert in your field by reading for an hour a day or exercising before everyone else’s alarm clocks go off.

You need to quit being so damn comfortable.

Did you know that most people reach the lower level of prosperity- the point where they can pay their bills each month, go out to eat 2-3x a week, and call it a day?

Why?

Because it’s comfortable.

They’ve lost the ability to dream and see themselves doing better.

They work just hard enough to feel okay with themselves, punch out, head home, and plop down in front of the TV or Youtube for a few hours.

But not you.

You’ve got that fire inside you.

You’re ready to roll and aim to fly!

Learn to focus all that energy on your personal habits and reach higher.

10 Personal Habits to increase your levels of success, desire, and clarity

1. Write down your goals.

“That which get measured, gets managed” -Peter Drucker

While this seems like such a menial task, and perhaps silly, this is the number one thing we must do.

It gives us direction and a destination.

Oh, and don’t aim small- aim high!

If you miss, you’ll still have some amazing accomplishments!

2. Set your 6-month, 1-year, and 3-year goals.

These should be achievable and reasonable but stretch you out a bit.

Your goals should also be measurable.

Setting a time frame will help you stay accountable and focused.

Setting SMART goals is one of the best personal habits to have!

3. Reverse engineer who you need to be and what you need to do to get there.

Start every month- what do I need to accomplish each month to get there?

Then from each monthly goal, break it down into weekly goals.

And finally, from weekly goals down to daily goals.

Now you know what you need to accomplish each day,

This is the nitty gritty daily grind that most people don’t or won’t do consistently.

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Now to get it done… every day.

There is no off-season.

4. Make a plan

This is the second most common place people make mistakes.

They try to get an A+ plan, the absolute best plan possible.

They take lots of time to come up with it.

However, when it comes time to execute, the effort leads to a B or C level of execution.

When I worked as an EMT on an ambulance service running 911 emergency calls, we had 10-15 seconds to make a plan based on what the situation was upon our arrival.

It started with a simple decision on which of the two ways we could go:

“Stay and play” or “Load and go.”

Make your plan starting with the one big thing you need as the foundation, and work your way up from there.

As you figure out more of the plan, the details will get worked out.

Just get the “big picture” figured out!

5. Start following the plan when it is 80-90% done.

Don’t wait for the plan to be 100% ready.

While in some cases, you need to, such as when we’re loading a patient in the ambulance.

We can’t start driving away if the stretcher is only locked in at the back doors, but all 4 wheels are still outside the ambulance.

Although that would make for one “interesting” experience for the patient!

Don’t let procrastination get the best of you.

Allow yourself to keep putting off finishing the plan before you start.

Start your plan when the ‘must have’ 80% is in place.

This way you’ve started the plan and can continue refining and progressing it along the way.

Just don’t be reckless!

6. Execute the plan with 100% effort and focus today.

As General George Patton said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

You don’t need an A+ plan.

In fact, you can have a B- plan but A+ execution and those results will far exceed the best-laid plan and poor execution.

I’ve seen phenomenal results in business consulting from a “B+ Plan” but with A+ execution and flexibility.

In my time coaching endurance athletes, the riders who have done the best and gone the farthest have been the best at executing the plan 95%+ of the time.

They have also done a phenomenal job of communicating through the execution of the plan so that we could make changes and adaptations.

So whether you’re racing for a National Championship, working towards a $10 million increase in profits, or aiming for the C-level suite, make sure you execute at 100%.

But don’t forget…

7. Make changes as you go along to allow the plan to work!

As the military saying goes, “Even the best-laid plan goes to crap as soon as the first shot is fired.”

The same goes for survival in:

  • in business
  • daily life
  • the wilderness

In his book Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzalez talks about how hikers can become lost because they make a wrong turn and try to make their mental map fit what they see around them.

If they’d just stop, break their mental map model, and take a moment to figure out where they are, they might find their way back on the path fairly easily.

Don’t let a plan, your plan, get you lost.

Know your destination, but make adjustments and changes to the plan as you go along.

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Be sure to have a solid team around you to keep you on the right track.

8. Build a social and business network around you.

Birds of a feather flock together.

If you want to figure out how much you’ll be worth (fiscally) or how well you’ll do, look at the 5 people you spend most of your time with.

We share our dreams, visions, and goals with those around us, and if they support us, we often set out and accomplish them.

It takes like-mindedness to get there.

Find great people: better, brighter, and smarter than you.

Now, learn from them.

Spend time with them.

Call them your “Brain Trust,” if you will.

Those we spend our time with greatly impact who we are.

9. FAIL your way to success, learn from it, and embrace it!

In bike racing, there is only 1 winner.

There are often 100+ racers PER race.

That means most racers fail far more often than they win.

Business and life are much the same.

When we win, we party.

When we lose, we ponder.

Failure is there to teach us many lessons and determine how to improve.

Embrace this fact, and see every loss, setback, obstacle, and failure as another big step towards success.

Just make sure to learn from them and seek to learn from others who have already done what you are on your way to accomplishing.

A great way to learn from these other trailblazers is our 10th step…

10. Read books

In 2015 the Pew Research Center found that the average American read just 12 books in the previous year.

Women read more than 50% more than men.

Those whose household income is over $75k read more than double those whose household income is under $30k.

If you want to become more successful, you need to invest in yourself.

The easiest way to do so, with the biggest ROI (return on investment), is through developing the personal habit of reading books.

America has one of the best library systems in the modern world, yet most Americans fail to take advantage of this!

Think of a book this way:

You are sitting down 1 on 1 with the author and having them share with you what they’ve learned on that topic.

It’s been said that to become an expert on a subject, one should read 60 books on that specific subject.

Take the average American who reads 12 books a year, which means 5 years they can have the foundations to become an expert.

(Yes, I know about Ericsson’s 10,000-hour rule. Think of these books as the foundation for that expertise!).

What’s one room that can be found in nearly every millionaire’s house that most folks don’t have?

A library filled with books that the owner of the said house has read.

Which personal habit(s) will you adopt?

Commit to these 10 personal habits, and make sure to get the nitty-gritty daily things done that you need to be the person and professional you want to be.

Progress will begin to add up, compounding on itself, and in just a short time, you’ll begin to see that your goals are within your capabilities.

As long as you focus on doing those daily activities and personal habits to get you there.

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