Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday Motivation | My 2 Favorite Techniques for producing Amazing Results.

As we head towards the end of the year, I feel like it's a good time to reflect on what's worked well for me in recent past (with regards to reaching my goals).  It's important that we are VERY aware of what works for us so we can replicate it. This also keeps us from constantly seeking out new advice.

For me, two main techniques have produced the majority of my results.  These techniques are:
2. No Zero Days

The premise of new actions is simple.  Everything you now do (and have been doing) creates your current results.  Want things to change? You've got to do something new.  I'm somewhat a creature of habit. If I'm not careful, I tend to repeat the same actions day after day, week after week.  The problem with this is that my results stagnate.  Stagnation is only temporary before things start to decline.  

The only way to change this and bring new (fresh) results in my life is to focus on NEW ACTIONS. When I consistently challenged myself to incorporate new actions into my week, my business and life flourished.   These new actions don't have to be anything crazy, just something that has the ability to create new results.  For example, last week, I didn't work from a to-do list.  I just did whatever task came to mind.  This week, if I were to write down my important tasks, along with those that align directly with my goals, I would certainly produce new results.  What I love most about NEW ACTIONS is they have this "butterfly effect."  The butterfly effect is one of my favorite things in life.  It's the idea that just one simple change can alter the course of your day (and life).   I've experienced the immense impact of incorporating new actions in my day.  The more new actions I take, the better.

The No Zero Days concept is similar to Jerry Seinfeld's "don't break the chain." Basically, Jerry challenged himself to write jokes every day as a way of improving his skillset.  Each day that he wrote jokes, he'd draw a big red X on the calendar.  His goal was to keep the chain of red Xs going for as long as possible.  

I've also seen it referred to as "No Zero Days."  Meaning, you take action every day towards your goals.  You don't have to do anything major, you just have to do something!  The goal is to make sure you don't go to bed without having done something that takes you one step closer towards your goals.  I'll be honest, I don't really follow this perfectly.  I'll skip days here and there but I never, ever stop.  

The times when I did follow the NO ZERO DAYS philosophy, my results skyrocketed.  Doing something every day is the easiest way to overcome resistance.  You take away the decision-making process by making a commitment to do something daily.  Decision making is risky when you are engaging in a goal-related activity. More often than not, if we're given a choice, we'll choose not to do it.   But with no ZERO days, you have no choice.  You just do what you need to do and, in the process, you develop an incredible level of discipline

Pro Tip:  The habits that you struggle with the most, consider making them a"NO ZERO DAY" activity.  Example:  If you struggle to work out regularly, forget trying to get on a sporadic schedule and focus on implementing a NO ZERO DAY activity daily.  

These two techniques alone are extremely powerful. But when combined, they have the ability to transform any situation into whatever result you desire.  

  1. Wonderful post as always! Thanks for sharing!

  2. So glad I found your post. More like your post found me. I'm such a procrastinator. Even with a to do list I struggle to get through all my daily task.

    It's time I hold myself accountable. Your post really help me come up with an action plan