We have to make decisions at every step of our existence. The quality of decisions shapes our ultimate outcome or destiny. The question then is: How do we make consistently good decisions? The answer: success cycles.
Success cycles are patterns we create for generating consistently good results. No matter who you are you have some sort of consistent pattern in your life. Is that pattern serving you well? Could it be better?
The Power of Momentum
Momentum is a natural law. It’s affects are both micro and macro. The key to building a consistent success cycle is to start small and build momentum. A single domino is capable of bringing down another domino that is actually 50% larger. Stack your day, week, month and year like you would stack domino’s.
The mood or state your in at a given moment affects your decision making. The first step to making good decisions is to get yourself into a empowered state of mind. Personally I find exercise to be the best way to do this. I have significantly better days after running in the morning. I’m more focused and can produce better results. If I skip running I feel foggy, more anxious and less confidant. After an evening workout I find I sleep much better and this causes me to wake up on time and start the process again.
The 5AM club
Most of my life I’ve always gotten up later, past 7am. When I switched my cycle to getting up at 5AM I found myself performing better. Waking up at 5AM is the first win of the day. This builds initial momentum that cascades into the rest of your day. I find that on days I wake up at 5AM I’m much more likely to exercise and when I exercise I’m much more likely to produce better results in my work and my life
Create Written Weekly, Monthly, Yearly and Life Goals
When creating goals it’s much easier to write something down than it is to complete. Focus on creating goals that are difficult but realistically achievable within your goal time-frames. The process of checking off premeditated actions feels good and will bolster your momentum.
Keys to Goal Setting
One key I found for goal setting is to be in an empowered state when you create them. If your tired, angry or frustrated you’ll create poor goals. You have to get excited about the future and feel good in order to create productive goals.
Use a system that dynamically keeps track of your goals. I find that I often add to, remove or change my shorter term goals. Your system must be flexible enough to deal with real life.
Don’t overload yourself. It’s fun setting goals and I’ve fallen into the trap of over committing and under delivering. Create your most important goals first and then as you achieve them add more.
Once a goal is create add it to a detailed schedule. You’ll quickly realize how little time you have. Schedule your most important goals and leave off the rest.
The Power of “No”
Many times it’s much easier to say yes than to say no. Don’t fall into the deadly trap of being a “yes man” or “yes woman”. There’s nothing worse than falling through on commitments because you’ve taken too much on.
If you need to get up early in the morning say no to going out with your friends or leave early. Time is the most valuable resource and with it comes the power to build a sustainable success cycle.
Well, I messed up. Now what?
We aren’t robot and I make mistakes daily. The only thing you can do is get back on track and keep going. What would your life look like if you could follow an ideal success schedule just 70% of the time. What about 80% even 90%? Focus on maintaining a success ratio that feels right for you and that’s what you should strive for.
You can calculate success ratio by taking your weekly goals and simply checking the amount you’ve gotten done. Keep track of this metric week to week and you can start averaging how successful you are.On a weekly basis.