habits

“It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.”

That’s why I’m here every day. To remind you. To help you start again. No one will ever know what you did to get what you want. But you will.

You know the sayings: Success is 80% attitude/showing up/perspiration. It’s not about the magic of genius or divine inspiration making it all possible. Success is a habit. It requires being the kind of person who can create success, not simply the person who somehow has it.

Perhaps yesterday was not your day. Things conspired against you. Or you conspired against yourself. It doesn’t matter. Today is another day, and it’s up to you to put in the work. That’s the only thing you have within your control: the inputs.

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How I deal with feeling unmotivated.

Motivation and willpower are not universal and everlasting. They are finite resources we use up. And I do, every day. When I’m not full of meetings, I may be flush out of gumption at 10:00 AM, but that’s no problem if I started writing at 6:30.

Because I know myself, I know the dip is coming. It comes sooner or later, and goes deeper or shallower, depending on the day. It’s not a problem to solve, nor a weakness to overcome. It’s just the truth. I want to give in and waste time. Most often, I simply listen to that feeling and acknowledge it, then choose something easier until I can kick it into gear again.

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Wash, Rinse, Repeat [Infographic]

Certain daily patterns work for you. Others work for me.

I’m not even talking about habits; I’m talking about your natural rhythm. Perhaps it’s circadian. Perhaps it’s just individual differences at play. Whatever it is, you’ve got to find it, recognize it, and go with it. You’ll be smarter, more effective, and happier that way.

I’m naturally at my best early in the morning, and pretty unreliable when it comes to getting much done late in the evening, so I try not to. That said, I do like to think about the next morning and find myself noting ideas that spring to mind when I’m relaxed at night.

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