I learned something from Tony today after deciding to pick up his 30 Get the Edge Program.
That recording the things that I’ve learned helps me not only remember those lessons but also gives me something to reflect back on to. I maintain another journal about picking up girls, and I learned from that journal that when i forgot what was working I can refer back to the times things WERE working to see what I was doing. And this helps like crazy because I’m teaching myself.
Lessons, ideas, aspirations, goals…etc these things only exist for as long as our memory allows. So it’s important to establish SYSTEMS that support these ideas to keep them fresh in my mind. I’ve always known that success rituals are important to have but I just didn’t use one after a while. Once I got into school I began to let go of them because school isn’t exactly the thing that creates immediate wealth for me.
But.. fuck that. I created a simple one for myself to look at every morning now. It’s very basic and looks like this:
- Make my bed
- Visualize Overall Goals – Get Passionate
- Plan specific daily outcomes
- Take action immediately.
During my lunch time I’ll use that time to invest about 1 hour into myself in terms of self development. Something that relates to what I’m doing that will help me perform better.
Aside from daily success rituals I also realized that I want to be passionate every day. Like, I don’t want to resent my work. Instead, specifically, I want to be obsessed with my work. I want to feel like I’m at play. So the way to do that is to go to work on my situation as well as my ideas around the things I do, or CHANGE what I’m doing. Right now it’s school, so I have to figure out how to find something in my studies that will trigger passion in me.
Which leads me to another point…
I have to credit Mark Cuban for this one. It’s a big one.. Win that battles you’re in. DON’T spread your resources too thin.
After going to Landmark I realized that I’d been spreading myself too thing by taking on too many projects. School. Weight Training. App Development. Freelance Web Development. All at once. It wasn’t do-able without a massive amount of constant stress and scrambling. Living by an extremely tight calendar isn’t natural for my brain and body. Working my brain for 12 hours days doesn’t last for very long either. This is a great way to get burnt out.
So I’m learning now that the key to consistency is keep the stress level lower, and winning at fewer battles at once. I stopped working on my app. Let my body get a little flabby. Stopped taking freelance clients for the extra couple hundred bucks a month… I do only 2 things now. School and work 1-2 hours a day for my good friend Travis. Stress level is lower than it’s ever been. My hair grows thicker again. The wrinkles around my eyes are gone mostly. And I’m getting decent grades in my 4 night classes. I also took out a huge $10,000 loan that I’m using as a cushion in case I have some emergency like I lose my job, my car or laptop breaks…etc I’ll still have money to make it in PEACE until graduation next semester.
An area of my life right now relevant to my performance which I want to improve is focusing on school better.
This is what works for studying for me:
- Block off a good 5 hours to study hard
- Turn off all communications. Cell. Skype. Email apps..etc
- Lock the door, hide in the library..etc
Then just go HAM on work. Oh, can’t forget to NEVER open facebook. That’s like a vortex that sucks me down like quicksand that I can’t allow myself to get into. 5 minutes go here and there and it adds up over a week to a few hours. Not good.
What I’m going to do now is set simple small goals for all my tasks and try to acheive them. By keeping these mirco outcomes in mind I’ll be able to focus my mind and resist facebook, hopefully. So lets see how that goes. The goal being to complete more with in less time and become 100% free of facebook and social media.