You know how a whole year can pass by and you feel like you haven’t really achieved anything new? Your business is fine, your clients are fine, you’re fine. Just not brilliant. And you know you could be brilliant.
In the book I am writing “Time Management is not for Entrepreneurs” we dig into how to make each quarter count.
Brilliance does not come from grand gestures – not usually.
It comes from planning to be brilliant and then making it a priority.
Prioritizing means put it in the calendar! How? I am glad you asked.
Chunks of Achievement
Lets have a look at that 3-year vision. What one goal must you achieve this quarter to be on track and on time to meet that vision? How many hours will that take? No really – you may need to double that estimate or cut it in half. Aim to be as realistic as possible. Employ every element in order to maximize the Fudge Factor accuracy. Now divide that number by 13. That is the number of hours per week you need to block off as solid time to dive deep into that project and make it happen.
I call these goals “rocks” – as per the story of the professor shared by Stephen Covey. (You can read it here.)
Okay here is where we find those success habits. Daily progress on your goal comes from those little habits that accumulate results exponentially. In “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson is the wisdom that the little things in life are easy to do…
These actions (I call them RIGHT Choices) is a quick activity that is easy to do – but also very, very easy to put off today. It is an activity that if you did it daily makes a big difference over the year. One cold call a day equals 250 new contacts per year. One lunch a day with your associates builds relationships deeper. One call to an existing customer… one writing session… one exercise session… you get it. It all adds up to significance.
So why don’t we do it? It is easy to avoid the small activities today and push them off till tomorrow – and tomorrow never comes. If you don’t do it today it doesn’t destroy your business today, but over time a bad habit like that, repeated daily, sabotages your success. Conversely that same activity that you make an everyday habit accumulates over time creating your success.
As Jim Rohn says, “Those things that are easy to do, are also easy not to do. And those habits are where excellence comes from.”
Gamify those RIGHT Choices
So, knowing this, how do we work with the wiring of our brain to achieve the mundane and avoidable? Okay, yes – gamify it.
Yes, actually create a points system and rewards – badges, levels, treats that you achieve based on the number of times you do those actions, make those RIGHT choices. And if you do this with a partner, some healthy competition boosts the oxytocin
There are four major chemicals in the brain that influence our happiness (DOSE):
Games and other experiences that release the DOSE neurochemicals make us happy, which makes us want more of the same. When you gamify your habits, you not only reach success exponentially faster… you feel happier too!
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