Today I want to give you a roadmap to success. It is short, sweet, easy to follow, and contains everything you need to know to achieve your dreams. When you are done reading this, print it out, tape it to your wall, and look at it every day.
Whether you have dreams of finishing a marathon, becoming a professional chef, writing your first book, or owning your own tech company, you can use this guide to get there. Enjoy.
1. Decide on Exactly What You Want
“For all their bitching about what’s holding them back, most people have a lot of trouble coming up with the defined dreams they’re being held from." -Tim Ferriss, bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
This is the simplest step, but also the one that is most overlooked. Everybody wants a better life, but few spend time defining what exactly that means to them. Define success for yourself. What is your dream? Make it specific, write it down, and make a plan to get there.The plan should contain specific actions for you to perform daily that will compound over time and lead to your success.
For the dream examples above, actions could include: run five miles a day, cook an ethnic meal from a different country once a week, write one blog post each day, or reach out to one potential client per day. Nobody explains the powerful compounding effect of small daily actions as well as Jeff Olson in The Slight Edge.
2. Commit to Performing These Actions Daily
Doing what you said you would, even after the feeling of wanting to fades away.
Following through with your plan even when it’s inconvenient.
Focusing on the actions, not the results; the results will come with time, but the actions must come first.
Having the attitude, mindset, decision, and belief that it can be done, should be done, needs to be done, and WILL be done.
3. Look at Your Specific Goal Every Single Day
Print out a photo that triggers the emotion of achieving your goal and tape it right next to your written goal. The photo could be of last year’s marathon winner, a world-renowned chef, or the Lamborghini you are going to buy when you sell your company.
Write your goal down over and over again, say it out loud, tell it to your friends, and daydream about it daily. This will help you when committing to actions gets tough. Remember, following through with your commitment is not going to be easy. If it were, everybody would do it."If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary." -Jim Rohn
4. Refine Your Daily Actions
After a few weeks, take notice of the actions that are progressing you the most, and the ones that aren’t leading you anywhere. Do more of the 20% of tasks that are producing 80% of the results. Do less of the tasks that are producing almost no results. If you find that you have a higher conversion rate of potential clients when you call in the morning rather than the evening, reschedule your day around this insight.
5. Commit to These New Actions and Continuously Refine Them
As you progress, you’ll begin to notice things that work, don’t work, or need improvement. Don’t ignore these signals. Modify and refine your key daily actions and re-commit.
Success follows commitment. Success isn’t extravagant; it’s a quiet set of tasks repeated daily for weeks, months, and years. Most people fail not due to a lack of desire, but due to a lack of commitment.
Believe it or not, just by following this simple process, you’ll be putting yourself ahead of 95% of people who share your goals. Sure, it’ll take a few more steps to become a Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, but let’s focus on succeeding in one area of your life first. It’s much easier to change the world once you’ve tasted success. I’d love to hear about your dreams and watch as they turn into goals and then realities. Remember, every successful person was once where you are now. Although it often might seem like it, nobody achieves overnight success. Plan, commit, succeed. To the good life.