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You Have to Hustle
If there are things you want to accomplish in life but haven’t yet, what’s stopping you? Many will undoubtedly say not enough time, but even if you need to wake up an hour earlier each morning, your future self will thank you, no? So, let’s explore a few guidelines we can utilize in the process.
Pursue Your Passion
In his book Mastery, author Robert Greene discusses the importance of finding our calling in life: “You possess an inner force that seeks to guide you toward your Life’s Task—what you are meant to accomplish in the time that you have to live” (19).
And while Greene is discussing the process of mastery, to accomplish anything we have to truly want it. For instance, if we want to lose that weight, we need to want weight loss more than we want that extra hour of sleep.
Wake Up Early
Success coach Hal Elrod discusses waking up early in his book Miracle Morning. “If you haven’t already, move your alarm clock as far away from your bed as possible. This forces you to rise from bed and engage your body in movement. Motion creates energy, so when you get up and out of bed it naturally helps you wake up” (66).
Above all, we need to implement a schedule to ensure consistency. Reading that Start Your Own Business book “whenever you get a chance” isn’t sufficient. Reading it for an hour every morning will be much more effective. As you might already know, doing something for about twenty-eight days in a row solidifies it into a habit.
Develop Laser Focus
The Internet introduced the world to hyperlinks where we can jump from one related article to the next. As a result, our attention spans have shortened. While it’s easy to identify downsides to this, let’s consider the upside: If you develop laser focus, you will differentiate yourself from others, making you much more effective and a more qualified job applicant (if that’s your goal).
And, in reality, there’s not a single area of your life that wouldn’t improve with an improved ability to focus, including conversations with a family member to idea retention. We acquire information from others, after all, so an elongated attention span optimizes our ability to listen as well.
Our ability to make good decisions depending upon the quality of our information, in fact, is the premise of former operative Frank Stopa’s book Human Skills. (Though an interesting and informative read, further discussion of it is beyond the scope of this article.)
Write It Down & Do It
Break out a notebook or your laptop and write specifically what you want to accomplish and by when. And, of course, why you want to accomplish it. For instance, if you want to lose weight, perhaps it’s for both health reasons and to look better in that bathing suit next summer. Or if it’s to earn that degree to boost your income and move your family into a nicer house, write that.
Time Well Spent
All things considered, investing time and effort in yourself is well worth it. As investor and business tycoon Warren Buffett put it, “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.” So, if you need to wake up a bit earlier or skip that rerun of your favorite sitcom, do it. Our lives are limited, and on your deathbed, you might regret not pursuing your dream job but won’t regret watching that rerun of Three’s Company.
Elrod, Hal. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) (p. 66). Miracle Morning Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.
Greene, Robert. Mastery. (p. 19). Penguin Books, 2013.
Stopa, Frank. The Human Skills. 2nd ed. 2010.
Ivana Divac from Serbia on October 25, 2020:
Very good article. It offers some great tips. Thanks for sharing!