Yoda said “there is no try, there is only do” - this means there is no such thing as “I’ll try” you either will do it or you won’t. It’s like when you ask someone “would you like to go for a run this Tuesday” and they say “umm, yeah - I’ll try and make it” - you know they’re not coming.
Apply this same logic to your climb - are you going to make it to the top, or are you going to try? The use of language here implies that there is a defeatist mindset - “I’ll try, but if I don’t make it - at least I tried”. There’s no second place trophy - you either made it to the top of your climb, or you didn’t.
My business mentor Gary Vee says “there’s no half-pregnant” - there’s no in-between stage, you either are or you aren’t. Adopt this mindset in relation to your climb - whether it’s getting fit & healthy, writing a book, making more money or finding a relationship - either you’ll do it, or you won’t.
Many things are subjective in life - art, music, food - there are many differing opinions out there and all are equally valid. Turning off the light switch is not subjective - it’s either off or it’s not. The same can be said for your success - you’re either going to achieve it, or you aren’t - the choice is yours.
I’d like to encourage you to think about the mindset you have towards achieving your end goal. Are you going to try and achieve it - or are you going to achieve it no matter what it takes? No matter how many years, how much hard work, how many social events you miss - are you going to do it?
Every single one of us has the potential to do something great with the time we have on this planet - you will achieve your goal if you don’t stop working for it. Greatness requires sacrifice - what are you willing to sacrifice for your greatness?
Your definition of ‘success’ may be different than your neighbour’s. And guess what? That’s alright. It doesn’t matter what the answer may be; the only thing that matters is that you put in your full effort each and every time. Show your burning desire to reach this dream that you have. Be persistent. Be relentless.
Here are 5 productivity-boosting behaviours I’ve picked up over the last 2 years from some of the most successful people in the world. Since implementing these behaviours into my life I’ve seen progress beyond belief and I wish the same for you too.
1. Wake up early. This used to be the hardest thing for me to do, but I’ve found one enormous hack - sleep with the curtains open. Waking up early gives you more hours in the day to spend working on your craft and get more done. When I wake up at 5am I feel like I’ve gained an extra day and this is why it’s first on the list.
2. One thing at a time. Don’t spread your focus across 6 things at the same time - do one thing well and then move onto the next. When you try to get multiple tasks done at the same time they are done with a fraction of your attention and this leads to mistakes. It’s better to do it right the first time around than to have to come back and start again later on.
3. Take breaks. Working yourself too hard for too long will result in you having to take a long break later down the road. It’s better for your productivity to take short, regular breaks throughout the day to remain energised mentally and physically. The best breaks are ones you take for exercise and relaxing in nature as they will rejuvenate your mind and body so you can come back fresh.
4. Don’t waste time on your “competition”. My role model in business is Gary Vee - he says he wants to build the biggest building (business) in town by actually building it rather than tearing down everyone else’s buildings. He knows that the time he spends trying to bad mouth others is time he could be investing into building his own business.
5. Be grateful. There are going to be challenges along the way, but staying grateful for what you have and for the problems you don’t have is a great way to push past the difficult times. When you value the health and wellbeing of yourself and those around you - every other problem becomes minor in comparison. Having perspective on challenges and problems is key to not getting overwhelmed in these situations.