You have to start somewhere and you have to play the game. You can only win the race if you actually start running it.
You cannot win a game that you never start playing. You cannot win a race before you start running it. You need to be able to start the race, win it, or play the game to have a chance to win. And all too often, it’s easy to get sucked up into the distraction of perfection. I have to do it this way, but what about this? And what about this? And I didn’t think about this. And I do that and Instagram said this and Facebook said this and this book said this and all this bullshit.
There will forever be an unlimited amount of excuses reasons or distractions to not start. It’s the enemy of progress. There’s a reason that we iterate. There is a reason that products are updated. There’s a reason that we make adjustments. There’s a reason that we change things. It’s we put something into motion. We start and then we adjust as needed to make it successful. The example I always give, if I said, Hey, you’re listening to this right now, or you’re watching this right now. I’m going to give you a brand new iPhone. I’m gonna give you a brand new iPhone. And you’re like, yeah, cool. I’m like, cool, you got two choices. You get the new iPhone 12 or you get iPhone 1, which one do you want? And if you’re like most people, cause the one smart ass would take the iPhone 1 but the other 99 would take the iPhone 12. You take the iPhone 12, but the iPhone 12 would not exist if iPhone one was never created, it was created. It was large, low battery life, janky software, no tech compared to what it is now. And then it improved and it improved and it improved and it improved. And then the company hits a trillion dollars of cash or something stupid like that because they started the race.
Think about your life. Think about your business. Think about your fitness. Think about your health. Think about your sleep. Think about anything. And what does that one thing? What’s that one starting line that you’ve moved. What is that one starting line that no matter how many times you say it, declare it or talk about it only ever gets talked about and never actually crossed?
So you can’t get to a destination unless you start. And you have to start. I want you to start. I want you to pick something. You want to lose weight, you haven’t worked out in six months today. Go on a five-minute walk. You want to wake up tomorrow morning. You want to get up early at 5:00 AM. The alarm goes off, sit up, get up because you’re going to put your alarm on the other side of the room. And I don’t even care if you go back to bed, but make sure you’re up for at least 10 minutes and you make progress. You have to start somewhere and you have to play the game. You can only win the race if you actually start running it.
And so I have a couple of tips for you. I found this awesome article on this website called productive club. Number one is, do not emphasize future specific dates. I’ll start this Monday. I’ll start this Saturday. I’ll do this next month. No, do it now. Or don’t do it. Do it now. Or don’t do it. Don’t fool yourself or trick yourself or let your brain trick you out of doing it by making it into the future. You only have right now, do it right now.
Number two, use David Goggins cookie jar method. Goggins says you make a mental note of all your triumphs and victories in advance. Literally, things you haven’t accomplished. I’m going to run a hundred-mile race. Great. Put it in a cookie jar, like a sticky note in a jar. And when you’re getting down or you don’t have that fleeting thought that everyone says you should have motivation because motivation doesn’t exist commitment does. You grab it out of the cookie jar and you read it and you remind yourself, you get to dopamine hit. That’s what I want to do. That’s what I want to do. I’m going to push, I’m going to push. So you put all your triumphs and victories in a jar and advance, no matter how big or how small, and whenever you need one, you open it and you read it. You can put them in your phone, put them in your notes, but remind yourself of what you want that will pull you out of the slump. And it will pull you forward.
Number three use Mel Robbins, five-second rule. And her rule is really, really simple. When you say you want to do something and then you’re procrastinating, you count down in your head five, four, three, two, one, and then you’d do it. So if you’re like, I’m going to go to the bathroom cause I have to pee right now, TMI, but it keeps the podcast short. As soon as I’m done recording, I might play, Oh, I want to watch this video or send the email. Nope. Five, four, three, two, one, go. I need water. I need to go for a walk. I need to make that phone call. I need to respond to that email. I need to go cook dinner. I need to rotate my laundry. I need to write that email. I need to get on that sales call. Anything that’s being procrastinated. Five, four, three, two, one go. The alarm goes off. I need to set up five, four, three, two, one set up that’s number three.
Number four, make daily progress on long-term goals. This is a thing you can’t build a house overnight. You can’t build a business overnight, but you can lay a brick. We’re starting the race to get there. And so keep asking yourself is what I’m doing, helping me create my vision in the future and take a step forward.
And number five. And I think this is the most important tip. Be intentional about your day. Have a plan the night before, review the plan in the morning, and execute the plan. Don’t leave yourself openings, put it in your calendar, put it on a piece of paper. Tell somebody you’re doing it because if you don’t, you’ll leave yourself backdoors. And if there’s a back door, the reason that the truth is we’ll take it and it’s comfortable and it’s okay. It happens to all of us, myself included. I have to tell my wife when I’m doing my team, but I’m doing, I have to put it in my calendar or else I won’t do it. I had this podcast in my calendar all day and I was like, oh, I’m so tired. I don’t want to do it. I went for a walk or get engine like, Oh, let’s go do it. But if it wasn’t in my calendar, it wouldn’t have gotten done. So go about your day with a plan. Pick something, put your shoes on, lace them up and go walk the first mile or run the first mile or take your first step, but do something today that plants your starting line and get you running the race.