There are two ways to progress: incrementally or exponentially.
Both require the same amount of time or resource input, but the output is significantly different.
And you can choose today to move ahead much more faster. It is your choice. But you will need to start doing things differently.
And it all starts with being more responsible with the time that we actually have.
“All men have been given time, but only a few men know its value.” — Sunday Adelaja
Did you know that the average North American spends 38 minutes per day on Facebook?
38 Minutes. Per day. That`s absolutely insane. Let´s do the math real quick:
38 mins x 7 days = 266 minutes = 4.4 hours per Week
= 17.7 hours per month = 212 hours per year
212 hours = 8.8 full days, 24/7
= 26.5 FULL 8HR WORKDAYS PER YEAR.
On Facebook alone.
That’s not exact numbers depending on how many days in the year, buy you get the point…
That is almost an ENTIRE month of work per year!
So when we`re talking about how to progress so much faster, the starting point is always time. And how could you actually save time wasted on non-essentials?
How could you allocate more time into yourself, your relationships and the pursuits that fuel your Joy, Creativity and Progress?
We got to take command of our Time. It´s our most precious resource.
Because there`s absolutely no way you will ever get it back. Even if you plan on living until 180 years old!
What could you do with almost an entire month of 8-Hour Workdays?
How much more progress could you accumulate by simply taking back command of your time?
And that`s only the starting point.
Once you`ve got your time back, now let`s really talk how you`re going to progress so much faster in your Life.
1. Take absolute personal Responsibility
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. It is up to you to give life a meaning.” — Jean-Paul Sartre
The first step is always to be real. Always.
We need to take absolute personal Responsibility of our lives. We got to take Command. That´s key.
And let´s face it: you`re exactly where your current thinking, feeling and doing has led you to. Maybe that`s exceptional. Or disappointing.
But either way, for the next Level we need to reach a new Level of thinking, feeling and doing. And it all starts with taking personal Responsibility of our lives.
Taking Power back!
So often, we give away our power to outer circumstances. To other people, to our own ethincity, heritage, circumstances, age or anything else that acts as an excuse.
Now, might they be valid?
But is it helpful?
But by taking absolute personal Responsibility of everything in your life, guess what you have?
Power over everything in your Life. Everything you ever want to achieve and do and experience is within your control. You can do something about it.
And let me tell you something: you´re absolutely right it is hard sometimes to acknowledge where you came short. But that is also Freedom.
Because now you can do better next time. Now you`re not reliant on your excuses, but your own Power.
The first step is always to take Power back. If you haven`t done it yet, give yourself this gift right now and don`t accept any excuses in your Life anymore.
Anything you ever desire is possible. But you`re only going to get there, if you take full control of your own Destiny!
2. A big Vision
“The bigger your future, the better your present.” — Dan Sullivan
“The great secret of getting what you want from life is to know what you want and believe you can have it.” — Norman Vincent Peale
The only way to live a big life is to create it.
It`s that simple.
You absolutely need to know where you`re going. And in order to get there, you first have to allow yourself to dream bigger than you ever believe to be possible. Because big dreams force you to do things differently.
A big dream forces you to stop dabbling immediately.
A big dream forces you to remove non-essentials.
A big dream forces you to focus on what truly matters.
But if you`re unclear on what you actually want, you`ll always stay stuck at where you are right now. Because you`ll never do anything different. You`ll never even ask what the next level could look like.
Dream bigger. Dream unreasonably. And then set goals, craft your Strategy and take Actions immediately.
Your dream is waiting for you.
“True desire in the heart for anything good, is God’s proof to you sent beforehand to indicate that it’s yours already.” — Denzel Washington.
Now is the time to claim it!
3. Clear Goals
“Dreams are great. In fact, dreams are necessary in life or no one would ever go anywhere! But a dream without a goal, and without action, has no opportunity to come true.” — Denzel Washington
Now that you have a big Vision, let`s be strategic. In order to stay on track with your Vision, you now need to set some goals.
And those goals need to be big (they need to be a real stretch) and specific (so you can clearly measure whether you achieved it or not).
Right now, think about your next one to three projects you want to work on. Which is #1? Which do you want to work on first?
For each individual project, follow the following process:
Step #1: How would doing this Project with Excellence look like? What would make it the Best-In-The-World(Product/Service/Idea/etc.)?
Define what would make that project successful. The best-case-scenario.
Step #2: How much time are you going to need to accomplish that project?
Now shorten that timeline. Make it really challenging and a little bit uncomfortable. Set the Deadline. Schedule it in the Calendar.
Step #3: In the next step, I want you to determine the five major moves to accomplish that project. And yes, everything can be broken down into five major moves.
Want an Example?
Two weeks ago, I finished the creation and launch of my latest online-course. The five moves?
Research, Creation, Testing, Launch, Scale!
Each of these five moves had an individual goal of what needed to be accomplished and in which way it needed to be done. And it had a deadline when it needed to be done.
For Example, the Research-Phase looked like this:
Invest in the 3 Best-Habits-Courses in the Marketplace and see what they`re doing. How can I do that even better and unique? What would make my Course the absolute Best in the world?
Read 5 more books on Habits, Willpower, Environment and Neuroscience.
Brainstorm on everything that you`ve ever learned about Habits. Is there an underlying pattern that determines success?
Learn more about Curriculum-Design. Go back to your notes from previous Trainings.
I think you get the idea. The more Clarity you have, the faster you will be able to go.
Just remember: “Hope is not a strategy.” (Vince Lombardi)
So craft your Goals and your Plan now. Then move forward.
4. Measure your Progress
“What gets measured gets improved.” — Peter Drucker
If you`re not measuring how you`re doing in all the major areas of your Life, you`re definitely leaving so much on the table.
I mean how could you ever improve something, if you don´t have any measure of how you`re doing there?
Awareness is the absolute key.
And if you´re currently not measuring your Life, do yourself a favor and get the High Performance Planner by Brendon Burchard.
I´ve been using it for almost a year now. It´s amazing.
Every evening, I`m measuring my Clarity, Energy, Necessity, Productivity, Influence and Courage of that day. Every evening.
At the end of the week, I`m measuring the major life arena´s: my Health, my Mental and Emotional Life, my love Relationship, the connection with my family, my Friendships, my Mission, the Experiences of that week, my Spirit, my Finances, my Learning.
And it´s not about being perfect. That´s not the point.
But what you are measuring can be improved.
So, in case my emotional Life is a 2 out of 10, I can do something to improve that. I can set actionable goals and ways to actually seek out improvement.
That`s how my Life never gets completely out of wack. Because I`m constantly measuring all those major Life Arenas. Which means none of them slip until the point of no return.
But that`s what happens to many people: the only time they actually notice a disharmony in their life is when it´s all too late. When it´s already broken.
But when you`re paying attention regularly, you have the opportunity to intervene way before it completely gets out of control!
5. Demand Greatness
“If you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, that`s when you`ll succeed!” — Eric Thomas
Necessity is the ultimate driver of your Progress. High Necessity, high progress. No Necessity, no progress!
That´s why, for Example, our Productivity soars once a Deadline is nearing.
And there are a few different ways how we can increase our Necessity. Benjamin Hardy calls them Forcing Functions:
#1: High Difficulty
We need to be challenged to actually develop ourselves and move forward. That`s obvious. If you`re doing something you`ve done in the same way thousands of times before, you`re not really growing.
But when you`re challenged, you got to pay attention. You got to be focused. You got to be on. There`s no way out. There`s only going in.
Struggle is necessary. If it doesn`t feel hard at first, it`s not growing you. You`re not progressing yourself.
Very similar to High Difficulty. When we`re doing the things we`ve never done before, we really have to pay very close attention. We simply force ourselves to show up as our best. You`re so much more engaged.
And you transform yourself. Because you`re acting against your current mental model through exposing yourself to new ways of doing, thinking and being. You`re actively creating a better YOU!
#3: High Investment
You need to be all in on your Vision. You need to fully invest time, money or effort into that Vision. That way you`re ensuring that you`re going to show up every day in pursuit of that Vision.
And I bet you know someone who has a Dream, but they`re constantly questioning whether they actually should pursue it, right?
Well, they`re never going to really move forward towards that dream, because they`ve got a Plan B. And with a Plan B in mind, Plan A doesn`t get enough mental attention!
And then I bet you`ve also seen people who really had no other choice than to succeed. Those are the ones who just invested a lot in their Dream, so much that there just wasn`t any way to go back.
And that`s, for Example, one of the Reasons why High-Level Coaching works so well. Someone who`s invested tens of thousands (or hundreds of thousands) into a Coach, they`re not dabbling around. They`re committed. And that´s the reason why they`re going to move forward exponentially!
So how can you fully invest in your Dream — Time, Money or Effort? How can you fully commit to that Dream?
#4: Social Pressure
Our desire for Acceptance is another huge driver of our Performance. I bet you`ve noticed that when you publicly declared that you´re going to pull something of, you`re just more driven to actually work on that thing, right?
It`s like the Author who´s publicly announced to their entire Audience that their Book is coming out on a specific date. They don`t want to let them down. They`ve created Accountability. They`ve fully committed to releasing that Book on that date. They took the guess work out of it.
There`s no more decision to be made. It´s done. And they better get to work.
So how can you create Social Pressure? Maybe by reporting your progress to a mentor? Or by setting a challenging deadline and letting people know about it?
Find your way. And this is not to say that you need Social Pressure for every goal. I value my Freedom. I value my Creativity. So I`m not creating Social Pressure for everything that I do.
And you don`t need to. You can be super-productive without a deadline.
But for the BIG Projects I do. For the ones that totally freak me out. The once I`m otherwise procrastinating on. Because now I just have no other option than to actually pull it of.
For Example as I was creating my newest Online-Course, I publicly announced in March that it was going to be done by the first of May.
On May first, I uploaded the last video.
And that´s why having a real deadline is so powerful. Because you´re taking away any other option. You`re dead set. There´s no room for negotiation!
#5: High Consequences for poor Performance
“In order to perform at your highest Level, your daily, hourly, minute-to-minute Performance must mean something!” — Benjamin Hardy
You need High Standards for yourself. And consequences for when you`re not meeting that Standard. In other words, you need to hold yourself accountable for the times when you´re not being at your Best.
How can we accomplish that?
Perform in a challenging Environment which forces you to walk the razor`s edge when you`re on. Most people just never reach that highest Level of their Performance, simply because it´s not required of them.