Sustainable Daily Progress

The old goal was to make a little progress every day until you reach the desired achievement. The new goal is to find your threshold is for sustainable daily progress that could even extend beyond.

What is the level of effort that you can put in each day, every day, for 30 days? 60 days? 150 days?

Find that limit, or starting point, and build from there. It’s your foundation, and it will result in much more than you realize.

Effort

Let it never be true that you did not achieve what you want or need through lack of effort. There are too many other reasons for it to come down to something that you can control.

Stop Reading Bad Books

I used to finish every book I started reading, but I’m not sure that’s the way to do it.

I think it makes more sense to put it down once you realize you haven’t enjoyed it for longer than you have. For example, if you loved the first 50 pages but hated the next 140, it might just not be the book for you.

Learn what to stick with and learn what to put down, I think overall across your life you will enjoy reading much more.

Consistency (Or Bad Blog Posts)

Is it strange to admit that I’m writing this post in the last couple minutes of the day just to keep my daily blogging streak going?

Overall this post isn’t receiving a ton of my attention and very little preparation, so it’s clearly not going to add a ton of value to my brand or any future readers. But it’s still important for me to write.

I’m not sure if writing this particular post will have any direct value, but it will definitely help me write the next one. As long as I can keep writing, posts like this one will fall down into the list because they will simply be outranked by better posts.

So I’ll let this one be bad, or rushed, or unprepared. That’s okay. Better ones are on the way.

The Boring Parts

Try and remember the boring parts of the things you work on. They usually fall through the cracks as memories are built and things get romanticized.

These tedious details represent all the achievements throughout your endeavors. Each project isn’t just the sum of it parts, but a long list of individually worthy accomplishments.

Also, these tedious moments will reappear, so the better you can remember them, the better you can overcome them in the future.

If It Was Easy

It bothers me when people say, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

I understand the merit, but it’s just wrong. More people would do it, sure, but not everyone.

There are plenty of things now that everyone could do to improve not only their overall lives but their relationships, finances, physical fitness, education, sleep, understanding, relaxation… (The list kind of keeps going.)

The problem isn’t that people are only avoiding hard things, and it’s dangerous to make people feel like they need to do “hard” things in order to obtain any progress.

Writing a novel is hard. Writing a single word isn’t. Start with the easy task, recognize that most people won’t even do that, and take it from there.

The hard things are just big bundles of easy ones anyway.

Stop Apologizing

It’s time to stop apologizing.

You shouldn’t feel an obligation to convince anyone around you that your ideas and goals are valid. There comes a time that you will need to convince users, or customers, but at the start, when you just have an idea and you’re excited about it, don’t apologize for it.

It’s fun to have others get excited, but what’s even more fun is to be able to present an idea alongside work that supports the idea and brings it to fruition.

You don’t need to apologize or defend your ideas at that first stage. Just let people know what you’re going to be working on.