Step #4: Take action
Now you actually have to take action. That means really doing the work. We can spend endless hours refining our workout plan, learning about the best foods to eat for weight loss and brainstorming business ideas. Those activities provide us with a false sense of progress that we are working towards our goal, when in fact we are NOT. Doing research, learning, preparing is important ... up to a certain point. Real progress only comes from action. You will only get better when you take action. So get up and … DO .. THE … WORK!
Step #5: Don’t try to make it perfect
You are going to suck at first. It is easy to get discouraged when you are on day 1 of learning a new skill and compare yourself to somebody at their day 635. Of course, they are going to be better. That’s completely normal. Don’t try to make it perfect from the beginning. Aiming for perfect outcomes immediately will drive you crazy. It’s not possible. Instead, work on getting 1% better every time. This sounds like little progress, but it will add up really quickly.
Step #6: Always make progress
At some point, you are going to hit the first bump in the road. The learning curve is not a straight line. When life gets in the way (which it will), consider this: Making small progress is better than not making progress at all. Always stick to the schedule, but reduce the scope if you must. Working out for just 5 minutes instead of an hour is still better than not working out at all. This is for the days when you feel like quitting, when it gets boring, and you just don’t feel like working. If you slip up, get back on track as fast as you can and don’t beat yourself up about it. That makes the difference.
This is it! If you are willing to commit to a goal, set up a system and put in the work, you will very likely succeed. That sets you apart from the thousands of others who are supposedly pursuing the same goal. Talking about it is easy. Actually doing it on a daily basis is the hard part.