One of the biggest frustrations many of us feel, is being so far away from achieving our goals and dreams. You seem so far away from success that it becomes overwhelming to think about it. As a result, you don’t start or do any work that moves you closer to success.
The problem starts with your mindset about the goal you are trying to achieve. You are thinking too much about the point of success. When you are just starting out, the gap between success and where you are now is very wide. If you are too focussed on the final destination, you miss out on the most important part: the journey. The journey is the daily grind you put in, moving you closer to your goal each and every day until you succeed.
So how do you adjust your mindset to allow you to succeed?
You need to focus on the work/task you have to do today, and doing it to the best of your abilities.
To do this you must apply 3 of the NoDaysOff Magazine Values: Consistency, Growth Mindset and Long-Term Mindset.
Stick with a course of action once you’ve decided on it. This is the difference between success and failure. It is easy to be great but harder to be consistent. Repetition matters. Everyone wants to make progress, and there is only one way to do this: put the work into your Grind consistently. The goal you are trying to achieve is just an event — something that you cannot totally control or predict. But the consistency in your Grind is what makes that event a reality.
A growth mindset means believing that your most basic abilities can be developed. Intelligence in anything can be developed. You have a desire to learn and therefore the tendency to embrace challenges; persist in the face of setbacks; see effort as the path to mastery; learn from criticism; and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others. As a result, you can reach higher levels of achievement. This will give you a greater sense of free will.
Long Term Mindset
Making any real positive change in your life takes time. Results do not come quickly or easily and there will always be setbacks. In order to reach them you need to re-programme your mind to think long-term, so you can push through any short term pain or plateaus that may impede your progress. Understand the concept of patience through understanding time’s role in the natural progression and processes of all living things. If you can develop the capacity to understand this you will make great strides in short-circuiting the “I want it now” mentality. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting something to occur faster, it’s important you don’t make that your constant modus operandi.
In the sport boxing the jab is a fast, long range punch that will decide a boxer’s fate in the ring. The jab is one of the weaker punches although it is one of the punches thrown most often by boxers in the ring. Over 90% of the punches that boxing great Muhammad Ali threw were jabs.
The purpose of a jab is to keep a boxer’s opponent away from them, give them a little sting, and wear them down gradually. The jab also set the scene up for stronger punches such as the right hook. Boxers commonly refer to this as the “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.”
How does this apply to your daily life? Basically, the jabs are your patient, steady interactions with your work, putting in the time and effort to ensure you produce great work everyday. Then periodically, you’ll deliver the “right hook,” in which you succeed, such as passing your exam, completing a work project, reaching your fitness target, or launching your own business.
Let’s look at a few real life examples.
In order to pass an exam you need to study and prepare for it often weeks or months before you write the exam. Your jabs are all the study sessions you have before writing the exam. Each of those study sessions is important and you must focus and put in the time to study. With each study session you increase your chances of passing the exam. If you prepare well enough you will be able to deliver your “right hook” on exam day.
Let’s say you set yourself a goal of being in great physical shape. Your jabs become all your training sessions, your rest days, and your daily healthy diet. You will need to be consistent with your training sessions to get fitter and to notice a difference. You will need to give yourself adequate rest days for your body to recover. You will need to maintain a healthy diet so you do not fight against the good work you are doing in the gym. All these small things add up and eventually you will arrive at a point you are happy with your physical fitness.
Starting Your Own Business
Most aspiring entrepreneurs look at successfully operating businesses and wonder, how will I ever start my own business one day? It seems like such an uphill task when you are starting out and you compare yourself to an end-product. Actually it is not that difficult if you can focus on what you need to do today to get yourself closer to launching your own business. Your daily tasks may include researching the market and competitors; registering your business; applying for a tax number; setting up your business’ website; finding a co-founder; etc. Each of those smaller tasks are your jabs and they build up until the day you deliver your “right hook” and launch your business. Focus on what you can do today and do it well.
With each of the examples above if you had focussed on the final success point (doing well on exam day; being in great physical shape; having an operational business) it would have been overwhelming. You probably would not start at all.
You should identify the jabs in your goal, the daily tasks required to get closer to your goal. Then you focus on these daily tasks and you do them well. You will realise that with each day you will move closer to success. In there lies the secret to success in most things: The Daily Grind.