There is no immediate need for you to separate yourself from the crowd. To be the next billionaire, the richest man in Babylon. No need to stand up and be different and no need to be that one person that changes the world. (of course it would always be great to be the person that stops the asteroid hitting the earth, Hollywood style… etc etc)
Changing the world would be cool.
That can be your choice to chase all of that and that is always ok. People succeed at that…. but when they do, when they conquer whatever it was they conquered in order to be that super successful person, they always claim that ‘that very thing’ was not what they were focused on.
They were always focused on being better each day, day-by-day they would make the small improvements. Making gradual gains that compound.
The mindset of the successful is to Improve on the previous day by 1%.
This is the difference in some that do and some that don’t. The people that do deliver, the ones that make that impact, deliver on the difference, are doing it gradually.
There is no such thing as an overnight success.
That musician that played his instrument every day since the age of 3 and hits the big time with his first music release is NOT an overnight success.
The Artist that sells his paintings for fortunes following years of practice and study classes, the Football Player that wins the Super Bowl, the Golfer, the Dancer, the rich Businessman…. they are never an overnight success.
The Crowd sucks.
The majority of the people don’t focus on the small improvements. The Crowd don’t. The Crowd herds along in a Matrix like stupor, but, and here is the amazing thing… they have the exact same grand expectations that you might have. They also want to make a difference, they would also love to save the world.
But, the couch is too comfortable and Netflix is too exciting. Life is too busy. I don’t have the time. I don’t know what to do. I just… it’s just that…
Stand out from The Crowd and keep yourself super busy on improving yourself 1% each day and put in place the consistency of habits so that you can leave a trail of growth behind you.
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” –Henry David Thoreau
AND BEFORE YOU PUSH BACK AGAINST THIS IDEA!!
Take heed of the following simple rules and don’t over think it. It is always about simplifying and focusing. Always.
- There’s is no exact measurement for the 1% – grow the f*ck up and stop over engineering it so you can avoid it.
- You will know when you are improving, it just is. Again – you are over thinking it.
- Starting is better than The Crowd…
- NOT stopping is better than The Crowd.
- Don’t look up until later. Keep your head down and stay on the track. It’s a slow train, just get with it.
- When you do look up… you will know when the time is right to do this. (Over thinking!!). When you look up, LOOK BACK and see how far you have come.
This is the guidelines you should put in place.
Aim to have continuous improvement and don’t over-think it, over-engineer it or over-do-it… otherwise it will do you over.
Slowly, slowly wins the race. Like the hare and the tortoise… the reason for the very fable is to stress this point. Pace yourself or you will burn out.
Go for the small steps for getting good…
When your focus is on the small improvements, day over day, forever.
You might just be blown away when you do lift up your head to look around and you see that you… YOU!…
You have changed your world.
“To a disciple who was forever complaining about others, the Master said, ‘If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.’” —Anthony de Mello