It’s easy to beat yourself up when you fall off the wagon.
You fail on that diet because pizza is delicious.
You skip the gym because it’s cold.
You declare “Next Monday!”
The answer must be within the newest, shiniest thing you want, right? Nope.
The best plans and gear in the world don’t count for anything if you can’t follow through.
The problem is, there’s no new plan or diet that will give you what you really need to succeed: Consistency.
Yes, excitement is important and doing something you actually enjoy doing is important. However, if you don’t stay consistent all the bells and whistles in the world won’t matter.
As of today, there are only 73 days left in the year.
Some people use that as an excuse to wait until 2016 to start working toward the things they want.
If you really want something, the time to start is now. 73 days is a long time. It’s enough to change your body, change your finances, change your career, or change your entire life. That’s 1,168 hours (assuming you sleep 8 hours every night) to work with.
The reason I preach so much about habit and character development is because I saw that my clients who simply showed up every single day were the ones to crush their goals.
One of the best things I was ever told is:
Only take advice from people who have what you want.
This is why I’ve been studying people who are successful in all the areas I want to have.
So what’s the one trait they all have?
They show up every single day, whether they feel like it or not.
That’s it. It isn’t the shoes, the cars, the money, or any other circumstance. They simply commit to doing the one thing that matters the most every single day.
I’m currently reading Ronda Rousey’s book, and quote hit home:
My mom always says that to be the best in the world, you have to be good enough to win on a bad day because you never know if the Olympics are going to fall on a bad day. (pg. 71)
Most of us will never compete in the Olympics, but the message still applies. Even on our worst days, we need to be able to get the important things done.
That’s what separates the winners from everyone else. That’s what puts people in the category from just dreaming about something to making it happen.
The only way to make sure you smash 2016 is to start to build the habits now so they’re automatic by the time the clock strikes midnight.
It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently. – Tony Robbins
Now is not the time to cry over 2015, to wish you had done something different, to quit before the year is over.
Plan for your bad days so you can smash through them.
That’s how you become a champion.