How to make Progress a habit

Success depends on incremental progressWhether you’re investing in real estate, trying to get in shape or starting a business, success in any endeavor really depends on your ability to “move the ball forward” on a consistent basis.

Success is not achieved through one action with massive results, but rather an endless series of small steps that accumulate over time.

Success depends on incremental progress.

Take, for example, an Olympic-class Swimmer.  They don’t just wake up one day as a world-class athlete.  Their success is a result of years of training, dedication, perseverance and discipline.  At that level, they train for hours and hours for fraction-of-a-second improvements, but they still strive for improvements on a daily basis.

Success in your endeavor is no different.  The key is to develop the habit of making incremental improvements on a daily basis.

But how do we make incremental improvements when we’re consumed by the ‘busy-ness’ of our daily lives?

How do we avoid complacency and consistently move towards our higher-level goals?

The Power of 3

It’s pretty simple, really.

Pick three things on a daily basis, no matter how small, that you can do to move the ball forward.  That’s it.

These are tasks that are outside of your daily life and routine….what I call “higher-level tasks”.  These are the things that will improve your life as a whole, as opposed to the endless stream of seemingly important and urgent day-to-day tasks that consume all of our time.

Make it a daily ritual

There are 2 habits to develop here:

  1. Make a list of 3 tasks each day
  2. Take action and “just do it”

I would suggest knocking them off first-thing in the morning, while you’re still fresh and energized.  Then just go about your day.

Think of it this way:

3 tasks per day = 21 tasks per week = 1092 tasks per year!

How can you not move towards your goals?  And it will be totally painless!

Try it.  It works.