We’ve all heard that genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Clearly, Thomas Edison knew that achieving your dreams went beyond just having an idea. This is great but it can also instill fear within those of us who are already working our buns off to pay the bills, much less achieve the success we’ve always dreamed about. Having the idea can feel like a breakthrough to the solution. But it’s not: Executing on that idea is the solution. Rather than getting discouraged by this fact, let it motivate you to action in the following ways:
Be very clear on the goal: It’s easy to get distracted into doing things that feel (and actually are) productive when we lose sight of what the end-result looks like. Be PERFECTLY clearly on the goal and don’t waste your time doing productive things that aren’t relevant.
Get a partner: Accountability is huge in achieving our dreams because when the going gets tough even our wildest passion isn’t always enough to keep us going. That’s when we turn to our trusted friends and advisors… or better yet a certified coach who has our best interest in mind whether these will make us “happy” in the moment or not.
Do something for 100 Days: I talk a lot about accomplishing tasks in 10 minutes. It is a digestible period of time in many respects. 100 days is a longer version of this. Do SOMETHING toward your goal every day for 100 days. Even if it’s only for ten minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish doing something for 100 days rather than thinking about how you’re not doing something for 100 days.
Create financial accountability: I just agreed to pay my coach $150 per day that I do not create an update about what I am doing to advance successful and sustainable change for my business. She wanted a $1,000 a day… not because she’s greedy but because she really doesn’t want me to miss this opportunity for myself. Surround yourself with people who create this accountability within you…even if it ultimately has to involve money.
Have a process around what you do: A very smart entrepreneur named James Clear (@James_clear) points out exactly how he starts every routine with a simple step. Getting a glass of water before he begins writing, for example. This is the easy step that motivates him into the rest of his routine. My routine involves doing the hardest part of what I have to accomplish for 10 minutes. By then I’m well into it and it seems less hard. So how can you begin this routine for yourself each day?
Make it a habit: This takes creating a process one step further, by making this process occur at the same time everyday within a specific set of parameters. Rather than making a choice to do something each day, it naturally becomes a part of your routine through habit formation—like brushing your teeth or getting out of bed. It’s an automatic habit, not the one you have to force yourself to do.