I've been taking Marisa Peer's Uncompromised Life course on Mindvalley, and the whole course has been a treat. She teaches eight actions her most successful clients use to create the lives and success most just dream of. I've got a lot out of it so far.
But there's one golden nugget in it that's helped me more than anything else.
You see, I was a procrastinator. My conscientiousness score on the NEO-AC test was zero. Not "needs improvement." Or, "could do better." ZERO.
Procrastination is the most unprofessional of habits, and a problem I've been trying to solve my entire life.
The methods I know to solve it, from the "just get it out of the way" types to the Tomato Timer, just didn't help me. Or if they did, it was merely temporary.
Here was Marisa's take on the issue:
Elegant and simple, it appeals to the amoral economist in me.
Ah, the sheer satisfaction of admitting to, and then listing, the things I hate to do. Here are a few of mine:
Yes, I hate doing those things. And it feels great to say it.
I know, I know. Your kumbaya-flowing, Law-of-Attraction snake oil salesman of a guru tells you, "You should love running. It's good for you." Or, "You should be grateful you've got the money to easily pay your bills."
Seriously, dude. Piss off.
Now that I've already benefitted from the catharsis of admitting that I hate this stuff, I can go and conquer them. That's my mission.
But I MUST do it FIRST.
No Facebook. No email. No excuses.
Just do it.
So every morning, I wake up and immediately put on my running shoes. And I run. Not far. 10-15 minutes. That's enough. (As I get better, I'll go farther for longer.)
One victory in the bag already.
Then I take a shower, put on some clothes, and get to the rest of my hateful list.
I knock them out by 9am.
And the rest of my day is sheer joy.
Then, and only then, I get to be creative. I get to do what I'm really supposed to be doing: building my business.
And I can do that because I've already taken care of business.
So go forth and conquer. Now's the time, especially if you've been wasting it.
Why do so many people find professional exams so tough?
Is it because they're unintelligent?
They usually have excellent high school diplomas, first class university degrees, and highly successful professional careers behind them, but they still fail these exams.
Is it because they're unmotivated?
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