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The best business advice my business (and life) mentor gave me was, “99% is hard, 100% is easy”. Too often we are 99 percenting it. We delay a CrossFit Level 1 or 2 certification because our schedules are too tight. We have an idea to start a supplement business or enter a fitness competition but don’t begin because “the timing isn’t right”.
What we really mean is we’re just not at 100%.
Here’s how to apply the 100% rule to your life, stat.
The first rule of getting what you want is knowing what you want. Priorities exist to give us clarity. They force us to contemplate the specifics of what it is that we want to be, do, or have. What do you most want to achieve this year? This is what will receive your 100%.
In coaching we call the best goals “stretch goals”—possible but with some stretch. We always want to push forward. It’s how we grow and feel happy. Is your 100% goal a stretch enough? Be honest. Make sure it’s something that, when you’re working toward it, you feel tested, inspired, and proud.
Part 3 is most important. Nothing, nothing, nothing changes without action.
Remember: All the best goals are deadline-driven. We need the why and the what, but also the when. If your goal is ongoing (for example, to take 10 minutes daily for meditation), then it’s simply a daily commitment. But give yourself no choice but to do it and you can tick it off your mental list every morning with satisfaction.
There are such great resources available to keep you focused. My favorite go-to’s include reading How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell, listening to the “Being Boss” podcast when I’m on the go, and using the Evernote app to stay organized and on top of my to-do list.
The sole reason I published my first book this year was that I heard this advice. It was two years in the making and then published within two months. There were no more decisions to make over when to sit down and write. It was type or die.
The right mindset and tools support you to make success much easier. But you just have to decide to commit to it 100%.
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The above chart is adopted from Life Incorporated. Re-create and expand it in your journal as you see fit.
So how do you put that plan into action—and track your progress? Halley Bock, author of Life, Incorporated: A Practical Guide to Wholehearted Living, has a blueprint to help you succeed at whatever you commit to 100%. Her book has tons of actionable exercises to help you work out everything from what you should do for work, play, and self-development; who are you doing things for; how to make a daily plan; and how to positively utilize help from your community for your and others’ benefit. Here are Bock’s top tips to follow through on your resolutions.
“First, figure out what you’re passionate about,” she says. What have you been most obsessed with over the years? Put your energy there.
To plot out an action plan, Bock explains, you need to consider obstacles you’ll encounter and what’s going to get in your way. “If you’ve tried to reach this goal before but weren’t successful, take time to pinpoint what got in the way. Was it self-sabotaging? Do you lack the necessary skills? Did you lose the passion?” By asking those questions when taking inventory for your plan you can anticipate or sidestep these obstacles.
Bock encourages you to maintain an area of your office with inspired images that mirror what you want. “But a vision without a plan is fantasy,” Bock warns—which is why the planner at right is key. Use her tips and worksheet to pull off your goals and change your life for the better.