I dated a guy in college who had a strange ritual. Every now and then, he decided he was out of shape.
“I’m disgusting!” he’d announce to no one in particular.
That afternoon, he would run for miles and miles. As if he could compensate for a sedentary semester in one quick spell.
The next day, his body would be so sore he could barely move.
Compare that with my friend Susan who lost over 65 pounds in one year. She made health a habit. And even after losing all that weight, she has a daily practice of working out, eating well and watching her mindsets.
For Susan, it wasn’t an Event. It was a System.
Now, consider a big goal that could multiply your business results this year.
What systems, habits or practices (different words, same outcome) do you need to put into place to create the results you want?
Here’s why this is such a crucial question:
A system or habit is something you set up in advance from a place of intention. You schedule it in advance. You set the alarm, define the work, set the timer, show up and get it done.
When you do this, you become immune to reactive thinking, to those days when you feel whiney, to the “I don’t feel like it’s,” and to the sudden moments of panic (like my college boyfriend used to have).
Your Magic Words are a ridiculously simple (but powerful) phrase that will multiply your results every time:
“This is just what I do.”
• The alarm goes off at 5am. There’s no asking yourself if you feel like getting up from the flannel sheets. (Of COURSE you don’t!)
You say, “This is just what I do.” No big deal. You head to the gym.
• Every Thursday at 6pm, you spend 30 minutes in QuickBooks, reconciling, analyzing and getting clear on your finances.
This is just what I do means you don’t race to your on-line banking account in a fury when your worried thoughts take over. You don’t have to react. You’ve got it covered every Thursday.
• It’s 9am which means it’s time to spend two hours marketing your business even though you don’t feel “inspired.”
This is just what I do means you sit down and write. It’s part of your business. It’s scheduled. It’s non-negotiable.
• It’s 5:30pm. Your co-workers are all leaving the office. You’ve started your own business, so you stay at your desk for an hour to generate ideas and connect with your “A” List of contacts.
This is just what I do means that you’re creating long-term results and opportunities, rather than rushing out for a second job to get that extra cash right now.
This is just what I do also ensures that you’ll continue the practice, rather than giving up after one or two phone calls!
If you fall prey to moods or “what if’s” or negative thoughts, then start using the Magic Words: “This is just what I do.” Creating systems, habits and practices will teach you more about success than success itself!
I started this article with not one single idea in my head. The committee in my head wanted me to think there were no ideas left, and perhaps I’d be more inspired tomorrow.
Then, I just sat down to write.
This is just what I do.