In this blog:
- 100 Day Challenge recap to date
- Success Requires Inconvenience
100 Day Challenge recap to date
Today is the 19th day of the 100 Day Challenge and today’s video is Success Requires Inconvenience. There are a few things which are sticking out in my mind as perhaps being key to greater success in my own life. The very first video was Grow Up, Get Serious. The grow up part doesn’t resonate too much in my life but, the Get Serious part does. Karate and Piano are two areas in my life that could benefit from being more serious. With karate, I know simply attending the classes can only do so much in helping me advance and I have to practice and review my katas & yakusoku’s outside of class, i.e., get more serious. Piano is one of those things which tends to cross my mind on a daily basis but absolutely nothing is being done in regard to playing at a level I could appreciate. Again, this is another area where I either need to eradicate further thinking about it in my head which will never happen or, instead of random fleeting thoughts, simply do it. Practice. Play.
I’m sure if I dwell on other areas of my life I’ll be able to come up with more ways to get more serious and thus get better results in any of those areas.
There was a list of things the other day about how to help empower one’s life and among that list was something along the notion of being uncomfortable and striving for more discomfort. I know this is a simply adage about getting out of your comfort zone but, really applying that in day to day situations and everyday life on a consistent basis can be a little different since it can mean cutting into time normally spent engaging in behavior patterns which may simply be coping mechanisms for ones life.
I guess some coping mechanisms can be better than others. Some may be downright destructive while others may be more benign and simply a waste of time. I suppose mine would be more in the benign, time wasting camp. I recall in another blog that I’d mentioned it being very easy for me to be content – A cup of coffee and an internet connection can easily turn into a pot of coffee and mindless tangential Internet surfing. This leads me into thinking about Steven Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People where he illustrates a Cartesian coordinate system with Importance on one axis and Urgency on the other. Things in a person’s life are either important or not important and they are either urgent or not urgent. This is how the four sections of the graph are filled out and in order to spend more time on things that are Important but not necessarily Urgent, we take time away from those things which are Not Important and Not Urgent …which, as one example, could be my coffee & Internet Surfing.
Success Requires Inconvenience
High performers understand that the road to success is filled with acts of discomfort and sacrifice. They choose what needs to be done regardless of the inconvenience. But, if they don’t like to be inconvenienced then why do some people embrace it?
Successful people are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. While the overwhelming majority of people are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods. That is the distinction, successful people are driven by pleasing results while the majority of people are interested in pleasing methods. That’s where the excuse of convenience comes into the equation. The vast majority of people are inclined to be satisfied by such results as can be obtained by doing things that they like to do or simply that they find to be convenient.
My first notable sacrifices while trying to adhere to this program would have to be skipping going out to watch the Cardinals baseball game to take care of other more important matters. Listening to the game on the radio while taking care of business was the substitution.
The biggest inconvenience was similar for both me and my brother this past weekend. I have to admit – on Saturday morning, physically, the last thing in the world I wanted to do was get up at 5 a.m. after having so little sleep the previous two nights. The thought of skipping both the 5k and karate testing crossed my mind.
Our testing was a little premature due to an upcoming trip to Okinawa for many of our dojo members. One person never showed up for their testing and another couldn’t get through the testing. I talked with people afterwards and without exception, everyone of them had considered skipping.
I know over Thur, Fri & Sat night, my brother had only 10 hours of sleep himself which was about the same as me but still managed a trip to New York for a talk and a flight back and then a totally butt kicking 2:07 time in the half marathon on Sunday morning.
So, there’s definitely effort going out – just looking to further tweak situations for greater productivity – looking to embrace more inconvenience for greater results and, i would think, a happier life.