We’ve all heard this quote 09384708x — “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” But what does it really mean? James tells all…
“I wish I could go back + tell myself one thing: nothing is going to change for you tomorrow. Diets don’t work tomorrow. But every diet works. Habits don’t change in a day. But 1% a day makes every habit work. Every. The reason is: they work if you do a little each day. If you relax + give yourself permission to only improve a little each day, then a good habit works. It’s permission to improve. It’s also permission to fail.
Because when you first start something, you’re on day one. If you want to succeed at anything, you have to give yourself persimmon to fail twice as much as you thought you would. If you insist, I need to change RIGHT NOW, then it won’t work. You’ll only get worse. If you insist the habit changes tomorrow, then the habit will certainly fail. Improve a little each day. It compounds. When 1% compounds every day, it doubles every 72 days, not every 100 days. Compounding tiny excellence is what creates big excellence. You can’t be a master in one day. You have to improve a little every day. You can also decrease 1% a day. We can say, ‘awww, it’s only one day — don’t pressure me!’ Such an easy choice. It seems trivial. 1% up or 1% down. But it sneaks up. Every day matters.” [James Altucher]
Questions I’m going to ask myself…
>> Can I read a little more
>> Can I write a little more
>> Can I pray a little more
>> Can I yoga a little more
>> Can I eat a little better
>> Can I cook a little more
>> Can I drink water a little more
>> Can I get rid of #AllTheThangs a little more
>> Can I turn my phone on airplane mode a little more
>> Can I reach out to my friends//family a little more
>> Can I take feedback a little more
>> Can I “be less, do more” a little more — thinking of ways to help every person I meet
>> Can I play + CHALLENGE myself a little more [#adventures]
What’s your list?
++ remember: anything is possible if you’re willing to pay the price. Sounds cliche, but it’s true.