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How to be really good at what you do

November 23, 2017 Share
When it comes to excelling at something like sports, running a business, the common advice among experts is to identify your strengths and weaknesses and build on things you're good at, while finding ways to shore up your weaknesses.
"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person." - Albert Einstein
Know what actually matters. Be honest with yourself about the actions that truly move the needle in your business and your life. An 80/20 analysis is a great place to start. If you're stuck, just think of the tasks you fear the most - that give you anxiety just to think about. Those are likely the most important.

Kill multitasking. Stop thinking it's more efficient. It's not. No surfing during phone calls, reading during meals, chatting while writing. Do one thing at a time. Simple. Not only is multitasking terribly inefficient but it stresses you out and it's rude to anyone around you. Plan more time for each task. This is the easiest way to alleviate the schedule. And things always tend to take longer than we think. If your core task will take you 45 minutes, then block out 90. Actually schedule it on your calendar. If it only takes you 40 minutes then suddenly you have free time - how awesome (and rare) is that!

Take breaks and reward yourself. Most of us can only intensely focus on something for an hour at best. Take at least a few-minute break every 30 or 60 minutes to clear your head. Find a fun way to get you free and clear. Take a walk, meditate, feed the ducks, breathe, get a snack or some water or listen to an inspiring song. You pick.

Most of the competition are not hard to surpass. They're dealing with the same existential and practical challenges you are. Their life isn't structured for optimal creative expression. They are the primary obstacle in the path. Most will quit long before they ever really begin - always remaining mediocre at what they do.

With a few tweaks, you'll quickly drop through a wormhole placing you in the top 5-10 percent in your field. The challenge then becomes to move from there to the top - which movement is the real contest. Getting to the top 5-10 percent merely requires a change in lifestyle. Getting to the top 1 percent requires a fundamental change in your being.

Get Coaching/Education

Take your dreams seriously. Most people don't. Take them serious enough to become amazing and move beyond mediocre. Get education and coaching. Knowledge is power.

"When the student is ready the teacher will appear." - Buddha

Stop Living The Broken Rules Everyone Else Is Living

If it's popular it's wrong. Most people are mediocre at what they do for a reason. They're playing by rules that halt optimal performance. They are climbing traditional ladders intended to slow them down and keep them average.

When everyone else is zigging, that's when you zag. Darren Hardy says you should run "toward the thing everyone else is running from" in order to stand out from the crowd.

As Peter Diamandis says, "The day before something is a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea." If what you're doing doesn't seem slightly crazy to you, and very crazy to other people, you're probably following the safe path.

Instead of following the rules set by society, create your own rules. Restructure the game to automate your success. Dismiss the haters, convention, and conformity. Follow your heart and the voice inside you encouraging faith and forward movement. In order to be happy, you must build a lifestyle around being true to yourself. If you're true to yourself, good things will follow.

Be Consistent Until You Have A Break Through


If you haven't had your big break yet, keep going. Consistency is the most fundamental virtue to becoming the person you want to be. Almost everyone can sprint for a while. But most burn-out and quit. Everything meaningful in life is a marathon-meant to test your commitment and will.

If this is what you love doing, you'll do it regardless of the outcome. In fact, obsession with a particular outcome will keep you from attaining your desired results. Your work will be forced rather than organically lived.

There is a natural law known as the compound effect. If you invest a small amount of money consistently, eventually compound interest takes over and growth becomes exponential. The same holds true for any habit, whether good or bad. If you do something long enough, compounding will take effect, momentum will surge, and you'll begin to experience exponential results.

If you want it bad enough, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. If you don't, you won't. You'll be willing to reduce time with friends and hobbies, make big asks, take risks, find a mentor, get educated, and look foolish.

I'm grateful for amazing content and inspiration from www.ducttapemarketing.com, https://liveyourlegend.net and https://journal.thriveglobal.com.
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