Today is Thomas Edison’s 164th birthday.
It has been said Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison allegedly replied…
“I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”
Or something like that.
I sure HOPE that’s true because it’s a great story showing the power of having a positive mindset and never giving up.
But it doesn’t reveal one of the most important secrets to Edison’s success… and it’s something ALL of us can easily do.
I’ve shared a few of my morning habits here on the blog before.
They not only keep me happy and more sane than I’d normally be… they’re also the biggest secrets to my productivity and success.
Here’s a couple of my most important morning habits:
1. 33 minutes and 33 seconds writing… and after a 5 minute break…
2. 33 minutes and 33 seconds practicing the guitar.
It’s amazing how every single day, a plethora of various problems, situations and people seem to conspire against me to keep me from doing those morning habits.
I simply put the blinders on and do them anyway.
Today, for example, after my 33 minute and 33 second writing session, there was an allegedly urgent “fire” that only I could put out. I considered dealing with it and putting my guitar practice off until later.
Problem is, when you do that, “later” never comes… and it never gets done.
So I ignored the “fire”, picked up my guitar and got in my 33 minutes and 33 seconds of practice.
Amazingly, I made a BIG breakthrough… and smashed through a rut that’s been keeping me from progressing for several months now.
It was almost as if some kind of little “anti success” gremlins just KNEW I was close to making a major breakthrough… and those little bastards came out of the woodwork to do all their evil shenanigans to keep me from it.
How did I defeat those evil little buggers?
I IGNORED Them!
And by simply ignoring them and continuing my simple daily habits day after day, consistently and persistently, those ugly little gremlins went running for the hills.
And the “fire” that seemed so urgent?
Turns out it wasn’t so urgent after all. It took care of itself.
A worthwhile dream or goal isn’t accomplished with infrequent sprints. Progress is made and goals are accomplished by daily consistency and persistency.
Little actions repeated day after day, month after month, year after year… THAT is the secret.
And it ain’t that hard.
You just put the blinders on and do it.
Give it a try for 21 days and you’ll discover something pretty cool.
It actually gets EASIER.
You see, after 21 days (more or less) a habit is established… and it takes less self discipline to KEEP doing the habit than to START the habit.
So all you have to do is suck it up and grow a pair for 21 days. After that it won’t always be smooth sailing… but it WILL be easier.
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