Don’t Like It? Get Better.

That phrase probably saved my life.

A pithy comment from an irreverent television show about fantasy football saved my life. I don’t even like fantasy football that much.

It struck me that if I did not like the situation I was in, it was incumbent on me to change it. And that left two choices; fight or surrender, level up or be forever found wanting.

Last year when the world went to pieces I was able to hit the reset button on how I spent my time.

We’ll get into specifics tomorrow, but here was my general mindset about how I went about making changes.

1. Identify your core values. This gets thrown around a lot, but I cannot recommend this enough. Determining what is most important gives you a lens by which to assess every action and decision.

2. Focus on key behaviors. Most things come down to one or two crucial parts. Knowing these will shorten your learning curve and allow you to plan ahead for challenges and obstacles.

3. Track progress and use data to inform decisions and course corrections. Sunk costs don’t factor into future decisions. If something is working, do more or double down. If it’s not working, try to find out why and fix, or it or use your time and energy on something else.

4. Celebrate the small wins. They give you the juice to keep going.

5. Persist. Give yourself enough time to see improvement. Motivation gets you started; discipline keeps you going.

We often overestimate what we can accomplish in a day, while we underestimate what we can accomplish in a year.

A year from now, what are you going to wish you did today?

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