Want some crazy gains? Block out a single time for your most important activities, do the core activity and that alone during that time, never miss a day, and refuse to be outworked in that timeframe.
Battling off procrastination and really focusing is hard enough.
But success can be even sneakier in a way. The next time you get a run of much-bigger-than-usual wins in a row, you might be surprised at your own reaction.
You'll likely get a burst of adrenalin and positive euphoric hormones... followed by a crash.
Bank on it. Count on it. Plan for it.
And then fight it.
Dealing with bad days is hard, but you've got practice with it. Dealing with low energy is hard, but you can train it up and do cleanup/maintenance tasks when low. Dealing with large amounts of success coming at a rapidly fast pace can be paradoxically more challenging.
You're likely to get sloppy, or break off the pattern that just led you to the wins. You might fail to consolidate, or not followthrough to lock in the gains.
As bad as failure is, success can at times be worse. Because it's sneaky. Success, especially outsized successes, have a way of setting you up to take your eye off the ball, to get off your gain, and to crash resoundingly hard.
Celebrate for a moment. Have a celebratory chicken curry, or whatever it is you eat and drink. Accept the high-fives and well-wishes... briefly. Then re-evaluate, get over yourself, and get back to hustling.
"After victory, tighten the straps on your helmet." -- Tokugawa Ieyasu, The Third and Final "Great Unifier" of Japan, Founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate That Ruled Japan For 250 Years
This is basically how I manage all my important goals. Rather than setting a specific outcome to be completed I set myself up to work towards the goal for one hour per day or x hours per week. I find that when I work that way I'm much less likely to lose motivation or interest due to not achieving some outcome by a certain time. Although I can see how it would also be detrimental to someone who was overly perfectionist.
Exactly. It's the boom and bust cycle. When things are going well, we think they'll never go bad but it's a self-defeating prophecy.
Good questions from a reader -
There are some questions I want to ask you about the shogun era.
Why didn't the generals around Tokugawa Ieyasu aim for more power?
What were their end game?
You can't control definitively whether you'll succeed or fail, but you do get to set the parameters. The way I live my life, I will either be an big success or a huge failure. There are a variety of potential paths ahead of me, and zero of them lead to comfortable success or minor failure. None of them lead to numb mediocrity.
How do you adjust these parameters? You set goals and accept risks. If you set goals low and don't accept many risks, you have no chance of huge success or huge failure. You'll end up somewhere in the middle. Maybe you'll end up a bit better off than you expected, or a bit down on your luck, but you'll be somewhere in the range of "fine". On the other hand, you can set extremely high goals, leave yourself no reasonable plan B, and take massive risks to get those goals. It's the only way you'll even reach them, but you may fall short and crash.
In my case, I've put all of my eggs in the SETT basket. I hope it becomes a huge success that makes me a lot of money, gives me some power to improve conversation on the internet, and all that. At this point I've invested two years of my life into it, with no plans of changing that allocation going forward. I've passed up many smaller opportunities that could have made me money. I do have some money saved up, but it's hard to count it as a backup plan when I know with certainty that if SETT failed I'd use it to start another company and go all in.
I work as smart as I can, I live frugally, and I plan for contingencies-- I'm not reckless, but when a calculated risk presents itself, I'm all over it.