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This email falls on the first of January 2017, New Years, lets make this email slightly different…..
Quote I’m pondering-
“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli
Execution baby, don’t be paralyzed by not being perfect….DO.
As I have mentioned in previous emails, 2016 has been a doozy for me. No one cares. The market doesn’t care, my competitors don’t care, my friends don’t care, you don’t care, and I don’t care. Complaining does absolutely nothing. Rather than complain, I like to reflect. People don’t reflect enough these days. Reflection on the past is sure to benefit the future. So, what have I learned….
1) Conduct an 80/20 analysis on everything in my life. I am a huge fan of Tim Ferriss and he highly recommends this. The theory is that 20% of your input results in 80% of your positive output. The same is true for the negative, 20% of your input results in 80% of your negative, your bad, your misfortunes……KILL the negative and add more of the positive.
2) I severely overextended myself this past year and it resulted in subpar results. I’ve learned to only accept projects that I genuinely want to excel at, and then give them my undivided attention.
3) I am a very analytical, systems oriented, type of person. If things are just left un-organized, I run inefficiently. To counter this trait, I’ve decided to put systems in place that force me to become much more efficient and productive.
- Wake up at 6 everyday and go to bed at midnight every night.
- From 6-7:00 a.m. I will prepare my morning coffee, meditate for ten minutes, and organize the day in my head before I start anything else.
- I have set alarms and notifications for when to prepare for the gym so that nothing can intervene that priority.
- Prepare ALL of my meals for the week in advance, this totally minimizes inaccuracies and gives me one less thing to stress/deal with on the day-to-day.
- Journal every night before going to sleep. This gives me the opportunity to reflect on the day and plan for tomorrow and allows my creative thoughts to be put on paper.
4) I need to find ways to connect work/friends/family. My default is to sacrifice pleasure in the now to work towards the future. I think that is a good thing and I do not apologize for it. However, if everybody I care about is not on the same page, it puts tremendous stress on the relationships in my life. I need to either A, draw distinct lines that are not crossed or, B, find a way to blend them together so they compliment each other. I haven’t figured out which is best yet.
Rather than create “resolutions” that often get forgotten, I like to create “themes” that overshadow everything I do throughout the year. 2016’s theme was “Discovery.” I discovered what I wanted to do with my time. I discovered what I believed in. I discovered more about myself in 2016 than any other year by far. Keto Savage was born in 2016 out of these discoveries. 2017 is “Execution.” Now that I have the vehicle, the motivation, the foundation, and the drive, I’m going to execute. Every day is going to see me at work, practicing and perfecting my craft. Talk is cheap, DO. I can’t promise I won’t mess up, I can’t promise I won’t make mistakes. I can promise I will put myself out there to create something of value that I believe in. I can promise I won’t conclude 2017 with regret. I will be working towards mastery every day, every moment, every chance I get.