It Doesn’t Really Matter

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”
- Benjamin Franklin

It Doesn’t Really Matter

Last month I made a commitment. It was simple, I committed to writing at least 1000 words every single day, for an entire month. That was it. 100% of my focus and energy was directed at making that commitment a reality.

This meant that I had to write. Every single day. Whether I had something to write about or not. Whether I was plagued with writer’s block (which I don’t believe in, anyways) or not.

And more importantly, whether I felt like it or not. (Pssst…..you can see my results here, if you’re curious…)

To me, a commitment is an absolute. When you commit to something, you are pushing all of your chips into the center.

Nothing short of catastrophe can prevent you from making a commitment a reality.

Now, when I committed to writing 1000 words every single day for an entire month, there was NOBODY holding me accountable, or checking in on me. There was nobody, other than me, who would even know if I missed a day, or didn’t quite get to 1000 words for the day.

I would though.

It seems as though a lot of people feel that months don’t matter. Or weeks don’t matter. Or even days, don’t really matter.

I hear people saying all the time, “It doesn’t really matter if I…

It doesn’t really matter if 80% of my diet is clean.

It doesn’t really matter if I workout 4 times this week.

It doesn’t really matter if I save 20% of my income.

Don’t think that these thoughts didn’t creep into my head during the month of June. They absolutely did. I caught myself constantly thinking things like, “It doesn’t really matter if I miss a writing session, or if I take a Sunday off, or if I stop a little bit short.”

But, it does.

Every positive decision you make, moves you closer to the vision you glorify in your mind.

Every negative decision, takes you a step further away.

There are so many things that don’t seem to matter, but it’s always the little things, the details, that end up making the biggest difference in the end.

John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach for UCLA used to have all of his players put their socks and shoes on in a specific and strategic manner to prevent his players from getting blisters. This seemingly insignificant detail allowed his team to practice harder, play harder and ultimately, win more championships than any other college dynasty in the history of the NCAA.

John Wooden seriously believed that this detail was one of the most important details that enabled his teams to have so much success.

It might seem crazy, but the details matter.

Keeping commitments (that nobody even knows about) matters.

Doing what you say you are going to do (every single time) matters.

Doing your best (at everything that you attempt) matters.

Even if it ends in failure.

All of these habits that you possess right now, at this moment, will slowly become your reality.

They will become your life.

Make sure that you are extremely careful about what you think does, or does not, matter.

Something to think about:

How would you describe your current reputation? How do you REALLY want to be remembered? Are you the type of person who ALWAYS does what you say you’re going to do?


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