Want Success? Just do This One Thing: Leap Year W36

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Welcome back to the Leap Year, where I share helpful tips on how you can finally take the “Leap” and pursue and discover what you are passionate about in the face of everyday challenges. I was able to finally understand and simplify the equation for success.

36 weeks and 36 big X’s on my Leap Year calendar when I look at it. Pretty crazy to think I am in this position today just by showing up and completing the work.

This week I did not complete my weekly task until Saturday and I can remember when this would stress me out in the beginning of my Leap Year process. Now, I am able to use the Be a Pro strategy and complete the work. In addition, I had to use multiple Implementation Intentions in combination with the CV,FA strategies to follow through, but the key thing is I was able to complete the weekly task.

This week Megan was sick, which shifted our weekly schedule and there was an opportunity to have dinner with one of former students, which I could not pass up. In the past, I would have viewed these events as obstacles and would stress out about how I could not complete everything I wanted to. Now, I know I will execute and complete the weekly task no matter what challenges life presents me.

During my Leap Year process I have often heard the phrase

“success leaves clues.”

We often times, me included, make success more complicated than it is. You might be asking what do you mean by this. Well, let me say the formula for success is quite simple. First you commit 100% and then stay disciplined to actions which move you forward. That is it!

The hard part is following through when you are not motivated or feel like you do not have enough time. I have learned success is mechanical, as the steps are easy to follow, but the difficult part is we must follow through to attain it. In addition, freedom is experienced through discipline, and discipline is an action which follows commitment.

Dane Maxwell and Andy Drish, founders of The Foundation and owners of multimillion dollar software businesses say

“100% commitment is easy, while 99% is a #%$@%!”

In the teaching profession there is a saying

“You give them (students) an inch, they will take a mile.”

This supports the idea of 100% commitment. If you commit 100%, there is no space for doubt to creep into your mind and there is no question when you are faced with a difficult decision. While, if you are 99% committed there is a 1% chance you will not follow through. This can easily open the door to uncertainty, which makes it difficult to stay disciplined to the key actions, ie completing your weekly task for your Leap Year process.

Thus, make success mechanical and take the guess work out of the process. Commit 100% and be disciplined in following through on actions which move you forward in your Leap Year process to gain the freedom you are seeking.


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