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2 Strategies To Win The Day, Every Single Time

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Here are a few things I’ve seen with passionate people. Whatever they’re working on, a book they’re writing, a startup they’re building, a career they’re invested in — they associate the ups and downs of it with their own happiness and fulfillment.

Of course this is almost always going to happen; this is your passion after all. But here’s the truth. If this thing is the only thing you have, you’re leaving yourself unbelievably vulnerable to the inevitable troughs of your adventure.

If this is the only thing you have, you’re going to be high as a kite during good times and as low as the Titanic when things aren’t so great. Not only is this extremely taxing on your mental health, but it’s also just a poor strategy for the lifetime of your project (and life in general).

So what’s the solution?

You pitched 6 investors today and they all said no. Your business is the only thing you’re working on. This day didn’t go so well because your business didn’t go so well. You feel bad.

This other person also pitched 6 investors today and unfortunately, the investors also said no. This person also went to the gym that day and increased their squat. They then cooked a new recipe for the first time and didn’t mess it up. This person won the day.

The key is to not exclusively bind your self worth to your work. Having other things, small things, almost negligible to the untrained eye — will be how you win the day.

It’s extremely easy to get caught up in the ‘main thing’ but having pet projects, fitness goals and learning goals that you can pursue concurrently, will be your life line during the low points.

Had a meeting with some stakeholders that went sour? Go extra hard on your run and beat your best time. Win the day.

Drew a creative blank for 6 hours? Extend your daily meditation, and add a few extra chapters of reading for the day. Win the day.

The unsolvable problems of today can be left for tomorrow without you having to feel guilt or mental fatigue.

Here is an extract out of a previous popular article of mine:

Every night before bed, write down 1 very actionable but substantial goal for the next day. If all else fails, you still need to achieve that goal. Whether it’s going for a run after work, writing 3 more paragraphs on your blog or completing a part of a project you’ve been doing.

Picking up this habit has been the single best thing that has allowed me to win the day. Everything could go wrong. As long as I’m able to complete the one task I’ve set out the night prior, I’m winning.

The important thing to note about setting a goal like this is to keep it simple, actionable, achievable, substantial but relatively small. Don’t set goals like “Get funding” if you’ve been trying to do that for the last 3 months… It’s about getting the couple most important tasks on your to-do list and prioritising them.

Master these two strategies and you’ll always win the day. Having other things in your life will give you a chance to decouple yourself from your work. And defining chunks of work to prioritise will allow you to complete tasks more effectively.

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Here’s another article that I think you’d like — It’s 8 Tiny Things You Can Do To Immediately Improve Your Life In Less Than 3 Minutes

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Sah out.

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