There’s a quote I live by, and it goes like this:
“How you do anything is how you do everything."
I love this so much.
As I’ve explained before, this is why I’m doing the #100dayproject.
I have a vision of who I want to be (a world-class branding and marketing whiz for purpose-driven businesses) and the kind of life I want to lead (one of service, leadership, exploration and quality relationships).
But all the ways I want to get there require both courage and discipline. While I’m certain people are born with different baseline “quantities” of things like courage and discipline, I also think these are muscles that can be trained.
So putting my writing out there, fully expressing my beliefs, and doing this every single day is challenging, but potentially vastly rewarding in terms of the returns.
If how I show up for my life is reflected in how I show up for small projects, then how can I start cultivating the qualities I need to effectively complete these projects so that the bigger things in life can become easier?
How can I set myself up for success by training myself to deepen the qualities and skills I need for the life of my dreams?
This kind of thinking can 10x our lives in two ways, in my opinion:
First, it builds our self-awareness. If we start looking at small activities—how we communicate, how we accomplish tasks, how we approach exercise, and so on—as microcosmic models of our general approach to everything else, we can detect the patterns that hold us back.
Second, this understanding helps us improve performance in a simple, achievable way. It breaks down big changes into small practices. If we use one thing we do every day as the arena in which we study and improve ourselves, we can more easily remove blind spots, replace them with constructive patterns, and become high performing across multiple dimensions.
This line of thinking suggests that if we develop toughness in a sport, for example, we can extend that quality to other areas of life once we’ve built it in just that sport. If we cultivate patience in relationships, we can become more patient and level-headed in other areas of life.
This is my hypothesis, anyway, and I’m doing this project to test it out for myself. So far it’s pretty hard, since I started off strong and felt good about even five straight days of posting — but fell off the wagon since I was traveling in New York the past few days.
But I’ve written three posts in one day to compensate, and I’m going to say that the last 3 days I’ve been spending time hatching the ideas and refining my main points in my mind. The gritty, noisy concrete jungle of Manhattan is surprisingly conducive to energetic, rigorous thought and creativity. 😉
Besides, being nice to myself about falling off the wagon makes it easier to get back on.
What qualities do you need to develop to life the life you envision for yourself? And what one activity or area of your life can you choose to cultivate them in little by little so you can set yourself up for success?
What’s your #100dayproject?