HOW TO REACH THE NEXT LEVEL IN LIFE
We were driving from Chicago to Toledo, Ohio last week for a family event and of course I was listening to a podcast.
I spent about 3 out of the 5 hour car ride listening to podcasts to absorb as much knowledge as possible.
This was at like 6 am. If you want to know a little bit about my family… well… when we say we are going to leave the house at 7 am… that means 6 am… We are anxious people who are always on time.
We HATE being late.
So, I was listening to Ed Mylett at 6 am on how to reach your goals and knock down that wall that’s stopping you.
HOT TIP: Listening to motivational + educational podcasts to start your day is a great way to boost your creativity and set your intentions!
A quick synopsis of this podcast:
Ed basically stated that what separates the good from the great and you from reaching your goal is doing ONE MORE THING.
Honestly… that is how I personally live each day. When I am done doing a task, or I finish a workout or I am about to close my computer for the night, I do ONE MORE THING. I push myself.
That ONE MORE THING adds up over a long period of time.
That one more thing is one LESS thing on your to do list.
That one more thing is what takes you to that NEXT level…
…because you are outdoing what you thought was your “max.”
You are going above and beyond.
You are taking that one extra step.
That one extra step that you take EVERY DAY, adds up to hundreds of extra steps taken over a period of time.
That one extra thing that you did, adds up to many hours!
I am a huge believer in routines. But, within that routine, I refuse to stay comfortable. What I mean by that is I am always pushing myself. So, I believe in a morning + night time routine to set me up for success, but I don’t believe in the 9-5 work hours.
Even if you work a 9-5 job, if you want to reach the next level, you cannot get comfortable in a routine that you do every single day. You will remain in the same place and it will take you MUCH longer to reach whatever goal it is you have, right?
Ed gave the example of fitness.
I liked this example a lot, which is why I am sharing it with you.
If you are running on the treadmill for 30 minutes. 30 minutes is your standard, right? After 30, you’re off that treadmill and you accomplished what you set out to do at the gym, ok?
When you do 31 minutes, you step outside of your “standard” routine.
One minute doesn’t seem like a lot, but let’s break it down.
That’s 7 extra minutes/week.
That’s 30 extra minutes/month.
That’s 365 extra minutes/year.
That’s about an extra 6 HOURS of extra cardio.
In the moment, that one minute might not be a lot, but over time, that one thing adds up.
If you’re trying to improve your cardio, how does that NOT make sense?
He also used sports as an example.
Golf to be specific.
If a golfer is at practice and does 100 swings, Tiger Woods does 101. That extra swing, adds up to hundreds of extra swings over time.
When you feel like you are “done” with something, take it to the next level and just do ONE MORE THING.
That ONE MORE THING is going to allow more room for you to get MORE done.
To work smarter. To work quicker. To reach goals faster.
You might not feel like doing that one more thing in the moment, but when you finish that one thing, you are going to feel a difference. Especially over time.
When I’m writing blog posts, I like to batch them. I’ll sit down on a Sunday or 4 am on a Monday and write 4-5 posts for the week.
But, when I finish that 4th or 5th post, I say, “let’s do one more.”
That ONE MORE post increases the amount of value that I deliver to my audience.
That ONE MORE post, helps me to understand my audience at a quicker rate because I can see what they are interested in.
That ONE MORE post, separates me from my competition because while they are in their routine, I am doing ONE MORE THING.
TBH, I’m in competition with myself. With being better than I was yesterday. With getting done what needs to get done that day and then ONE MORE THING.
That is what has helped me to grow at a quicker rate.
It’s simple. One more thing. If you want to break barriers, reach your goals quicker and truly become to best version of yourself, do one more thing every single day.
Live by that rule. Even if that one more thing is small. At the end of the day, it is ONE MORE THING.