Let’s face it, starting anything is easy. A new workout plan, a new meal plan, a new book. We all want the *NEW* thing. Think about it, anything new has a sense of excitement around it. There is a sense of adventure and optimism.
A *NEW* iPhone
A *NEW* car
A *NEW* job
A *NEW* vacation
The possibilities of a *NEW* workout plan
Just imagine the possibilities!!!
This excitement around *NEW* is why:
- 95% of diets fail over a period of 1-5 years
- Over 50% of marriages end in divorce
- Only 6% of Boy Scouts ever reach the rank of Eagle
- Less than 1% of all those who start a martial art achieve the rank of Black Belt (my own observation on this stat in full disclosure)
The point I am trying to make is that with any endeavor worth doing, at some point the “new smell” is going to wear off and it is going to look a lot like (please forgive me for saying it)……..WORK!! Nothing can stay *NEW* forever. Every *NEW* car gets its first scratch. Every *NEW* career becomes a job. Every *NEW* workout hits a plateau.
So if everything new becomes old (and all of it becomes new again), why is it that some are able to achieve great things in these endeavors while the vast majority allow themselves to fall by the wayside? And more importantly, what can we all do to ensure we are a part of the minority vs. the majority?
The minority decide early they are not quitting:
I cannot over emphasize how important this differentiator is. If you go into an endeavor with the attitude of “let’s see what happens”, you are giving yourself the out. There are certainly times that would be appropriate but if you are serious about achieving anything, decide early that you will succeed and never think about it again.
The minority learn to embrace the grind:
This is a term that I stole from Martial Arts and Wrestling training. Training for these endeavors can be physically and mentally brutal. I also call it “suck training”. Suck training is different for every endeavor but learn to make this your favorite training. You progress more in those times than any other.
The minority identifies the little things but focus on the one big thing:
In his book Good to Great, Jim Collins introduces us to the concept of a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). A goal so big that it inspires your endure all the little things. Envision the end goal when you are doing the smaller, seemingly tedious, tasks that need to be completed to get you there.
The minority celebrate the small victories along the way:
If I had waited to celebrate anything along my martial arts journey till I received my black belt, I would have been waiting for nearly a decade. There were plenty of smaller celebrations, belt colors, tournaments, techniques achieved. Set small goals that lead to the larger BHAG and celebrate those (just not a Big Mac and ice cream for hitting a weight loss goal)
So there you have it. My plan for becoming a part of the minority and developing a steadfast resolve. So what are you trying to accomplish? What is your BHAG?
I’ll start…..I want to end the trend of obesity in the US. How is that for a BHAG?