The odds are against you succeeding; let’s change that.
Life is a numbers game.
You have a 1 in 1,5 million chance of becoming a movie star.
You have a 1 in 2,3 million chance of being struck by lightning.
You have a 1 in 112 million chance of being killed by a vending machine.
There are other statistics that hit much closer to home:
8 in every 10 startups will fail within the first 18 months.
Only 8% of people ever accomplish their new years resolutions.
I hate to tell you this, but the odds of you succeeding are stacked against you. It’s not a pessimistic point of view, it’s simply reality.
Over the years your biology, psychology and environment in which you live conditions you to survive, but not always to thrive. You become complacent and stop pushing as hard. You encounter resistance and decide that it’s easier to simply stop.
I am here today to help you tilt the odds back in your favour with 3 ideas for your consideration.
You will go from ‘May the odds be ever in your favour’ to “No matter the hand I am dealt, I am going to crush it”.
Develop a routine
This might be the most important thing you can do. Why? Because it breeds consistency.
The reason we so often fail at changing our ways is that we try to erratically shove new behaviours into an existing routine without considering the impact on the rest of the routine, or not having a routine at all to support the new behaviour.
Routines are not boring. That was not a typo.
As long as you believe that a routine will somehow stifle your creativity, productivity or freedom you will never implement it.
The most successful people I know are pedantic about their routines. They have to be. The more successful you become the more responsibility you have to deal with which means that you have more activities/requests that contend for your time.
If you try and wing it, you will fail.
At the very least start with an Anchor Action.
Become more strategic
One thing I love hearing is how BetterMan has become the strategic partner for thousands of men. Helping them approach life and business in a more deliberate and intentional manner.
At the heart of strategy, prioritisation and time-management lies a very simple principle:
“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ”
― Michael E. Porter
Simple, but hard to execute. It begs the question, “how should I know what not to do?”
The easy answer is that you should not do the things that don’t align with your vision. The more complex answer is that you need to match your strategy to your results and iterate from there.
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results” – Sir Winston Churchill
Just remember that planning and review means nothing if you don’t take a hard look at the results you are getting. If an activity becomes impotent then kill it.
In the Superman comics, Doomsday has to be the most lethal opponent that Superman ever faces. The only one to ever “kill” Superman.
Doomsday is indestructible. Why? Well, it traces back to his origin story.
In short, as a kid he was released into the world, killed by the deadly environment, his remains were used to clone a stronger version. An accelerated form of evolution. This happened over and over until he became invincible.
Now as a full grown bad-ass super-villian his cells go through the same process becoming stronger and stronger with every assault he endures.
Your version of becoming Unstoppable does not involve being mauled by creatures.
Instead, you want to focus on harnessing a stronger body, mind and soul every single day.
Stronger body – getting adequate exercise and nutrition.
Stronger mind – reading, journaling, studying, listening to podcasts.
Stronger soul – spending time with yourself, doing things that make you happy, meditation and religious practices.
Little by little these actions transform your cells. You evolve into a newer, more powerful version of your former-self.
The process is slow, but it’s ever present.
Let’s walk through the day I just described.
You wake up and immediately slot into your morning routine focused on reading, meditation and exercise. (Idea: Becoming Doomsday + Routine)
Afterwards you sit down and plan your day, prioritising the actions that will have a measurable impact on you achieving your goals. (Idea: Becoming more strategic)
You walk into the day with a sense of purpose and meaning. Confident in your abilities and with a focused mind.
You end your day with a review. Realising that there were certain areas that needed to be improved. You acknowledge it and plan the steps needed to rectify it. (Idea: Evolution)
You go to bed satisfied with the day and already ready to attack the next day.
I dare you to try this and not emerge victorious.