Can you honestly say, when your head hits the pillow and you are ready to fall asleep - that you did EVERYTHING you possibly could that day?
Can you honestly say, that you've taken FULL advantage of the day?
If the answer is yes, well congratulations. Good job. You're on your way!
But if you have that squeaky voice in your head telling you...
"You could actually do more..."
Then your probably COULD do more.
My mentor used to say...
Success is the difference between what you COULD have done, and what you've actually done. The smaller that difference, the greater your success.
So what is your difference?
What is the difference between what you could POTENTIALLY do in a day, and what you actually do?
Are you squeezing full juice out of your lemon?
Brian Tracy, the world-renowned motivational speaker and probably the father of the modern self-development, used to give himself a challenge to finish all the things he had planned for the day...
By NOON that day.
And I've tried doing the same, and found that I was able to do MUCH more than what I originally thought I could do.
We are capable so much more than what we think.
When we think we've hit our limits, we've usually only scratched the surface.
I recently found this meme by David Goggings talking about what's called The 40% Principle.
The 40% Principle states that when your MIND is telling you that you're done and you can't go any further, you're actually only 40% done - and you have about 60% more in the "tank".
Life is like a brick wall
This is life.
My dad is a mason.
Not the kind who control the world, but the actual one, who builds buildings.
And when I was a kid, he would sometimes take me with him to various construction sites, where I'd just see these MASSIVE walls.
I would always be amazed by the size and might of these walls.
One day I asked my dad:
"Dad, how do you build a wall this big?"
He looked at me and said:
"One brick at a time son".
One brick at a time
The way you build a wall is not by throwing a bunch of bricks together and hope they fall together.
But the way you build a wall is you LAY 1 BRICK as perfectly as a brick can be laid, and soon you will have a wall.
Your days are like those BRICKS.
If you want to have a full week, a full month, a full year or a full life - you don't have to concern yourself with anything else but having a FULL DAY.
If you take the FULL advantage of a DAY...
Soon that day will turn into a week...
Which turns into a month...
Which turns into a YEAR...
Which then turns into your entire LIFE.
So take FULL advantage of your 1 DAY.
Do ALL you can in 1 day and the rest will fall in place.
Big goals require Big action
I used to be the guy who had BIG dreams... and BIG goals... and BIG everything...
But when the time came to take action...
I would generally lay in the couch and watch sitcoms.
My daily actions didn't support my BIG goals and dreams.
I simply wasn't doing enough.
Then one day I woke up...
I was broke...
My business was in pieces...
And I just ended a long term relationship because I just couldn't "get my stuff together"...
I was laying in bed, reminiscing on my life.
Thinking to myself:
"Where have I gone so wrong?"
I had all these goals for myself, and my life has gone into a completely different direction.
I felt a heavy burden on my chest of just REGRET.
And in that moment it hit me:
My life was a direct reflection of all the things I did - and did not do.
I was paying the price.
I remembered a quote that I will remember for the rest of my life:
Discipline weighs ounces. But regret weighs TONS.
In life, you will always pay some sort of a price.
The only difference is that discipline weighs OUNCES... but regret weighs TONS.
What price will you pay?
What is your 60% in a day?
How much MORE action could you take in any given day?
What ACTION would you need to take for you to feel satisfied with your day?
Commit to it, and then DO it.
Because I can promise you this:
There is no greater feeling in the world than falling asleep with a gentle smile on your face, exhausted, knowing that you've given your ALL that day.