Choices & Habits, Hell Yes or No
Mulling over this Tweet from James Clear today:
The 2 keys to Elite Results
1) Make great choices
2) Build great habits
Your choices – what you work on, who you work with – create leverage. A good initial choice can deliver 100x payoff.
Your habits unleash leverage. Without great habits, great choices are just potential energy.
It’s hard to argue with this. The challenge is in figuring out the great choices in life versus the good or good enough choices. Which brings me to the Hell Yes or No rule from Derek Sivers. Yesterday I spoke with a company that’s been trying to recruit me. I’m not particularly interested in leaving the company I’m at because I feel like I’ve developed some decent momentum. But a guy I greatly respected worked at this other company and he’s influenced me enough to consider the position instead of saying no right off the bat like I’ve done with other inquiries. But then I thought of Siver’s Hell Yes or No, and realized that this wasn’t a Hell Yes, so it was indeed a No. It may or may not prove to be a great choice over time, but it was a useful tool for getting me there. Ultimately I think it will prove itself accurate the majority of the time.
I had a business lunch today and the gentlemen I was meeting with mentioned he’d lost 30 pounds by eating right and getting up early to work out. We both discussed the art of getting up early, and agreed that it begins with going to bed early. You want 7-8 hours of sleep? Go to bed earlier. You want to lose 30 pounds? Work out consistently when you wake up early. Without great habits, great choices are just potential energy…
Another quote that seems to be circulating today:
“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.” – Steve Jobs
Today I was going to write about a dozen things, and none of them made it past the first sentence. There are days when the writing doesn’t come as easy to me. But screw it, I’m still working to write every day and cast another vote for what that identity. One day its about habits, the next history, the next turkeys. I write about what inspires me that day. Sometimes it comes from observation, sometimes from reading, sometimes from reflection. Always an eclectic mix of whatever comes to mind. Not exactly how you build 1000 true fans, but then again I’ve never been one to follow all of the rules.