Thou Shalt Not Steal

Stop STEALING From Yourself, And Go Get Your Goals!

I get up every day at 4:30 am to get started on the right track. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “whatever Jeff, that’s crazy”, but hear me out. Every minute that I have is precious. You see, I have some big goals for my life and to achieve these goals I have a lot of work to do on my marriage, with my kids, at work, as an entrepreneur, and as an athlete. Every day is an opportunity to get closer to these big goals and so every minute I have available I want to use to make deliberate forward progress.

Getting up at 4:30 am, getting up early, is what successful people do. They get going early, on their own terms, and work in their way. Look at the top designers in the world… Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein. Look at the next level authors… J. K. Rowling, James Patterson. Look at the CEO’s that everyone knows… Bill Gates, Steve Jobs. Even the top chefs… Gordon Ramsay, Rachael Ray. All these people made it from where they were in life to a place we envy and they started each day early in the morning and to take advantage of every moment.

So, I’m learning from the greats and I’m applying it to my life because I want to be at the next level. I’m getting up in the morning and I’m putting in 100% at Expedia. I’m putting in 100% in my marriage. I’m putting in 100% with my kids. I’m putting 100% in to every single day.

Running my life at 100% is an amazing thing. You get a lot more done. You stop watching so much TV and playing so many video games on your phone. Your relationships with others get better and deeper. The progress you make towards your goals is so much better due to the consistency. For all the good; there is a drawback.

Inconsistency is the killer of progress.

If on a specific day I go extra hard on my run or workout it takes several days or a week to get over it. If I go all in at work for a couple days I have to pull way back in other places. If I take some sleep away, just one day, I am behind for a week. When I’m going 100% and I overdo it in one area I’m STEALING from myself.

Consistency is most impressive benefit of living at 100% and it is also the most impressive vulnerability.

Take a look at where your life is headed and take a minute to look at your day. Are you going at 100%? Are you running your day on your terms? Are you doing what the greats are doing? If not, get started. And, once you are going, be consistent every single day.



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