DON'T BREAK THE CHAIN - A SIMPLE GOAL SETTING TACTIC FOR ATHLETES...AND COMEDIANS
What is it you would like to achieve? What are your dreams and aspirations? Where do you see yourself at this time next year? How about in 5 years? 10 years? The end result of some of these questions may seem scary to you, unreachable or even overwhelming however as the old saying goes, “you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.” Proceed with baby steps.
While it is smart to think about the end in mind when setting a goal (i.e losing 10 lbs), the more important step is to set and accomplish small daily tasks that work toward achieving that goal (i.e. going to the gym).
When Jerry Seinfeld was breaking into comedy, he didn't write his entire standup in one day. Instead, he credits the phrase “don't break the chain” to his success. For an entire calendar year, Seinfeld wrote a joke; every single day.Some days it only took him two minutes and others maybe a couple of hours, but the important thing is he never broke the chain.
By creating a joke each day, Seinfeld also created the mindset, “I am the kind of person who writes a joke every day.” This daily mentality contributed to his future success. What would your life look like if you were the type of person who simply did (insert a positive habit here) every day? What type of person could you develop into if you adhered to a simple daily non-negotiable task?
Best selling author James Clear has researched habits and found that improving just 1% each day has compound changes over time. At the end of one year, you will be 37% better at whatever it is you choose to do and at the end of year two, you will not be 74% better but rather 1400% improved. In four years…expect a 2,000,000% return on investment.
The best time to begin something was 10 years ago; the second best time is right now. It takes 66 days to create a habit but you can begin creating the life you want today; just make sure not to break the chain!