A success ritual can be an exercise routine, juicing vegetables daily, taking 20 minutes every morning to properly schedule and plan the day’s activities, spending every morning when you wake up journaling about the previous days wins in your Success Journal, Sunday dinners with your family, salespeople scheduling time every day to make sales calls, writing every day if you are a writer, taking regular days off to rest, making sure you get a certain amount of sleep every night, etc.
Highly successful people write their goals down and review them daily. They create success rituals for the routines and habits required to carry out the tasks and to do lists necessary to achieving their goals. As they consistently take action, they notice what is working and what is not working; and then adjust their approach as necessary to try something new or to modify something they are doing to get better results. When they try something new for the first time and it does not work, they keep changing their approach until eventually over time they figure out enough to solve their problem, perfect their business model, come up with their next million dollar idea, get into optimum shape, get the job they really wanted, find the right equity investors, etc.
When you start a new success ritual, if you can motivate yourself to do it for 30 days consistently, then you will be able to motivate yourself to do it for six months. If you can motivate yourself to do it consistently for six months, then you will do it for two years.
By creating daily routines that support the achievement of your most important goals, dreams, outcomes or areas of your life that you want to improve, you are breaking down your giant goals and tasks into small “bite-size” daily actions that make it easy to be successful. People who do not develop success routines tend to get overwhelmed when they think about the big picture and everything that is required or will be required in the future to accomplish their grandest goals and dreams. This usually causes them to feel like it is impossible to achieve their goals and dreams, and they therefore, give up. There is an old saying, “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time.”
By breaking down the repetitive tasks and mundane details into little daily action steps, the success seeker knows where they are going, but is able to focus on living in the moment and accomplishing the small daily tasks essential to long-term success and achievement. Over time these little “bite-size pieces” add up and make it possible for all large and long-term goals to be achieved.
What’s great about breaking your daily tasks down into small activities is, at the end of every day you go to sleep at night with a tremendous sense and feeling of accomplishment. By doing little things over and over every day that make it easy for you to feel successful, you will continue to do more and more of it over time. More success breeds more confidence. More confidence breeds more opportunity.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start… to be GREAT!”-Keith Cunningham