The ugly truth about overnight success

I’ve been spending a lot of hours and energy on my own personal development, drilling down deep inside of me finding out where and what to do in life, you often hear people saying so and so has become an overnight success but little do they know the countless amount of hours spent reading and honing their skills and increasing there knowledge

Since the begging of 2021 I set myself a challenge to read 1 book per week which I’ve been managing to do quite comfortably, to be able to achieve one book per week takes some dedication and routine, I’ve set my morning routine to included 45-60 minutes of reading and as the saying goes, leaders are readers.

Sometimes it’s quite frustrating not seeing much progress towards the long term goal but the aim is to become 1% better per day, small incremental habits and changes that lead to bigger results.

It’s always good to journal/ document your journey because on the days your feel like your arent achieving or getting closer to your goals you can look back and see how far you have come

The ingredients for an overnight success

So if you haven’t got the gist of this blog just keep reading, because the term overnight success is virtually impossible and it takes a lot of hard work, persistence, a lot of setbacks and lots of things people don’t see.

1 – Homework

What do you do when you get home from work, do you spend time developing your mind and skills or do you become a couch potato until bedtime… don’t spend 8 hours a day working for a company and go home and not work on yourself, your not tired you’re uninspired

2 – Learn through trial and error

Learn what works and what doesn’t through trial and error, remembering to measure and track your results, without keeping track and having something to measure from it will be difficult to keep track.

3 – The mistakes

It goes without saying, mistakes aren’t bad like we are taught to believe in school, making mistakes is how we learn, it’s going to happen when you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone trying new things, learn from your mistake and move forward

4 – The breakdowns

You will have times when you feel like you are going backwards and not moving forward, this is why it’s so important to document and journal your journey, its times like these you can reflect and look back to see you have progressed your just having a bad week, we all have them, make sure you are getting plenty of rest, ideally aiming for 7-8 hours per night, it’s amazing what a good nights sleep can do.

5 – The relationships

Developing relationships for joint ventures and having accountability partners to keep you on track is a big must, set your goals for the week share them with your accountability partner and review them at the end of the week. I’ve found by having a small accountability group with around 4 people is a very good balance, and great motivation when you see one of the others putting the extra work in really makes you pull your finger out and get on with the tasks required

One key thing that needs to be done is to build good habits, create a morning routine and watch your life transform, my morning routine look like this.

1 -Wake up with enough time to complete a morning routine, I wake up at 4AM

2- Make the bed, its always nice to come home and get into a nice clean bed

3- Head downstairs to make coffee and get a glass of water, hydration is massively important in the morning as you’ve just spent the last 7-8 hours or so asleep you must rehydrate, the brain and heart are made up of around 73% of water so feed them with what they need.

4- Meditate for around 20 minutes, currently doing WHM (Wim Hof Method) breathing followed by 5 -10 minutes of meditation

5 – Cold shower then brush teeth with the non-dominant hand

6 – Breakfast

7 – Get ready for the day ahead with a success mindset. win the morning, win the day.

With all that said and done, once you have your daily habits and routines in place it’s all about persistence when it comes to persistence continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential, success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”.

Thanks for reading, don’t forget to share your morning routine and tag me in your post on Instagram… I’ll be checking in with you to see how you’re getting on, tag @craig.james.prickett

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