Thomas Edison, the great American inventor of the incandescent light bulb, was noted as saying that he didn’t fail but found 10,000 ways that didn’t work! Oh, that we would look at our setback as just feedback.
He also noted “genius is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration”. https://www.fi.edu/history-resources/edisons-lightbulb
So, what made the difference for Edison between success and failure, his brilliance or his habits? His genius or his daily disciplines?
I’m not here to debate his ethics or dealings with competitors, such as Tesla (who some consider a greater inventor than Edison), but his astounding routine.
The Wizard of Menlo Park was 52 years old when he was interviewed and stated that he worked 14-15 hours a day at that time! But wait, he believed he didn’t work as hard then because for YEARS HE WORKED 20 HOURS A DAY!
Read this amazing report about his uber habits (with laser focus, I may add!) at https://tinyurl.com/y3u36qen
A recent Audible book that I have been listening to and recommend to everyone is Atomic Habits, by author James Clear. He indicates that your daily habits and systems can create enormous impact in your life, whether good or bad. As someone once noted, you are making your habits and your habits are making you!
Clear powerfully states, “You don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems”. https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits
Wow! Take a moment and digest that…
What daily system do you have? Is it propelling you towards success, or a random meandering around with inconsistent minutia? In other words, focusing on the non-essential and trivial in life.
Here are 3 steps to momentum changers to your systems:
1. Write down at least 10 things you do first thing every morning;
2. Write out which ones create positive, negative, or neutral effects on your life and move you towards your goals;
3. Replace at least 2-3 trivial practices with essential habits.
*Example 1: If you grind and make your coffee, consider getting a coffee pot with a timer to have it ready for you. Prepare it the night before, and voila, you have extra time to start a new habit in your system. Now, you can learn a new language, develop your personal strengths, listen to an audio book, or keep a morning reflection journal.
*Example 2: You may waste 30 minutes getting your clothes ready. Now, do this during the week the night before and you have that time each morning to allot to primary goals. Read. Write. Exercise. Fill in the blank_________________.
How will you change your system (routine) to create laser-focused habits that will transform you life with repetition?
Prescribing Success for YOU,
Dr. John C. Buckley, Ph.D.
The Strengths Academy (www.thestrengthsacademy.com)
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