The only way to make real progress on your goals is to take action Every Single Day. Not almost every day but Every Single Day. So how do you keep motivated?
Here are the two things I do that makes sure I work on my goals every day:
- I know my Why – the reason I’m taking action.
- I follow the Seinfeld Method of Productivity.
Jerry Seinfeld (creator/star of the TV show Seinfeld) believed that the only way he could become a better comedian was to create better jokes. And the only way to create better jokes was to – wait for it – write every day.
His technique to make himself write every day was simple. He got himself a big wall calendar and a red marker. Every day that he practiced writing jokes, he put a big red X on the calendar. I’ll let Jerry say the rest:
After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.
Don’t break the chain. That’s it. It’s so simple and it friggin’ WORKS. I used this method for pushups and the longest streak I had was 70 days. But it killed me that I had a skipped a day right before the streak started – and there was a chain of 30 more days! My chain could have been 101 days long, and it was only because one day I refused to spend a few minutes on something.
Don’t break the chain works. It’s great to see progress and to note the progress daily – and your motivation will grow every day.