“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness”. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins
I’ve recently been posting on Instagram way more than I used to. If we’re connected, you may have noticed all of the +1 posts and wondered what’s going on.
I’m committed to getting just a little bit better each day.
For 1,000 days in a row, one of my favorite teachers, Brian Johnson, is releasing a super short video and worksheet. Small gains, made consistently over time, add up to big results. +1 +1 +1. Bit by bit by bit, moment to moment to moment.
He’s calling it the 1,000-Day Epic Optimizing Challenge. As Brian says, “Imagine aggregating and compounding those tiny incremental Optimizations over that extended period of time. You know what we’d get? Magic.”
I’ve accepted the challenge, which officially goes until January 1st, 2020, what will be my #12,230th day alive.
I can’t wait to see what happens between now and then.
Each day, I’m going to take notes on what Brian shares, add my own insights, and complete the suggested exercise.
I’ll take a picture of my journal and share it on #instagram as a way to:
- Stay accountable.
- Be open, about both what I’m celebrating and what I’m struggling with.
I’ll be using the hashtag #optimizeplusone, and will include links to relevant articles or resources if it’s appropriate. I’m sure some of the ideas will also be making their way into various blog posts.
Since I’m also committed to disciplined recovery periods, on days when I’m taking a digital vacation, or trips where I’m intentionally disconnecting, I’m not going to be posting. I’ll catch up and aggregate afterward.
I promise to try and write more clearly. And draw more pictures. :)
If the challenge continues like it started, it’s going to be transformational.
The first few days already explored:
- Each moment we have a choice to step forward into growth or back into safety. Choose growth. “What one can be, one must be.” – Abraham Maslow.
- We all have what the ancient Greeks referred to as Daimon, that voice inside that’s watching us and measuring our actions against our highest selves. Heart. Intuition. Conscience. Whatever you call it, the key to living a flourishing life is living in alignment with it.
- How can we keep our daimon happy? By living with areté. Expressing the highest version of ourselves and our values moment to moment to moment. Happy Daimon = eudaimon = “good soul.” Who doesn’t want that, and want to be that?
- Everything we desire is on the other side of our comfort zone. Rather than running away from fear, we need to learn to say, or shout, “BRING IT ON!”
- WOOP! Wish. Outcome. Obstacle. Plan. The scientifically proven method to making your dreams come true. (And handling the day to day challenges of life)
Let’s have some fun!