First of all, if you did not read my last post “#2½ : Fear and Anxiety – An Intro” yet, close this window and go read it. This will not help you if you don’t have a clear understanding of what we are tackling here using this technique.
By the way, quick note, this is not a guide to success. This is an attempt to describe how I figured out what works for me and how you can do so for yourself. This is a ‘how to’ to create YOUR own ecosystem of progress that balances itself and keeps you moving forward towards your goals and your best self. This blog’s content is for my friends, family and anyone who feels stuck in some area of their life and wants to get past it. I believe in every single idea put in it and I literally tested it.
How does it work? As stated, previously the equation is Awareness + Action. By action I am relating mainly to what I call EXECUTION from this very awareness. And this is what it is all about, execution. Understanding what is going on around is never enough, doing something about it is what makes all the difference. A lot of people are already aware of most of the things I write in this blog, but most things will be forgotten tomorrow only to be remembered randomly in a distant future and never taken action upon. The difference between successful people and the others is not about awareness, it is highly in the execution from it. Knowing and doing are two extremes and success happens when you act fast and smart, seizing every opportunity you have. The Ecosystem Tweaking technique aims heavily at keeping you alert at all times through small daily tasks, thus perfecting the translation of the awareness into execution whenever the situation requires you to execute.
Also, MAJOR KEY, you need to have a certain self-respect for yourself, your time is precious. While you are reading this post, make it a MUST to understand the content written in it and apply/test it or close it right now and walk away. You are wasting your time if you don’t get the message. A waste of time is basically a lack of respect for your life energy and yourself. That said, let’s dive into it.
“I’m free to be the greatest, I’m alive.” – Sia
“You are going to die.” – Gary Vaynerchuck
Full execution mode
Step 1: Write down your goals.
“If I had no limitations, what goals would I set for myself?” (Goal setting mindset: 1:01-3:16)
This video talks about this topic very thoughtfully to the topic. It says that you need to first write your goals on paper to shift it from the world of fantasy to the world of matter. Now it is real. This your leverage proving you made a decision. However, you need to put in time and thoughts writing down those goals. They need to be clear, specific, detailed and measurable. “You must write down your goals as if you were placing an order for your goals to be manufactured at a factory at a great distance.” This is a powerful metaphor. For the ‘factory’ which is far away to produce your perfect goal, you need to be crystal clear on what should be produced but also HOW it should be produced. So ultimately, you are not only writing down your goals but also the pathway that leads to it. And when all your goals are perfectly written down, this is where the magic can finally happen.
What my current room looks like. The circled parts compile my goals + mindset changing quotes.
(Side note: Goals like “I want to be successful” or “I want to be rich” don’t cut it, real goals look like “I want to be able to run for 5 km in a month time on treadmill” or “I want to make $100,000 a month in 2 years”)
Step 2: Execute every day by tweaking your ecosystem.
Full execution mode is the name of the game. What I have been doing every day since the past 2 months is basically tricking my brain into constant productivity. One step at a time. Small incremental daily investments = HIGH ROI (return on investment) in the long run because they stack up on each other. Some of my daily routines are as follows:
- Writing down EVERY single thought that comes to my mind (on paper or on my Notes app on my phone – no excuses), now it is in the material world, it is harder to forget. By writing it down, you are building your very own foundation. Each note is a block stacking up on the previous one. The next step is the usage of this foundation to optimize my execution. This is done through the following actions:
(Everything below this point is designed to provoke more thoughts and create more ways for you to jot down points, see the pattern and become more efficient.)
“Even a small lighter can burn a bridge.” – Kendrick Lamar
- Contribute (from a giving energy) – it is as simple as offering a quick smile to a stranger, help friends, write my blog, a.k.a brightening people’s day. Try it.
- Gym – It’s not even for the body anymore, I mostly use it as meditation as my mind is clear in the gym. Apply this to anything and you will enjoy every part of it.
- Reading – biographies, self-development/business books.
- Associate with people who push you – in 5 years, you will be the average of the 5 persons you interact with the most. Choose them carefully.
- Experiment once a day.
- Take a risk a day.
- Fail, Fail a lot. – And don’t feel anxious about it. Don’t forget: Anxiety is an illusion 😉
- BONUS: CHANGE YOUR VOCABULARY – words that you repeat to yourself are more powerful than you can imagine. Use this
From the book “Feel the fear and do it anyways” – Susan Jeffers
What you will realize putting those techniques in practice in your own personalized way is that they shut off your thinking/logical mind. You are fully present to the moment not thinking about the past or the future but you feel at ease and light while & after doing it. The KEY here is you need to do those tasks and put in 100% effort in them, IT WON’T WORK IF YOU DON’T.
“The world is not a crazy enough place to reward a bunch of undeserving people. To get what you want you need to deserve what you want.” – Charlie Munger
Pitfalls along the way to keep in mind:
We have already discussed everything you need to know about what you need to do to take the leap towards your best self up there. This section is about the things that will try to drift you away from this journey. The road to success is a narrow one and external stimulus can easily throw you off it. Here are some of them and how I find best to tackle them.
- I feel anxious (e.g talk to a stranger)
- Use the 5 sec rule (By Mel Robbins) – Identify something you are anxious of doing -> count to 5 and take the plunge before those 5 seconds are over. If you don’t you will never do it (True Story).
- Disassociate with the mind – your conditioned brain is triggering the survival instinct, disassociate with it. This part isn’t your true self. It’s the part that is holding you back.
- “I don’t have time” – FUCK THAT – You have 24 hours a day – 16 hours counting sleep in – You can always make time for the things you want to do. STOP LETTING YOUR MIND BULLSHIT YOURSELF.
- Fantasy/ Dreamy mode (happens a lot when you are alone); Feeling productive thinking about the future but not doing stuff to achieve the goal. -> Snap out of it, literally throw the phone away and go out take a breath of fresh air, recenter yourself to the present moment that you have control on.
- DO NOT complain, compare or judge. – All those are just reinforcing your reaction mode to your environment and keeping you at bay in your thoughts when you need to take more action.
- You are going to get tired -> learn to rest, not to quit.
“Stand on tip-toe while others are just standing and don’t let them notice.” – Bill Gates
I haven’t used the word ecosystem a lot in this post but you get the point. All those tweaks/tasks stack up to ultimately create an environment of constant productivity. You can always create something from nothing nowadays. Example: Standing at the bus stop? There’s a person next to you? SAY HI. No excuses. Most people look for new stimulus in their lives every day and you can brighten their day just by saying hi. The moment you said hi, you already won. You pushed through the anxiety, you proved yourself you can do it, you got them out of their lame routine, everything from here on is a bonus.
REMEMBER: Proof not promises.
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“People focus too much on defense instead of offense. That’s why I am winning.” = Gary Vaynerchuck