The past month or so I’ve become a lot more relaxed about money. That’s kinda strange, since I’m still eating through my savings, spending many times more than what I’m earning each week. But I’m pretty sure everything’s going to turn out okay for me as regards finances. I’m confident that, within the next couple of months, I’ll start earning more than enough to cover my expenses.
I’m confident because I believe success in pretty much any area is inevitable if you do just two things consistently:
- Work to improve your circumstances every single day
As an example, let’s take learning a new language, something I’m currently doing here in Spain. The process hasn’t exactly been easy for me, since the last time I did any kind of serious language study was eleven years ago while I was still in school, and I was certainly no genius with otros idiomas back then.
Putting in the work
Some days I feel like my Spanish is really coming along, and then other days I feel like a complete dumbass who doesn’t know his izquierda from his derecha. But on the whole, I know I’m moving steadily towards my goal of conversational fluency. I may not get there as quickly as I’d originally hoped, but I know success is inevitable as long as I keep doing those two things mentioned above.
I make sure to do at least some tiny bit of Spanish study or practice every day. Most days I actually do an hour or two, but more important are those days when I don’t feel like doing anything, yet still force myself to take at least one small step in the right direction. I might learn just one new word, or have one short conversation, or review one piece of grammar… it might be the tiniest improvement imaginable, but it counts as an improvement nonetheless, another day where I made my Spanish suck a little less.
As for experimentation…
Al Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. He had a mighty big brain, so I tend to agree. As such, I don’t believe consistent effort alone is enough to succeed in every endeavor. You often need to combine that with experimentation, otherwise you’re likely to end up spinning your wheels.
With Spanish, I’ve been experimenting with lots of different learning resources. I like to mix it up, try new things, see what helps me learn most effectively. I’m currently engaged in a pretty intense experiment, having chosen to communicate with Spanish people in nothing but Spanish for the month of July. That’s been going well so far (I think).
Let’s take flexibility as another example. Sadly, my body has never been very flexible. Touching my toes without bending my knees? I’ve never come close. Back in January I started doing yoga several times a week, but here I am six months later and I don’t seem to be any more flexible.
So, a few changes are in order. First, I’m going to experiment with something other than yoga to increase my flexibility, taking inspiration from Josh Lipovetsky’s morning routine. And second, I’m going to be more consistent with my practice, committing to doing it every single day. I figure I can’t help but improve if I stick to that. Success is inevitable. My toes won’t know what hit ’em 😉
Back to the business side of things…
I’ve been consistently putting in 60 hour workweeks since I arrived in Spain, and for the past month or so I’ve been experimenting like crazy. Affiliate marketing, niche sites, video tutorials, virtual assistants, freelancing, marketplaces, Adsense… I’ve been trying all these things.
I immerse myself in one specific project each week, working hard on it and then pushing it out the door whether it’s 100% finished or not. Ready, fire, aim. I can always go back to polish and optimize a project should it start showing potential.
With this approach, I figure financial success is inevitable for me. I’m pushing my edge, building new skills and learning valuable lessons every single day, steadily improving my earning potential. I know that as long as I keep working hard, trying new things and throwing enough projects against the wall, eventually I’ll find a few that stick.
Is success inevitable for you?
Are you working to improve your circumstances every single day? There are so many ways you can do that, so many steps you can take. Some days you’ll take twenty, and those days are great, but don’t count on them all the time. Just make sure you’re taking one small step in the right direction each and every day; anything beyond that is a bonus.
How about experimentation? Are you shaking things up regularly, trying something new, expanding your comfort zone? Allow yourself to take some risks. Throw a few crazy projects out there, see if any of them have legs. If not, no worries, just move on to something else. The more darts you let fly, the better chance you have of eventually hitting the bullseye.
Here’s what I’m thinking: The only way to never succeed is to give up or to get stuck running in circles. Avoid those pitfalls, and success is inevitable.