Do something regularly for 21 Days before talking to anyone about it. I have this hypothesis, I believe that the brain cannot tell the difference between talking about and doing somethings. A few years ago I began to notice that if I started to talking about a book that I was currently reading. Slowly I would become less and less likely to complete it. It was almost like my brain got the same fix from talking about so it no longer felt like it needed the book to be read
A couple of my friends smoke and have expressed the want or need to quit cigarettes. My response has always been the same. How about you give yourself a 30 cigarette per day limit to start and subtract 1 from your limit each day until you get to 0? If executed you could potentially kick the habit in 30 days without having to make any sudden and drastic lifestyle change. They never take me up on it and I totally understand. We want to kick our problems ass, we don’t want to win by a field goal. But a win is a win.
By default most people try to solve a problem by adding something. As I’ve been re-examining many of my thoughts, beliefs and ideals I am beginning to view subtraction as the secret weapon. For me the ultimate goal is efficiency. I see no glory in doing something for an hour and getting the same result that I could have gained in 30 minutes. Addition is usually the easy choice. I feel comfortable saying that I am going to increase my revenues by spending more time each day engaging in sales and marketing. It’s not as cozy to say I am going to increase revenues by removing the 3 least profitable services I offer and focus exclusively on something.