“The person you will be in 5 years is based on the books you read and the people you surround yourself with today” ~Unknown
Recently, I started planning my 20-year high school class reunion.
As I was looking over the class list and Facebook stalking some old classmates; I started wondering what happened to the last 20 years?
Then I felt obligated to play Kenny Chesney’s song “Don’t Blink.”
Once I finished reminiscing about the past, I asked myself, “Am I where I thought I would be by now?”
Honestly, the answer is no.
I don’t say that because I am disappointed with my life, I say that because I had no idea wanted to be back then. Sure, I made some random declaration of a prominent career, but I didn’t know where life would take me.
I do know my 18-year-old self wouldn’t have expected to be a dental sales rep, running a blog, selling stuff online through Amazon, or having four children with a smoking hot wife.
I’m not sure at 18 you have enough life experiences to know where you want to be in 20 years. However, after trying multiple things I have a clearer picture of where I want to be ten years from now and 20 years from now.
More importantly, I better understand how to determine your success over the next 10 years.
Your Success Over the Next 1o Years is Dependent on Consistent Action
In Tony Robbins’ Book Awaken the Giant he writes, “It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”
Whether you want to be in better shape, improve relationships, or start a new career; you must take consistent action every day. These consistent actions will help determine your success over the next 10 years.
- If you want to write a book, then start writing 300 words a day with no excuses.
- If you want to get in better shape (vague goal), start running/walking every single day.
- If you want to have a better relationship with your children or wife, turn off your phone and talk to them every day.
These actions don’t have to take a lot of time. They just need to be consistent.
Small consistent action over time will trump massive action that fizzles out.
Think about this:
Let’s assume you want to lose weight. Instead of going on a restrictive diet you replace your one can of soda a day with water.
This habit may not seem to be much change, but this one consistent action will help you lose 10 pounds over the next year.
One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. That one can of soda you are drinking equates to over 50,000 calories per year or 14 lbs.
When you make this one small consistent change (stop drinking soda), then you make huge gains in your life.
Consider what Darren Hardy wrote in his book The Compound Effect, “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
Not only does this principle apply to losing weight, but it also applies to every area of our lives.
Here are four more examples of how consistent action over time, produces massive results.
Let’s assume you want to read more to improve your life, career, and relationships. Instead of reading one book over a weekend and burning yourself out, you make it a habit of reading 20 pages a day.
That’s it…20 pages a day.
Over the course of a year, that means you would read 7,300 pages. If the average book is 250 pages, you will read almost 30 books.
How much would your life change if you read 30 books?
Sales is a great example of how consistent action can multiply your success.
All you need to do is understand your sales funnel and numbers.
Let’s assume you know if you make ten calls, you’ll get three appointments, and it will result in one sale. That one sale will generate $250.
Currently, you are making $5,000 a month, but want to earn more. You decide to make an extra 30 calls a week.
By making these extra calls, you will earn an additional $6,000 a month. You generated all this money by making an additional six calls a day!
Suppose you want to expand your circle of friends. You decide to take one millionaire or highly successful person out to lunch twice a month. Maybe they are a business owner or CEO.
At the end of a year, you would have taken 24 people out to lunch. Imagine what you would learn during those 24 meals. That is over 24 hours of learning potential and 24 new contacts.
If you don’t know where to start; ask friends who are some people you should talk to, connect with people on LinkedIn, or check out the Chamber of Commerce.
Your mind would be blown and your life changed forever!
Learning a New Language
Many people want to learn a new language, but the thought of learning thousands of words makes it a difficult task.
To properly learn a new language, take 10 minutes a day to learn and practice. After six months, you will have spent 1800 minutes or thirty hours learning a new language.
By the end of six months, you will be well on your way to speaking that language.