Every January we think about the year ahead. We set goals and resolutions and dream about how we are going to be different in 365 days. It’s a beautiful idea. But it doesn’t really work. Because while there is no shortage of goals, dreams or plans, results are harder to find than a squeezable pack of Charmin in 2020.
A major part of the problem is that a year is just too long. It gives you too much time to slack off. Think about the hare from the law firm of Tortoise & Hare. That bunny had too, too, too much time on his hands. In a one-minute race, the rabbit would have dominated. It was the perception that he had plenty of time for a comeback that ruined him.
The best way to crush your goals like red pepper is to stop measuring your progress in years. Instead, focus on having great hours.
Start each day with your success list. Then block your activities on your calendar. Those time blocks are your building blocks for success. By stacking several great hours together daily, and doing that day after day, you will build great weeks, months, and years.
It all starts with the hour you are in right now. (Like Van Halen said.) Focus on making this hour great. Then, think about grading your hours every day. If you do what you intended to do with an hour, give it an excellent grade. If you didn’t do the work, workout, reading, rest, socializing, or play that you intended to do, that hour gets a poor grade.
The feedback is immediate. And motivating. Experiencing a bad hour will inspire you to respond with a much better next hour. Which means your comeback is always less than 60 minutes away. (Although L.L. Cool J won’t call it a comeback.)
There are 168 hours in every week. Which translates to a lot of opportunities for progress and happiness. Make them count. And you will turn your entire life into a success story.
Shorten your measurable units of success. The power in a great hour is instantly recognizable and controllable. An hour well spent provides a great return on your investment. Which has a compounding effect. Remember, great hours are the building blocks of a great life. And you will start to see the results in just 60 minutes.
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3 thoughts on “Why the greatest success stories are created by the hour.”
Great posting today, one step at a time as they say for those in some type of recovery phrase no matter what kind. Another great saying “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”. I too really think if you set goals hour by hour instead of longer we all will achieve more in a day. We can only control the present.
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For Teachers, a single lesson or a unit of study that works out is also a nice short-term measurement of success.
I’m working up sessions for a conference in March and the idea of a great hour of instruction, a demonstration that goes well, or a lab period where 20 students all accomplish something of impact on a vehicle, using professional equipment has to be a “driver” for an auto tech instructor!
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I love this Carl! Thanks for sharing.