Those who make no mistakes have policies which naturally lead to victory. — The Art of War, 4
So you’ve made your resolutions for the new year, and hopefully at least one or two of them are achievement-based goals. As I pointed out in my last entry, achievement-based goals are the ones that give you the qualities money can’t buy: discipline, resourcefulness, commitment, and skill.
So how can we make sure that we successfully achieve what we have set out to do?
The answer lies in momentum.
Momentum is nothing more or less than the deliberate organization of your goals in a way that makes success inevitable.
Momentum is about creating a process and routine that will take you to your goal in the easiest possible manner. Then, once you have crafted your process, all you have to do is commit to it.
The process will then do all the heavy lifting for you.
Creating a Process that Works
When I was in the military, the army had a very simple way to increase the number of pull-ups new recruits could do:
- Drop by the conveniently located pull-up bar before lunch and before dinner.
- Pull till you can’t pull any more.
This process exemplifies the four most important principles behind any successful process: simplicity, convenience, frequency, and humility.