Sep 11, 2008
The Second Law Of Action: Everyday Accountability Gives You Ten Times The Results
Welcome back to the Secret-bustin’ series that treats the Law of Attraction like one big ol’ magic genie pinata. Catch up on all the posts here.
The age-old First Law of Action (coined just a few weeks ago) states that A refined outcome is easier to achieve. Simple enough to agree with – you get specific on what you want (and what you don’t want), and the path you need to take to get there becomes clearer. Nice and simple. You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to figure that one out.
Now, let’s take a look at the Second Law of Action, handed down through the centuries penned as I sipped my evening rum & Coke: Everyday Accountability Gives You Ten Times The Results. Again, not rocket science … but seldom put into practice.
When You Decide To Act Everyday, Everything Changes
The reason why we don’t get what we want has less to do with how talented we are and a whole lot more to do with how consistent we are with action. Whether you’re building a blog, developing a new habit, or punching your way out of a living grave (thanks, Sonia), taking focused, non-stop action on a daily basis speeds up your results tenfold.
The reasons for this are many:
- When you hold yourself to taking action on something everyday, your whole psychology undergoes a shift. You’re essentially telling yourself “I’m serious about this,” and you devote more of your focus to making yourself work.
- When you decide to take daily action on a project, you pretty much have to sit down and make a plan of what to do next, and next, and next, and next … and instead of taking random action, you tend to make more of a strategic plan. No futzing around anymore.
- When you tackle the same goal day after day, you start to become more sensitive to understanding the results you’re getting. You get better at discerning what type of actions have a bigger payoff than others, and when your current strategy isn’t working.
- When you make taking action a daily habit, you quickly develop a sense of dissatisfaction for taking any action that doesn’t give you really good results. You stop fooling around and start getting serious.
- When you take action more frequently, you refine your strategy faster. As you get into the thick of a project, you start seeing ways that you could reach your goals more effectively because you’re immersed in it and you’re seeing results you can measure.
For all these reasons – and many more, which I’m sure you’ll talk about in the comments – holding yourself accountable to take action everyday on a goal moves you from a leisurely stroll to a marathoner’s pace (and sometimes to a hard sprint). In fact, it’s clinically proven* that getting serious helps you make progress ten times faster.
(* According to a study where imaginary researchers come up with nice round numbers to support my points).
How To Tap Into The Power Of Everyday Accountability
If there’s something you say you’re serious about that you just aren’t making progress on, it’s time to make the shift to everyday accountability. The process is simple:
- Refine your goal into a measurable outcome, such as “10% increase in traffic,” “100 new subscribers,” or “15 hours of studying copywriting per month.”
- Schedule time in every day to take action, because if you don’t schedule it, you won’t do it. If you’ve got a daily schedule that varies, just schedule 1 or 2 days ahead at all times and you’ll be fine.
- Every day, ask yourself the Big Question, “What did I do to make progress on this goal?” This accountability question alone will speed up the process more than anything else, because it forces you to evaluate how much progress you’re making. You can’t be complacent when facing this question.
Don’t Let Time Pass Without Taking Action
New Year’s Resolutions fail because you check in on them once a year. Most “30 day goals” fail because people don’t check in on them until a few weeks have passed. If you check in on yourself daily, and you get honest with your answer to the Big Question, you’ll be amazed at just how quickly you make things happen.
Everyday accountability –> Everyday Progress –> WIN.
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