There are two distinct ways that people get results: grind-it-out mode and high-performance mode. In high-performance mode, we feel enthusiastic, work flows easily, and the results exceed our expectations.
Plans increase success. Is there something you've been meaning to do, but haven't yet done? I vow to do this. I swear I’ll do that. I’m going to do this. Vowing isn't the answer. Vivid, concrete plans are. Visualize, in a concrete way, how you're going to carry it out.
Sometimes when we learn something new, progress happens slowly and quietly in the background. Sometimes we hit learning plateaus. Back in college, I remember getting really frustrated with my learning progress. Sometimes my learning was fast and furious. I was on fire. Other times, it felt like learning was very painful and slow.
Here's a little recipe I use to make moments and months that matter for the year. The most important thing here really is your 3 stories for the year. The story part is the challenge and the change. The challenges and our changes are the stories of our lives.