Why do people have trouble getting the results they want? What is the difference maker between people that get what they want and people that don't get what they want?
There's plenty of factors, but at the forefront is drifting. This is what happens. You have a definitive purpose which is why you do what you do. You have a set of goals. You have a set of times. You've got the whole structure in place. Then, boom, you hit a roadblock. Mike Tyson famously said, "Everyone has a plan till I punch them in the fucking face."
Then it’s abort mission. You’re trying and trying, and then you get whacked in the face out of nowhere with a roadblock. Roadblocks are inevitable. You must persevere, continue on, and shift your path or strategy if needed. Then you start drifting off the path.
Stay in the middle. It’s going to go up, and it’s going to go down. Up & down. How close can you stay to the middle? Meaning, can you stay on the path for extended periods of time?
Andrew Carnegie talks about the aimless person wandering around, not knowing where they’re going. Think about someone trying to lose weight or body fat. If they don’t have a clearly defined goal written down, it’s not going to work because there’s not a habitual process in place. You’ve instantly stacked the deck against yourself.
It’s why I preach what I preach. I’ve even seen it in my own life at times. This is why I’ve been able to go from shoot to shoot, show to show, and competition to competition with success. The process, habits, and defined goals have kept me on the path.
Is It Straight?
You're going from one spot to the next. Is it a straight line? No. Are there detours? Yes. The detours are what makes you learn the most. Then, when you get there, you're prepared. It's almost like you don't want to hit the body lottery. Everybody thinks that, but if your habits don't change, your mind doesn’t change, your education about diet doesn’t change, then you're not going to be able to maintain it. You're not going to know how you even got there.
Drifting and not having a purpose will not get you there. Sometimes driftwood finds a spot on the beach, but if it doesn't know how it got there, it's going to have a hard time staying there.
Understand that the process is the process. You must persevere. There will be detours, but you have to be willing to do what it takes. You have to know why you’re willing to do what it takes. If you operate this way, the world opens up in a new way. There’s no entitlement of time just because you’re working hard and have a process.
Think about how long it took you to understand this. Think about how long it took you to get to this point. You can't unravel it in two fucking weeks. It takes time. It takes time to create a healthy metabolic rate, build a business, or change your mentality. All of these things take time.
Understand the process and get intentional. When you feel yourself starting to drift, identify what you need to do in order to get back on the path. Developing this awareness will keep you dialed in for longer and longer periods of time, ultimately giving you better results than you could have hoped for.