“Do not break the chain” – Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld is one of the best comedians of all time (in my humble opinion) for a reason. He is well known for not only being a great comedian but he is also a huge advocate of transcendental meditation (will be a future post on this) and the power of consistency. Mr. Seinfeld was once asked what was his secret to his phenomenal comedic routines. He answered that he forces himself to work on his material every day. This does not means he spends hours slaving away on his material every day. But he spends at least five to ten minutes every day to work on his biggest priority in his life (his comedic routine). Why does Jerry do this? What does he know that you do not?
He understands the power of consistency and momentum. Every day you want to do at least one thing that will bring you closer to your dream and allow you to improve even just a little bit. Even if it only results in a 0.5% improvement. If you made a 0.5% improvement every day, it would only take 200 days to make a 100% improvement. How can you apply this principle to your life?
Let me first give you an example from my life to help illustrate the power of this concept. Recently, Sam and I have started this blog. Initially we were getting quite substantial readership but then it quickly petered out. I realized that I was not inputting the necessary time on a daily basis to create a successful blog that could help reach out and help support millions of people in becoming the best version of themselves. For just over a week now I have been posting at least one article per week, and I have again noticed a great spike in readership (thanks you! 🙂 ) and have been receiving very positive feedback from friends. However, today is a jam packed day for me, as I am attending med school lectures on rheumatology all morning, have research meetings throughout the afternoon, and then I am teaching Physics II for my Kaplan MCAT class. When I woke up this morning I was already beginning to make all sorts of excuses why I could miss today and just post a great article tomorrow. But then Jerry Seinfeld’s words rang through my head and I knew instantly that I had to put up a post today about his wisdom.
So enough about me. How can you apply this to your life? Choose the one thing that is most important in you life. It could be becoming the best athletes you can be, becoming a better parent or trying to build your business. It does NOT matter what is the biggest priority in your life. What does is that every day you do something to bring yourself closer to your goals and improve, even just a little bit. The reason is because you begin to build momentum, which will allow you to accomplish your dreams much faster than you would have otherwise.
So this seems like a simple concept and easy to implement. However, be wary after your initial enthusiasm wears off as your mind is very good at rationalizing about not following through and not remaining consistent, just like I almost did this morning. The reason is because we all overestimate how much you can do in a year but underestimate how much you can accomplish in five years. Although this tip will help you accomplish much more than you could ever imagine but it is not a panacea. You are still going to deal with your fair share of failure and adversity. However, it will enable you to accomplish much more than you could have imagined over the long term.
I hope this article helped shift your paradigm about the most efficient method to chase your dreams. If you have any questions please make a comment below, and if there is any specific topic you would like me to discuss let me know.Lastly, always feel free to reach out to me on facebook or linkedIn (Pavan Mehat) or shoot me an email at email@example.com.