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If there is one thing that I have learned over the years that has caused me to create success in any of my endeavors…academically…athletically…or in business, it’s figuring out a consistent routine day in and day out. This statement isn’t anything new. In fact there have been books upon books written on how to create routines to drive results. So why is it so hard for so many people? Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs gives us insight into this. It states how our primary needs are our physiological ones (food, water, shelter, etc…), followed by safety needs, the needs to belong and feel love, esteem needs, and self-actualization (achieving one’s full potential).
What does this have to do with developing a routine? Everything. You see it’s much easier for an individual to discipline themselves to do things when their most basic primary needs are in danger of being met (i.e. going to work or the rent doesn’t get paid), but as more and more of those first levels of needs are met a feeling of comfortability starts to set in. Decisions are no longer made based upon needs but instead they are made based upon feelings. “I don’t feel, like doing it” becomes a common phrase. Or justifiable excuses begin to develop to give the person “an out.” To achieve the level of self-actualization, in other words reaching our full potential, decisions need to be made based upon values instead of feelings. When decisions are made based upon values, routines and ultimately habits are established. We automatically begin to choose to do the things that drive the most results, and anything that drives results has a foundation in consistent, persistent activity. It’s the continual base hits that win the game, rarely is it the homeruns. “BUT I NEED BALANCE!” I hear people cry out. I agree, you need balance. When a routine is in place, we develop a rhythm…a natural ebb and flow to our day and ultimately our life. Where does balance come from? From developing that rhythm. From feeling as though you are on the path to achieving self-actualization. Full potential is all encompassing.
Make decisions based upon your values. Develop your routine. Cultivate your habits. And reach your full potential.
Brandon & Amanda