| David Gane

The Immediate Path to Success

I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want. I want.

- me, on a daily basis

future version of you

I read a post on Reddit Fitness by SuperManBK. He talks about his sixteen year progression from an average scrawny 12 year old into a lean and strong 28 year old. What caught my attention was what he says near the bottom:

Just because you don't have something now... doesn't mean you won't ever have it. The only thing separating you from abs is a couple hundred ab workouts and a deficit of a couple hundred thousand calories. The only thing separating you from being a doctor is 8-10 years of Med school. Save up 100 grand 10 times and you will be a millionaire.
Once you lay it out like this your vision becomes more clear. Anything is possible. This is the logic i came up with. I used to tell myself i don't have abs "yet". I don't have a driver license "yet". I don't have a girlfriend "yet". As long as i knew i would be there one day that's all that mattered. There's always a future version of yourself that is depending on your actions right now.*
*Emphasis mine

sweep the floor

In his book, Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday tells how his friend the philosopher and martial artist Danielle Bolelli uses the metaphor that training is like sweeping the floor:

Just because we've done it once, doesn't mean the floor is clean forever.

Success at anything doesn't come immediately and patience is required.

My path to getting the things I want in life is my daily to-do list:

  • exercise
  • read 30 minutes
  • walk the dog
  • floss
  • write
  • blog post
  • practice French
  • practice Greek

Each of these items are all set on repeat, day after day. Sometimes it's boring and the suckiest part is I have to do them every stinking day.

But most of them only take half an hour or an hour, and then I'm done and I'm one day closer to my goal.

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