While I was preparing for one of my last Financial Freedom events ever, I was thinking about the habits of the most financially successful people. Suddenly, it smacked me across the face. The single most important piece of advice I could ever give you, and I’ve never clearly articulated it. This one thing has the ability to impact your life very quickly if you implement it. Today I am going to discuss the “automatic life”.
Things that are automatic are self-acting, and don’t require conscious thought. Isn’t that an amazing concept? I don’t have high follow-through so I KNOW that if I’m required to do something 100-200 times, I probably won’t be successful. I’ll forget, get distracted, or quit halfway through. That’s why I have chosen to make many elements of my life “automatic”.
If you take a look at our Impact Diagram, you’ll see some different areas—money, fitness, relationships, faith—that you can put through the process of automatization.
Let’s use fitness as an example.
One of the main elements of automatization is the calendar. So, are your workouts on your calendar?
Here’s how it works… In January, we all go to the gym. Woohoo, we are making big changes in our lives! But by March, the gym is dead. Everyone has good intentions, but their resolve has faded. They’ve neglected a KEY PIECE to the puzzle that allows you to change your life in a significant way. They didn’t put it on their calendar. They didn’t schedule it.
The other piece that they’ve neglected is ACCOUNTABILITY. I know it probably seems like I’m pounding you over the head with this, but accountability is essential for success. So, if you wanted to automate fitness, you would have time on your calendar where someone is waiting for you at the gym and you have to be there. You’ve paid them to wait there at 7 a.m…. I bet you’ll be there!
Next example… Your marriage.
Usually when someone’s spouse says I want a divorce, it is because of a pattern of behavior that’s taken place over a period of time. They probably didn’t just wake up one day and decide they wanted a divorce! So, take a step back. When you’re a newlywed, everything is fairly easy. But after a period of time, you quit practicing those newlywed behaviors. For most couples, there is an inexplicable reduction of sex, romance, thoughtful surprises, dates– you name it. A lot of married couples gain weight. There are certain SIDE EFFECTS to becoming comfortable in your marriage.
So, let’s automate your marriage! I know it sounds crazy, but it is incredibly effective. Put a date night on your calendar for once every other week or once a month, and then stick to it! If it is on your calendar, and you are being held accountable, you WILL END UP DOING IT! I promise you that your marriage will be much stronger if you make this a habit.
When you notice deficiencies in different areas of your life, think about how to make them “automatic”. You will be so much more successful and LESS stressed if you take some of your human error OUT of the picture… Don’t give yourself the chance to mess it up!
If you think of a good example of how to make an area automatic, feel free to share it in the comments below. Or, if you’d like to discuss how we can help give you the accountability you need, call 866-917-2808 and ask about our Platinum and 5X Coaching Programs!
Until next time,