Don't be productive, be progressive.
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For a long time, I’ve mistaken productivity for progression.

There’s already school of thought around “Don’t be busy, be productive.” But I want to take it a step further. Don’t be productive, be progressive.

Here’s the difference:

Busy = doing things
Productive = doing focused things
Progressive = doing focused things that move your life forward in the direction you want to go

If only I’d discovered this third category sooner. I’ve been pulling my hair out over the last year wondering why even though I’m focused and getting things done, I don’t seem to be moving forward at the pace I’d like.

Sure, you were productive today. But did you make progress?

My day today:

Wake up
Gratitude journal
Eat breakfast
Brush my teeth
Meditate
Hang up a load of washing
Go for a run
Shower
Put on another load of washing
Edit video for Impossible Incubator
Eat lunch
Mindset journaling
Post on Instagram stories
Hang up another load of washing
Watch youtube
Cook picnic food
Go for dinner with friends on the beach
Write this blog post

Can you spot the only progressive thing I actually did?

At the end of my day, I have to be totally honest with myself and ask “If today were erased from existence, would it affect my future?”

I can’t kid myself that putting on 3 loads of washing and going for a run is truly progressing my life forward. My run today won’t affect my life in 1 years time. I could go running every day for the next year and still be in the exact same place in my life. The same with my meditation, or my gratitude journal. They are both good things to do. They are productive and important. But they aren’t progressing me towards my dreams.

The only progressive thing I actually did today was editing my video for my Impossible Incubator launch. It will affect my life in 1 years time, because if I don’t get this launch ready, I’ll have to push it back ANOTHER month, and that will delay my future youtube videos, and podcast, etc.

Seems kinda harsh. But I wish I’d known earlier, I could have saved myself a lot of wasted days.

Ask yourself, did I do something to progress my life forward in the direction of my dreams today?
If the answer isn’t a definite YES, then plan something progressive to do tomorrow, right now!

Showers aren't given: they're earned
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Today I woke up and immediately went for a 15 minute run. I’ve been doing this for 43 days now. I’ve only ‘missed’ 7 days. But they aren’t actually missed days, because my running is part of my new rule: I can only shower if I’ve earned it, by exercising enough to need to wash off sweat. Gross, but unbelievably effective.

Just like respect, showers aren’t given, they must be earned.

So on the 7 days I didn’t run, I also didn’t shower. And now I’m 43 days strong. It works because I love showering. Or, more specifically, I love being clean. (Or, even more accurately: I really don’t like smelling bad - who does?). Me, 43 days ago, would never believe it. I have NEVER in my life been so consistent with exercise. Ever.

The other day, I didn’t have time to go for a run, so I didn’t get to shower. And the next day I was so busy editing my latest video I didn’t get a chance in the morning - and all day I felt hot and icky and greasy (it’s summer in England!). By 6pm when I’d finished editing, I was exhausted and certainly didn’t feel like exercising. But the pain of being sticky and icky outweighed the pain of going for a run. And so I went for a run, and earned my shower. It felt so. good. to be clean.

This rule works like magic to form a habit. I can’t believe I never knew about it until now. I’m even considering creating another habit using this rule " ____ aren’t given they’re earned” E.g. “Social media isn’t given, it’s earned”.

P.S. I didn’t invent this rule. I have no idea where I originally heard about it, so if you know the person, please share so I can thank them with a jumbo bouquet of shower gel!

MY IMPOSSIBLE GOALS
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It always seems impossible, until it’s DONE. - Unknown.

Today I want to share my IMPOSSIBLE goals with you. I spend a lot of time talking about impossible goals, but I realised I’ve never actually shared exactly what my impossible goals are. Here goes!

My definition of an impossible goal: a desire that you have deemed unfeasible for yourself or for the world.
Impossible goals don’t have to be things that haven’t been done yet. They are goals that seem like they are a world away for you. The reason these are impossible goals and not regular goals is because they make up part of a bigger vision for your life. A regular goal doesn’t inspire you, scare you and light you up the way an impossible goal does. Impossible goals are electrifying.

My goals may seem small to you. You may have already achieved some of my impossible goals. Or maybe, my goals seem big to you. You might think I can’t achieve them. The beauty of impossible goals is that they are goals you want to prove possible to YOURSELF.

These are also not bucket list goals, and they are not the only goals I will ever have. These are the current goals that I am committed to making possible for myself in the short-mid term future, even though they seem impossible right now. And once I’ve made these possible, I have no doubt I’ll be adding more impossible goals to go to the next level.

CURRENT IMPOSSIBLE GOALS:

  1. Be able to DO 100 PUSH UPS

  2. ReACH 100K SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE

  3. START A VIDEO INTERVIEW SERIES

  4. DO A WINDMILL IN BREAKDANCING: (SEE WHAT THAT IS HERE)

  5. BUILD A MILLION DOLLAR BUSINESS

  6. DO A TED TALK

  7. RUN A TROPICAL RETREAT

  8. MEDITATE DAILY FOR A YEAR

COMPLETED IMPOSSIBLE GOALS:

  1. Become my own boss (25/04/2018)

  2. Move to a new country (05/10/2018)

  3. Climb kilimanjaro (07/2011)

  4. Travel Europe full time for 6 months (05/10/2018)

  5. Visit Bora Bora (18/04/2017)

I look forward to keeping you updated on my progress!

What are your Impossible Goals? Share them with me in the comments!