In fact, when you're looking to elevate your game, mastering the basics of your particular craft is more than enough to separate yourself from the pack.
Striving to elevate your game doesn't need to be daunting or confusing. In fact, the pursuit of high performance should be fun and rewarding. As you go about your journey of self-improvement, master these five basic habits before getting caught up in the latest fad.
After all, you must crawl before you walk.
1. Relentlessly focus on the basics.
If you're thinking about the world of wellness, many will focus on a particular type of diet and minute factors such as meal times before even learning how to truly make good food decisions on a consistent basis.
In business, it's tempting to think of some elaborate funnel strategy before making a sale or without even testing to see if your product is something the market wants.
Before specialization techniques or visions of grandiose feats make an appearance and start to occupy real estate in your brain comes a relentless focus on the basics and fundamentals.
For example, if you're wanting to publish your first book, are you consistently writing each day and becoming better at your craft? Or are you spending more time researching and worrying about things outside your control such as agents finding you, marketing hacks, and other tactics?
Back before I published my first book and even to this day, I prioritize writing 1000 words a day and stick with that practice. It's the most basic of tasks and more importantly, it's one I can fully control since I can't control how well it's received, who buys it, nor when new book deals will arrive.
If you're wanting to get healthier, instead of immediately restricting yourself to a specific diet, a more effective habit would be to commit to a couple servings of vegetables with each meal.
2. Develop systems to make life easier.
High-performers understand the high premium cost associated with time. After all, it's a nonrenewable resource.
With that said, when you're looking to improve yourself, it starts with making life more efficient so you can become more effective.
Creating systems saves a lot of mental energy which in turn allows you to place that extra energy on tasks that are more difficult and provide a better ROI toward your projects and endeavors.
For instance, if you're a writer, you could develop a system of having the next days work laid out and ready to go the previous night which would ensure you get right to work upon waking.
3. Only use the essential tools.
Just as 95 percent of the machines at gyms aren't necessary, the same philosophy applies to your business and self-development efforts. Often times, these extra tools and options masquerading as enhancers are merely distracting and slowing down your progress to mastery because you let go of the essentials prematurely.
Once you decide on your tool and approach, cut the remaining options out.
4. Aim for incremental growth.
Whether it's in the boardroom or the gym, success is given birth through a series of marginal gains that morph into a monumental feat over the long term. Overnight achievers are nothing more than a feel-good story.
Nothing replaces the requirement of consistently showing up and doing the work. Aim for one percent growth each day because small wins lead to a quicker winning streak which builds momentum and confidence.
Writing at least 500 words a day leads to at least one book annually. Committing to two sales calls daily is higher yielding over the long term than sporadically making 15 sales calls when you feel like it.
5. Schedule time to recharge.
Whether it's hustling until the wee hours of the night or exercising obsessively each day, this approach will lead you to falling short on your goals.
Your body and mind can only handle so much before needing ample time to recharge and process the information and work from the day. Growth and progress happen when you push yourself but also allow yourself ample time to rest and recharge.