1. Eliminate Your Distractions
“I don’t have enough time.”
This is a very common and inaccurate statement.
We all have plenty of time.
It’s just a matter of how we spend it.
The Stoic philosopher Seneca put it this way:
We are not given a short life, but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it. Life is long if you know how to use it.
If you want to make the most out of life, you have to eliminate distractions ruthlessly.
So, get really good at saying no.
Clarify your most important objectives and ignore everything else.
Do less, and do it better.
If you do, you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.
2. Love Your Work
You shouldn’t expect your work to make you rich, powerful, or famous.
These things are ultimately outside your control and pointless to worry about.
So, let go of your need for external validation and focus entirely on the work itself.
Show up consistently, hone your craft, and enjoy the process.
And if only a few people appreciate your work, so be it.
Because if you can let the work itself be your reward, and any applause from others be a bonus, you’ll become unstoppable.
You’ll stop worrying about opinions outside your control and start deriving deep satisfaction from the actual work.
3. Remember Your Duty
When you wake up in the morning, remind yourself of your duty as a human.
You might feel tempted to stay under the covers, but that’s not what you were created for.
As a human, it’s your obligation to get up, go to work, and do your part to set the world in order.
Sure, sufficient sleep is essential for your health, well-being, and performance.
So, make sure you get enough of it.
But once your rest is over, don’t linger in bed.
Instead, get right up and use your replenished energy to serve the world.
And remember that each day you get to wake up and do your part is a precious gift.