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This statement has become my mantra for getting stuff done and for happiness.
Let’s talk working in months.
You want to build something big, that has the potential to change the life that you live. Yet, you jump around from one idea to the next, without getting any closer to your goals.
You come up with a great idea for a new business, excitement and emotion take over, and you jump in headfirst to your new project — only to lose excitement and momentum after a few days or a week.
Remove emotion from the equation.
Anything that is worth your time and that will change your life, is going to take you months to accomplish, whether you think so or not.
Building a business is not a lottery, you can’t buy a ticket and suddenly be successful. Yes, people will try and sell you tickets to this lottery, but know that it’s a losing game.
When you plan in advance to work in months, you remove the expectation of instant gratification. At the same time, you have prepared yourself to settle in and get to work for the next few months. Every project will have a different length of time to completion, but that’s not the point.
Nothing worth doing will take you less than months of work to see real results.
Whether you are starting a podcast, building a blog, or developing software, months are where you will be working. Not until launch, but to any meaningful audience being built.
This is why 100s of people every day launch podcasts, blogs and new products, but never achieve any real success. They hope the launch will be their lottery ticket, and when it isn’t — which it never is — they give up on their idea.
This isn’t about working all the time.
Plan to work in months and you will set yourself on a path to not only working in months, but also to vactioning and travelling in months.
This is the beautiful byproduct of a project-based business and a project-based lifestyle.
This is available to you, but you must work in months.
Also published on Medium.