They all have a specific routine that gets them in the right physical, mental, emotional frames of mind to compete and keep moving forward. These people don't have to worry about how to succeed, they just have to trust the routine and execute.
Why is that?
It's hard to both plan to do something, and then actually do it. The simple act of planning takes brain power and discipline, which means you have less of both when it comes time to follow-through — making following through much harder.
If you take the planning out of the equation, all you have to do is rely on your routine to push you forward.
So, here's a question for you: "How is your own routine helping you move forward in your career?"
Or maybe my question should be this: "Is your routine helping you plan and achieve your career goals?"
If your answer's "Yes!", well then you skip Go and collect $200. But if it's more along the lines of, "Hm, my routine isn't really helping me," then keep reading!
When I was a full-time consultant, I was miserable and ready to quit and do something — anything — else. I had a bunch of ideas and plans, but no real momentum, and I kept putting off things that I knew were important instead of buckling down. I wasn't making the kind of progress that I wanted.
And then I changed my routine. The first thing I did was look at my goal: Launch my own business. The second thing I did was examine what kind of habits I'd need to build into my schedule to do that.
For example, I dedicated one night a week to writing all of my blogs and one night a week to networking for the blog. I didn't worry about doing anything but what I had planned for those two nights — writing and networking. Done and done.
Having a plan and routine that I was following had the beneficial effect of also making me less afraid of the future.
I was taking action and that took away a lot of my fear. With more confidence (and less fear) I expanded my routine even further. Was it hard? Of course! It definitely took some effort on my mind.