Prepare to be wrong

Learn from the imperfections in your initial plan to get better.

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  • Plan reviews / assessments to see what is going well, what isn’t, and what ought to change for each of your habits.
  • Create structured practice opportunities to increase your competence and ensure you have everything you need in advance (as applicable).

Advice

  • Use your accountability partners, role models, and social support to provide you with external perspective and look past your blind spots.
  • Leverage this experimentation mindset to mitigate any perfectionist tendencies and take good action now. As General George S. Patton, Jr. once said, “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”
  • Write down your moments of failure along the way. The experience of failing gives us crucial information that will ensure victory the next time around.

Examples

  • Nutrition: Every other Sunday morning, before my grocery trip, I spend time reviewing my progress.
  • Fitness: At the end of each month, I do a fitness assessment and see how I am progressing.
  • Mental Health: I try to meditate in different parts of my home, office, and outside, and review which locations worked best for me at the end of the week.
  • Sleep: The first Saturday of the month, I review all of my late nights and figure out how to do better for those situations this month.
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