We've all heard people parade around and talk about how success is all about being "1% better everyday" and "It's me vs me."
...and while you should focus on improving yourself and worrying about your own situation...
No matter how many times you say "it's me vs me" ... it doesn't change the fact that you're in competition with other people.
The value you provide and the skills you have over those other people is ultimately what's going to matter.
So you can run around and chant, "me vs me" all you want...
But if you aren't actually doing the things required to get better, make progress, and compete at a high level ... life will smash your face in.
So let's talk about what it actually takes to get better every single day and compete at a high level to win big in life...
Being better is all about improving your skill set, knowledge, or anything else that's going to make you a more effective and successful human.
It's about improving yourself in order to contribute more, provide more value, and make a bigger impact. That's what I believe it truly means to "be better."
Now, I think this is how most people think about what it means to be better…
But there are also a lot of people who genuinely don't understand how to get better and the actionable steps it takes to improve themselves.
Today, I want to share with you 5 things you can do every single day to guarantee that you're getting better and making progress in your life...
Every single time I tell people to read 10 pages of a book, I get somebody who says: "Oh, like Harry Potter?"
No. Not like Harry Potter. The exact opposite.
These books should be non-fiction, and help develop your way of thinking.
One of my personal favorites is Relentless by Tim Grover. Those are the kind of books I'm talking about.
Even if you can only take away one piece of practical information that you can apply to your life … the book is worth reading.
In fact, my goal with every book I read is to pick up just one single line of information that I can implement into my life in one way or another to improve.
Anything more than that is just a bonus.
Imagine how much smarter and more skilled you would be if you just read 10 pages for the next year.
Even if every book you read had 300 pages (which most don't) ... you'd still end up reading 12 entire books every year.
That's more than most people read in their entire lives … which is the truth.
So pick up a book … a physical copy, not an audiobook…
Read 10 pages…
…and commit to that process every single day.
There isn't a single one of us who can't make that commitment.
Yeah, it's only 10 pages. But over time, the impact will be immeasurable.
Just like books, there are good podcasts, and there are bad podcasts.
You know the difference.
I recommend you pick a topic that is relevant to your craft, or an area you'd like to make progress in, and just listen.
If you're a marketer ... listen to a marketing podcast.
If you're in real estate ... listen to a real estate podcast.
If you're an entrepreneur ... listen to an entrepreneurship podcast.
If you want to have better relationships ... listen to a podcast about building better relationships.
If you want to be better with your finances ... listen to a personal finance podcast.
If you want to improve your fitness ... listen to a fitness podcast.
Yes ... it's really that easy. I'm sure you can work at least one show, or even just 15-20 minutes of listening into your daily routine.
How much more knowledge could you accumulate from just this simple addition to your daily routine?
The answer is a whole lot.
There is always something you can learn...
...and I even have my own podcast called REAL AF, where I discuss topics around success in business and life.
If that's something that interest you, you can listen to the podcast here.
Other than your mind, your body is another tool you use every single day to help you build the life you truly want.
If you're truly going to get better and fulfill your true potential in life ... you should be exercising and eating foods that are going to keep you in great health or even improve the health you're in currently.
Just think about how much more productive you could be if you were in top physical shape.
You know it's true. Think about your energy, your strength, your focus ... it would all be better.
That's why I'd argue that a huge part of becoming better is maintaining and building upon your health and physical shape.
That doesn't mean you're bound to any one diet or exercise plan.
In fact, you have quite a bit of freedom.
But if you aren't doing something to get your body in better shape ... which also gets your mind in better shape ... then you're severely limiting yourself and your ability to be truly great.
One of the most important skills you need in order to get better is mental toughness.
If you can stay disciplined to execute on your daily tasks regardless of how you feel … you will win.
Obviously, that’s a lot easier said than done.
Building mental toughness comes down to keeping the promises you make to yourself, even when the conditions are far from ideal.
It takes repetition.
It takes intentionally putting yourself in difficult situations.
It takes extreme discipline.
…and it will take time. The best thing you can do to start developing your mental toughness is to challenge yourself.
Go do something that scares you.
Go do something that will require a lot of effort.
Go do something that takes a lot of commitment.
If you’re not exactly sure what that is … you should look into 75 HARD.
75 HARD is a 75 day program that is designed to help you develop the mental toughness you need to dominate in every area of your life.
It will also help you build skills such as confidence, grit, fortitude, self-belief, self-worth, and so much more.
If you want to learn more about 75 HARD, and how it can completely transform your life … you can read about the program in detail here. It’s 100% free to do, and you can revisit it whenever you feel like you need to fine-tune your mental toughness.
For me, becoming better has always been about following and executing on a day by day game plan.
I write down 5 critical tasks that I need to accomplish for the day…
Execute on those tasks…
Then repeat that process the next day, and the next day, and the next day, etc.
I measure my wins daily. If I execute on every one of my critical tasks for the day…
I mark the day as a win. If I don’t, I mark the day as a loss.
I’ve used this method to create the habit of winning through staying disciplined on a day by day basis for over 20 years.
I call it The Power List. It’s a simple, but effective way to take care of what’s urgent for progressing your life.
Through executing on The Power List, you will get better.
Make a list of your 5 most critical tasks. These critical tasks aren’t habits you already have or chores you have to do…
It’s not about doing your dishes, folding your laundry, or making your bed. Critical tasks are actionable items that are stepping stones toward your goals.
Write down 5 and take action, every day.
When these tasks become habits, you can sub them out for new critical tasks while maintaining them.
Commit to this, and nothing can stop you from improving.
Look, I’m not here to give you the same motivational rant like everybody else.
You don’t need motivation. You need discipline.
Motivation is temporary, while discipline is a skill that you can develop to maintain a habit of winning over the course of your life.
Build the discipline and mental toughness, and go out to execute on your daily tasks.
Make becoming better every single day a habit, and you will win.
Every single one of us has gone through and will go through tough times.
It’s an unavoidable fact of life.
When we find ourselves in these tough times, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a positive outlook and attitude.
If you’re struggling right now, I want you...
"I'll never be successful because of [insert excuse]."
How many times have you heard this before?
If I had to guess ... more times than you'd like to admit.
One of the most common ways I see people severely limit their potential and happiness in life is by living as an inauthentic version of themselves.
In fact, this is how most people live…
They build their entire life and identity around the standards and expectations of society and the people around them…
Never taking the time to consider or express who it is they truly are…