Hello. Joshua Boswell. Back with this final segment of the 7 simple daily … I’m going to go again, still emphasizing daily, just things you do every day, daily habits of successful writers. Now, we’ve talked a little bit about writing. We’ve talked about making your task list in the evening. We’ve talked about getting up early like 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 in the morning. We’ve talked … and all the night hours like, “Nah. No.” Okay. It’s okay. You want to be in Idaho or you want to be rich? Okay. You got to decide.
Now, walk and read. Get up every morning. First thing in the morning, go out and walk, and this is all before you start writing, so walk. Invigorate yourself. Read. Super charge your mind. Get big ideas flowing. Learn from other great people. Capture portions of their life that they’ve shared with you, their best ideas, best strategies. Do all that. Number 4 is write 1 to 4 hours every single day in the morning before noon, before 11:00, and so that’s when your best time is. When you’re unfettered from the cares and concerns of the world like just calm everything down and focus for a little bit. Okay?
Now, let’s talk about number 5, number 5 here. Number 5 is a really cool one. I’ve done this for you. This is when I felt really good. I like pat myself on the back. I do this one. This is really cool. I’ve been working on this for years. I love it, and I’m just going to call it “Get grounded.” Now, there was no … I want to say this. There was no specific pattern in the time of day that this gets done, and that was interesting to me. I would’ve thought like, “Oh, this is part of the morning routine,” but there really wasn’t like some people do it right before they go to bed. Some did it in the early morning hours as part of their walk and read stuff, some … like it was all over the map. Some did it at lunchtime. Some did it while they were on the plane traveling to and from, but all of them did it. All of them did it.
Now, what do I mean by get grounded? What do I mean is, is that all of us are so hectic and crazy. It’s like we just get out there, and there’s a tendency to fly by the seat of our pants and just be like crazy involved in so many different things, and what all these really successful writers do is they have a time in their life, a moment every day where they pull back in, and they get grounded. Now, there are couple different ways that they do this, and this again, this is … There are some differences here, but let me just share with you the 3 major ideas that came up. Okay?
The first one was meditation. Now, if you haven’t sat down and learned a little bit about meditation, I strongly recommend that you do. Being able to ponder, and meditate, and clear your mind, and to focus inward, and listen to that still, small voice inside of you to get connected with the world around you, all those kind of things is really, really, really important. We live in a sea. Bob Proctor, my good friend Bob Proctor says, “We live in a sea of thought.”
Now, think about this. Just for a moment, step back for a second and think about this. The Wright Brothers, the guys, they invented … They built and invented the first flying machine. Those crazy people that went down to Kitty Hawk. The Wright Brothers, right? Did they create, invent, fabricate the laws of physics surrounding flight? No, they didn’t. In fact, for thousands of years, for infinity and beyond number of years, before the Wright Brothers showed up on planet earth and walked out into Kitty Hawk on the hill there and pushed their little flying machine off the hill into the wind, the laws of physics governing flight were already there. They’re already there.
The Wright Brothers simply focused enough and experimented enough to be able to reach out into the universe, into the ethos, into the … I don’t know, into this sea of thought that Bob Proctor talks about, and pulled those in, and grabbed that. This idea of meditation, and being able to clear your mind, and be able to focus and wrap your head around new and exciting stuff, and things that are already there, you just don’t know that they’re there. Think and Grow Rich. Right, Think and Grow Rich. If you haven’t read that book, you should read that book. He talks about infinite intelligence and this all-knowing, all-powerful … like it’s all there. It’s all there.
When we meditate, what we do is we tap into that, and almost all of the great writers that I’ve talked to do some form of meditation. They clear their mind, they focus down in, and they get connected with the sea of thought, the infinite intelligence, God, whatever it is. Okay? Now, this brings me to another thing that many, many, many of the really successful people that I talk to do, and it’s a little bit different version of meditate, but it’s prayer.
I don’t know what your religious convictions are. I don’t know what your spiritual convictions are. By the way, those could be 2 very different things, but I’ll just tell you straight up. Almost all of the great writers that I have talked to and dealt with believe in some version of a higher power of God. Are there atheist great writers out there? I’m sure there are. I’m sure there are. The ones that are though, they’ll tell you that they get their ideas … their ideas come to them or they’re told the ideas, and then they just write them down. We can have a long conversation about this, but just … Why is prayer and meditation different? Because prayer makes the assumption that there is a higher power like I’ll give you a great example.
I have in my life 2 different people. One is a financial advisor guru guy, lives out on the West Coast. I almost never see him. In fact, for years, I communicated with him, talked with him, dealt with him, never saw him, never tangibly made eye contact with him. I had another IT guy up in Canada that for years, and years, and years, I’ve never met him personally still. I just sent messages off to him through email. We never talked on the phone. I did see some pictures of him, but I don’t know. The pictures were weird and I don’t want to think about that, so it’s like … but he was awesome in IT like I could send him up, and he could do things for me and help me understand things that I never could on my own.
That experience right there, dealing with these 2 people, not having seen them, having them help me, having them do things with me and for me that I couldn’t do on my own is to me the clear definition of what prayer is. I’m making an active … I’m assuming that there’s somebody out there or something out there that can do something better than I can, and I’m reaching out to them to have them help me. That’s prayer like additional resources, more thoughts, whatever it is.
I listened recently to a great book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The same person who wrote The Secret Garden and a number of other great books. This one is a little less known called “The Lost Prince,” and it’s great. In The Lost Price, it talks about the thought that knows all things, and being able to tap into that, and make requests, and get responses back just like I did to my IT guy, right? Prayer. Again, I don’t know what your belief is. I’m not trying to convince you. I’m just helping you to understand that getting ground for a lot of these guys involve prayer, reaching out to a higher power, somebody out there, something out there that could help them. Now, I could get into my own convictions, but I won’t, so prayer.
The other one here, and this one is really powerful for me and still continues to be, and that’s journal, journaling. Almost all of them. In fact, I can think for a second. I could look at my stats. I’m going to say all of them. I’m pretty sure there was no outliers here. All of them kept some kind of a journal. Most of them kept a gratitude journal. “What am I grateful for? What is there to be happy about? Why is my life so rich and filled with abundance, and joy, and happiness, and peace, and prosperity?” They made a note of it. They kept track of it. Now, there’s so much that’s been said about this, but a journal and especially a gratitude journal, okay? A gratitude journal. All right, so that’s number 5. Now, number 6. Let’s talk about number 6.
Number 6, and this one, we can do … we can just cover this one super simple is exercise, physical exercise. Now, again, the walking was just an invigoration warming up kind of a thing. Now, I’m talking about serious, grind out, put your major stress, tax your body, invigorate yourself, deep breathing, hard physical exercise, getting stronger, getting more powerful, getting more like alive, getting … all those kinds of things, strong physical exercise. How long? What kind? The programs, the processes varied widely, but they’re all exercise. That’s number 6.
You want to know what I personally do? I either swim or I do high-intensity interval workouts where I do short stuff several days a week. I’ve got a 10 to 15-minute routine where I seriously put my body to the utter limits of my physicality, my physical ability, and I hammer for 10, 15 minutes, have a little cool down period, and then I move on, and do something else. I also swim 2 to 3 days a week and same thing. My swimming is pretty short. Half hour in the water, no more, and I go for it.
I’m not exercising to be a fitness god. I’m exercising to be stronger, and have longevity, and to have my brain cleared, and to clear out, just to strengthen my immune system and all those benefits that come with exercise. I’m really exercising, so I’m trying to keep up with my teenage boys, but that’s a losing battle. By the way, I’m not winning that battle there. They’re crazy stronger than I am.
All right, number 7. We’ll spend a few minutes on number 7. This one is really, really, really important, and this again was universal. No outliers on this. None. Zero. This one was do less. To have more, they have all done less, but there’s a couple things about this. Number 1 is they delegate. Number 2, they have priorities. Now, remember I said that the list up here, the evening list was based on the non-urgent, high-priority things? That comes in here. They look at all … like what are the highest leverage items that they can do and what’s going to do less?
My great friend and serious writer, serious business owner Perry Marshall. I just love Perry to death. Perry says he starts off his to-do list with the question of, “What can I delegate? What needs to get done? What do I need to delegate like what needs to go to somebody else?” That’s his first process on the task list is, “Get this off my plate. Go give it to somebody else. Let them do what they do best, so I can do what I do best. What’s the high-leverage thing there?” Then the priority stuff there of course is very important.
The other thing is to a T. This was awesome for me because I am guilty as charged on this. I promise, and that is no email until at least 11:00am. No email until at least 11:00am. These guys don’t get up, and check email, and start processing things, and reading comments, and going through that. It’s been said that email is crazy addictive. For some reason, the process of reading email gives you the same boost, or high, or endorphin rush as like a big shot of sugar or drinking down a big monster … a high-energy drink like this is a crazy, wacky, wild, addictive thing that we get into, and social media is the same way, so like … By the way, almost none of them sit and engage in social media, so that, you can just cross that one off the list.
Very few of them spend a ton of time doing social media, but none of them, none to a T, no outliers check email before 11:00, and most of them only check email once a day. Some check it twice a day, but they all check email infrequently. It’s not buzzing on their phone all the time. It’s not popping up on their computer. There’s no desktop notification stuff going on. It’s all shut down, and they delegate stuff out. Their inbox is filled with things that are priority, and there’s no email. Once a day. Maybe twice a day. No email till 11:00. This is really, really important, so they do less.
Now, the last thing that they do. They all do this. Think more. They think more. Again, no outliers. All of them. All of them to a T mentioned this to me, part of their daily habit, and this … Of course, this ties in to some of these other things about getting grounded and spending some time in the morning invigorating and doing less, so it all comes forth full circle, and you can see some cool patterns here, but here’s what I got so excited about is instead of frantically running around, and doing a lot of stuff, and having all the … I’m so guilty of this sometimes.
Instead of doing all that, they calm all their stuff down in their life, and they focus on just a few really priority things, and they spend a lot of time thinking. How much time? Varied. Again, you’re going back to Warren Buffett. I’ve read that he spends like 90% of his time just reading and deep thinking about stuff, and then he goes out and does a few critical key things, and then that creates success. He delegates things and whatnot, but he’s always learning, always growing, always studying, thinking, analyzing like he spends more time thinking and less time being busy and doing a whole bunch of stuff, and all these successful people that I’ve talked with and interviewed have that same habit of doing less. They do less, and that is so contrary to our world of crazy, busy stuff. Okay?
Now, here we go. Let’s fill in our couple blanks here, and then I’ve got an invitation for you. Number 5, right, is get grounded. Number 6 over here is exercise. Number 7 is do less. Number 7 is do less. Here, we have our list. This is our Big 7. Task lists in the evenings. Rise up early. Get up early. Get out of bed earlier. Go to bed earlier. Walk and read before you do anything else, and then just start invigorating your body. Not hard exercise, just go into motion and invigorate your mind with reading [and stuff 0:15:58.7].
Wright 1 to 4 hours a day, but in the morning before 11:00. Get grounded. Pray. Meditate. Ponder. Be out in nature, but calm everything down. Write and do a gratitude journal. That can be done any time during the day at any place. [Literally 00:16:16], you can meditate anywhere. Once you get this one done, you can meditate anywhere. Exercise. Get strong and healthy. People ask me all the time. This is on a side note like I do these 1-day seminars, and I will stand up there from 8:00am, and this sounds like I’m bragging, but I’ll stand out there from 8:00am until 6:00pm. I’ll have a few breaks in between. Then, we’ll go out to dinner, and from that time, I am 100%. I am on. I am delivering. I am focused. I am giving everything that I’ve got.
How in the world does a guy have that much energy for that long? I don’t know if I know all the answer, but I know part of it is I was trying to stay a little bit healthy, so that I can do things to bless other people’s lives and to be involved with my family like I like living life full till … I like being out there and being energetic and excited because I just like it. Okay? Exercise is an important thing, and then do less. Let’s all stop. Let’s make a commitment to all stop being so busy.
Now, here’s my invitation to you. It’s a very simple thing. Tonight, so you’ve gone through these 3 segments. Tonight, before you go to bed, I want you to make a task list, and what I want you to do is I want you to think about this Big 7, and I want you to look at your life and say, “Am I doing some of these?” If you are, give yourself a big round of applause, pat yourself on the back. Do something that like get the endorphins rushing, and feel good about yourself, and applaud that, and be great. Own it and be happy about it.
Then, look at things that you need some improving on. I’ve mentioned a few things here. The email thing like that’s got to end, and some of these other things in here that I don’t do as good as I should do, I’m going to refocus and say, “Okay. Like really, really, really successful people do these things, so I should too, and they’re all easy. They’re so simple to do, but I should do these every single day.” Then, make a plan, and this is very simple to do. Make a game plan that you’re going to improve one thing. Remember, do less to get more, so just … Look at these 7 things.
If you’re not doing one of them, look at … If you had to look at one sliver or one of the themes, then just decide you’re going to do a little bit of this, whatever that thing is, and set a plan and just start doing it. That’s my invitation for you. Don’t try to tackle all 7 at once. Just begin the process, and then when you get that one done, move on to the next thing, and then move on to the next thing. Together, let’s go with this cool journey and put these 7 things into our lives just so they’re immutably anchored into our life and locked into place. Sound cool? Can we do that? All right, cool.
Tonight, make your list. Own what you’re doing well, apply yourself for it, and look at where you can improve on. Make a list, decide on one little thing, make a plan, and begin moving forward, and making that a habit. I can promise you. If you’ll do that, if you’ll do that little thing, it will be easy not to do it, but if you’ll discipline yourself and you’ll just say, “I’m going to do this, and I’m just going to move forward,” if you’ll just do that thing, that one little thing, then your life will be totally different. Another year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, it’s all going to come. It’s all going to happen, but will it happen with you doing things that are consistent?
We can’t change the past. Don’t even think about the … Don’t look back. Don’t commiserate on what you haven’t done. That’s used to … or useless, wasted time. Don’t do it. Focus on the future with me. We’re going to have another year, another 5 years, another 10 years, 20 years, 30 years. Some of us might not last 30 years, but we’re going to have all this time, right? It’s going to happen anyway, so let’s start today. Let’s start today and make that a priority and a habit, and man, awesome, awesome results would [come off it 0:20:18.3].
How do I know? Because … Look at these people that I’ve dealt with. They’re so successful, and these are the reasons why. They’ve got these 7 things that are common in their life, and they’re doing them consistently. They’ve disciplined themselves to do small, simple, high-leverage things. You can too, so can I. we bet can do it, so let’s do it together. Okay? All right. I can’t wait to hear about your successes. I can’t wait to hear about what you do with these little things, so keep in touch. Send me emails. Post messages. Let me know what’s happened in your life because of these little tiny things that make a big, big difference. I can’t wait to hear from you. Thanks so much for listening. I’ll talk to you soon.