Without adversity none of this would matter

In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweis discovered that by simply washing your hands you could reduce the spread of infection.

It took 20 years for the medical community to adopt this practice.

Semmelweis is a perfect example of someone demonstrating virtue. Someone who is willing to stand in the face of adversity, even when no one believes him.

The message is clear: Stand firm.

When we can learn to turn adversity into a positive, even enjoyable experience, we improve our quality of life.

The power of day-to-day

It’s not healthy to always feel the urgency to catch up.

Self-improvement is not about making up for lost time.

That’s how burn out occurs.

Instead, we should focus on the day-to-day.

The results of working many days leads to days with many results.

It’s about the direction you are going, not where you came from.

It’s best to develop productive habits early but it’s never to late to start.

Foundations

No one cares about the foundation.

Why?

Because we can’t see it.

We just see the beautiful house that sits on top, not the countless hours of work that went in below.

The work is intense, making it tempting to looks for quick, easy to use, short-cuts to skip the groundwork.

Except when things fall apart, everyone will blame the foundation.

But when done right, it can do anything that it was designed to do.

Maybe when things are not working, it’s important to ask,

Is this a foundation issue or cosmetic?

In a day

The idea of a sprint is to move as fast as you can in a limited amount of time.

Of course, you can’t sprint forever, so you must choose a beginning with an intention to end in the near future.

Once we make a conscious decision to switch from a marathon to a sprint, our tactics change.

No longer are we stopping and re-assessing each situation. We go. Fast. If we stumble, we get back up and keep moving.

How long should a sprint be?

I’ve found that “in a day” is good length to have a productive sprint.

Anymore and the productivity starts plummeting.

What could you do in a day?

It’s not a bad mantra.