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19. Making Hard Things Easier


 

Today we discuss how to make hard things easier to accomplish through small consistent powerful life changing decisions. Highlights from the conversation include: - Choosing how and when to create goals. - Progressive overload of the mind. - Increasing the cost to failure. - We are the some of our actions. - Make it inconvenient. - Study yourself, the need for self awareness. - Redeem your Windshield time. ***NOTE: This will be the last episode with the "roomy" sound as we have finally found the root cause of our problem. Stay tuned for IMPROVED SOUND and more AMAZING CONVERSATION. Did you find value in today’s conversation? SHARE IT!

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08;06;40;10 - 08;06;20;07

Jon & Aaron

Here's our kind of topic of conversation how to make hard things easy and how to make easy things hard. Here's how it goes. Let's say it changed your lifestyle like, I don't want to just visit the site. I'm really personally, I don't like having a 30 day diet and then giving yourself an out and then going back


08;06;20;07 - 08;06;02;01

Jon & Aaron

to doing whatever. To me, that's madness. You know, it really, really drains the soul when you just keep going back to the same old habits. So what if you start a whole new habit or what that looks like is you have to make it easy on yourself, which sounds the exact opposite of what the good things about


08;06;01;16 - 08;05;41;21

Jon & Aaron

? Isn't this about like running into the fray and doing the crazy, difficult things? Well, what if it doesn't have to be difficult? In the sense that it keeps you away from doing it so far. And what I mean by that is if you had a pantry for food and there's good things in there, there's bad things and


08;05;41;21 - 08;05;27;22

Jon & Aaron

you know, those are, you know, you've identified those things. But one of the bad things is so good, right? Well, if the bad things taste really good, that makes it easy for you to eat it. Mm-Hmm. Does that make sense, right?


08;05;27;07 - 08;05;10;29

Jon & Aaron

And if the good things taste worse or bad to you, then it makes it harder to eat it. So what do you do? Well, if the easy is the if bad things are easy to eat, then keep them at the store.


08;05;09;22 - 08;04;53;04

Jon & Aaron

Or create less options for them. Right? So I won't let's say it's chips. I will drive to the store to get chips if I want them in the moment. You know, I'll find out what's easy to get in front of me and I'll decide what those are.


08;04;52;22 - 08;04;32;06

Jon & Aaron

So it's really it's about creating options that you can win by making an easy decision. Does it make sense? Yeah, I think we talking about increasing the cost of Adobe once you set a goal to make it more costly to do the things that would not produce success, right?


08;04;31;25 - 08;04;17;03

Jon & Aaron

Right, exactly. Yeah. So like if it's it's sort of like if we're to use the word picture, like if the ice cream cone is two miles away, you're not likely to get it. You know, if it's in your freezer, you're lucky.


08;04;16;24 - 08;03;59;14

Jon & Aaron

Absolutely. Yeah. Is that an addiction to gummy bears? And we have a big bag of gummy bears, a pantry, and I will never buy directly to eat them. But actually, today it's inside Saudi, right? Right now, I'm not worried about eating them there, so I'm OK with my hand for two.


08;03;59;14 - 08;03;46;22

Jon & Aaron

But if that becomes a problem, I wouldn't have gummy bears in-house. That's a fact I did. I actually did this by accident at work. There's there's a number of other businesses in there and they have this temple with treats.


08;03;46;06 - 08;03;31;25

Jon & Aaron

And I said, and this is for me because everything it was like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Milky Way's, all these kind of things like that is something that is attracted to me. It wasn't like I didn't even want this thing, but it's right here.


08;03;31;21 - 08;03;18;23

Jon & Aaron

Yeah, why not? I just seem to grab it projected on a tree. Does that bill's like be sitting there waiting for you to scarf down? You know, it's funny. You mentioned the idea of making things easy and easy things hard.


08;03;18;09 - 08;03;02;14

Jon & Aaron

And, you know, like it, there's two mentalities 30,000 junk to my mind when arguing that conversation one is making things easy, right? How do you do that? You let's say you run to the guy or you want to read a book or whatever your goal is.


08;03;02;03 - 08;02;49;11

Jon & Aaron

But maybe that's hard because it's not in your like, let's say you want it, it's lifestyle change that you want to become more reader. You want to eat healthily, you want to become more physically fit. Right? So that you're working in the pursuit of a new being?


08;02;49;05 - 08;02;31;06

Jon & Aaron

Right? Yeah, were me. But it's hard and making it easier is through this idea. You can adapt it mentally progressively, you know, progressive overload in the athletic fields of today I off £10, sometimes tomorrow with the eleven and twelve.


08;02;31;06 - 08;02;16;27

Jon & Aaron

And then once I get 15, maybe £12 and you know, you just continue to increase strain proportionally to what you're capable of executing right in over time, you know, you can lift £100, you started, you can lift ten, right?


08;02;16;24 - 08;01;56;01

Jon & Aaron

But if you stay consistent and continue to progressively incrementally increase the load proportional to your Adobe, you're listening hundred pounds when that was unfathomable to start with. I think that's what we're talking about. Yeah, it's overwhelming. If you start with what the goal is now, if you if you had been in the habit of doing healthy things


08;01;55;18 - 08;01;38;18

Jon & Aaron

and you're just that, then this is kind of what a diet or crash diet is. That's the idea. It's like instantaneously, we want you to be this person or not. It's exhausting, yeah, and it's like, oh, no wonder it's going to last four or five days, you're not that person yet, you can become that person.


08;01;37;26 - 08;01;13;07

Jon & Aaron

So it's by incremental, like you say, adding a little bit of weight each time in real and not even realizing it stronger. Absolutely. And it's. It means you never need the extremes of these crash routines, right? Like I'm thinking about, I think I'm well over 220 days of challenge do challenges in the last year and say it


08;01;13;03 - 08;00;52;18

Jon & Aaron

was never about one challenge. It was about OK, if I keep being challenged, how what transforms, I'm just using those as a keys to create habits over extended periods of time. And it's fun because they're they are changing in difficulty, scope and precision of what I'm aiming for right to create the results.


08;00;52;18 - 08;00;35;20

Jon & Aaron

And I love it, and they're also getting longer. I'm finding now that the things that really I'll test something for 30 days and then it's really getting after what I'm wanting to cultivate. I'll make it 100 days so that I'm I'm encouraged to make it part of who I am with certain something I do.


08;00;34;26 - 08;00;17;29

Jon & Aaron

And that makes some very difficult changes. A lot simpler. And I think, I think easy and simple here. I think easy is simple in this context. But if you take something that's difficult, emotionally draining. Exhausting and difficult to sustain when you simplify it.


08;00;16;25 - 08;00;03;13

Jon & Aaron

And you can pursue progress in it. You know, then when you look back six months from now, you will have gone way further than if you try to sprint, you know? So is that what you're thinking about? Yeah, I absolutely.


08;00;03;09 - 09;59;47;01

Jon & Aaron

I think the mine needs it to be simple and especially when it's something you're not familiar with. Mm-Hmm. You know, philosophy is this way to think about physical, any kind of mental acuity that you're trying to accomplish and just anything you're learning.


09;59;46;21 - 09;59;30;17

Jon & Aaron

At some point, it has to start with one plus one equals two. Okay, got that? Let's build on that. What's fun is like because I'm thinking about OK, but let's say you wanted to get. You're self-taught, essentially disciplined.


09;59;30;12 - 09;59;15;13

Jon & Aaron

A lot of these things are just going to want to eat healthier. Read more Exercise. Work on some projects, write for yourself. It's like, OK, there's going to be things that are taking you away from making the choice to do those things.


09;59;14;26 - 09;58;58;18

Jon & Aaron

Can we? Make it more difficult to choose other things and the desire to choose what you want to do if you want to. You know, build a fence and then you're done with work and or you want to build a tree house for kids, you know that me sitting there, right?


09;58;58;04 - 09;58;44;03

Jon & Aaron

And you're like, Oh, I just watch the TV. How do you? Make it so that's harder to watch the TV, right? How do you increase the cost of failure? Yes, because not everything going to be replaced, you know, with sweets.


09;58;43;22 - 09;58;33;05

Jon & Aaron

My my tactic. Remove the sweets so I can reduce the sugar intake of the sweets. I don't want to have a conversation my head over to the bowl sweets, that's for sure. Just of it. I don't want it.


09;58;32;26 - 09;58;17;00

Jon & Aaron

For me personally, after years of experimenting with drinking, it's not removed because I will be motivated to get a tasty beverage that I'll get. I'll drive and pick something, you know, make a date, eat or whatever. Justify it because I want that enough to make, Kardashian says, OK, OK.


09;58;16;23 - 09;58;03;21

Jon & Aaron

Every tactic does not work equally. Apply to every problems, you know, so every solution does not fit every problem. And that's good because like what? The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.


09;58;02;27 - 09;57;43;10

Jon & Aaron

So when I tried mixing it up and it's like, OK, you know, I just want to further minimize my intake. Over time. You know, without work, they just want to continue to minimize and change that part of what's been a big part of my life for a long time.


09;57;42;29 - 09;57;20;20

Jon & Aaron

And when I started doing was costing calories on a Salt Lake, right for over a year by that date. Right now, I'm on a two or three of 100 days of 200 calories. And that's really fun for me because I've been excited, encouraged by the results of 100 calories to the point where it's now like, I have


09;57;20;20 - 09;57;02;11

Jon & Aaron

no problem. I have no guilt, no personal wrestling's. I'm like, It's going to cost more calories on myself. I figure if it's worth it, it's worth it. If it's not, I don't. And it's it's another tactic to making a Hurricane Isaac write like you talk about this hard habit forming things that you may do and even if


09;57;02;11 - 09;56;50;18

Jon & Aaron

you have them under control, but you just like to further remove them from your life. Yes, there's more. My point here is try different things to kind of clicks for you. It helps you motivate to pursue the things you want.


09;56;50;04 - 09;56;40;10

Jon & Aaron

Right? Like, maybe it's hiding your remote. Maybe it's putting the TV in the closet, so you have to pull the TV out every time you guys watch your favorite movie instead of just sitting down and flipping off. Right?


09;56;40;09 - 09;56;25;15

Jon & Aaron

You know, it's creating increase in the cost of failure and making it harder to do the things you don't want to do so that it's easier to do the things you want to. Right? Yeah, a great one is if you go to a gym, I know a lot of people packed the greenback every night so that all


09;56;25;15 - 09;56;11;17

Jon & Aaron

they have to do in the morning is grab the that, you know, they have to get up and find the clothes. They're just trying to find ways to make it easier to do. That's exactly. And that's exactly what I wear because, you know, you get you got a plan for the the conflict in your mind.


09;56;11;14 - 09;55;56;10

Jon & Aaron

Yeah. And so when the conflict, like it's almost like you're setting yourself up for success in the future, like the future self is weak in a certain moment. You know that about yourself. It's like, Hey, I know when I get home from work, I go into a certain routine and I hate myself for it.


09;55;56;08 - 09;55;45;02

Jon & Aaron

The next morning or whatever, you know, whatever that is, or maybe not hear yourself, but you just like to be better like this can be challenged in my life. All right. So you know that. OK, so what are you strongest mentally?


09;55;44;23 - 09;55;27;27

Jon & Aaron

You know, this could be another conversation we have, but find out that moment. Be in the morning, a day or whatever, and you can plan for success. So like you said, I'm going to the gym tomorrow. I've committed to doing that, but I know when I wake in the morning, I'm not going to want to do that


09;55;27;22 - 09;55;17;07

Jon & Aaron

. Yeah. And what's worse is, you know, John's I know he's not going to be there that morning because he's are vacation or something. So I could get myself in out here and sleep in, you know, that kind of thing.


09;55;15;26 - 09;55;05;25

Jon & Aaron

And I'm in if I if I don't plan for that conversation ahead of time, I know I'm just going to lose because, you know, get him. No one is going to be like, I should not do this thing.


09;55;04;20 - 09;54;43;17

Jon & Aaron

And this is just one habit because, of course, of using that city's example, but over where physical being. So I'm doing physical hard things in this fight to provide music support. Well, because if you make easy things hard intentionally as part of training, then doing the hard things and making them simpler and more easy to accomplish overall


09;54;43;17 - 09;54;25;19

Jon & Aaron

actually becomes more doable. Yes, right? And like as a short aside, there's few mornings that. Will exercise your state power more than if you're expecting to meet up with someone for a training session, especially if it's cold and crappy, outside weather's terrible.


09;54;25;18 - 09;54;13;00

Jon & Aaron

Yeah, and they can't come for whatever reason, doesn't matter. And now you're by yourself. Have a choice. Do you put that workout down or do you get after it or even add more to it to just nail home?


09;54;13;00 - 09;53;50;16

Jon & Aaron

The fact that I'm here to do this, regardless of if I lose my body or not feel the same sense that that is applicable to so many different aspects, right? And that's why we're such large proponents of physical fitness and doing things because it is a tool to build muscle in our minds to become more resilient, absolute


09;53;50;10 - 09;53;37;07

Jon & Aaron

and to make tackling these harder things easier. Agree. Well, and that's I think that's encouraging about it because you take if you take those things that are hard and you do them and you make them easily do them consistently, the hard things actually become easier.


09;53;37;01 - 09;53;20;23

Jon & Aaron

Mm-Hmm. That's a guarantee if you focus on if you focus on reading more and you create some small habit, I mean the page at the end of the sentence a day, you just consistently do that. That'll become easier and easier and you want to do more and more and more.


09;53;19;26 - 09;53;00;16

Jon & Aaron

And so that hard thing was that used to be hard is not hard. But conversely, those easy things that you do that were not beneficial annoy those can also get easier. And so that's the warning. Like careful that you're making it easy and your wife is not helping you because it will also grow if you allow it


09;53;00;16 - 09;52;48;04

Jon & Aaron

to continue to be easy. I like said, putting boundaries as a great way to do that. Make it a little harder every time. Well, we've talked about that before, right, that we are the sum of our actions. Yes.


09;52;47;19 - 09;52;32;06

Jon & Aaron

Yeah. If you want whatever you are, it's the sum total of all the promises. You make sense if you don't like it or you have to choose, change the choices you make for all of those decisions. All those micro decisions fuel who you are, right?


09;52;31;28 - 09;52;17;08

Jon & Aaron

What is the old adage? What you think becomes what you say we save becomes what you do. What you do becomes who you are, therefore what you think becomes who you are. But it's the same thing, you know, with anything you do in that.


09;52;17;08 - 09;52;04;24

Jon & Aaron

And that's where it's like, do what you can well and make sure you invest your abilities and minds where you want to go and then keep honing everything into that. It's a continual reassessment of how to make this better.


09;52;01;25 - 09;51;48;08

Jon & Aaron

If we have a 100% potential in which you can at best achieve 97% before you die, right, you'll never get time to, but you can get as close as you can. How far in that journey are you right?


09;51;47;28 - 09;51;32;24

Jon & Aaron

I was doing some heavy self-assessment over the last couple of weeks and then I was traveling. You're going to see a lot of people and I see embarrassing. I think I'm about 20%, maybe maybe 20, maybe a little generous, but I think I'm 15 to 20% of who I could be.


09;51;31;01 - 09;51;16;05

Jon & Aaron

And that was. Humbling and exciting because it's like, wow, if I'm only 20% right now with all the effort into putting in the last few years, what is 20 years from now going to look like? Maybe I'll be in the sixties, 60% range, you know?


09;51;15;27 - 09;51;02;24

Jon & Aaron

And like, how cool would that be? And I think people want it over credit themselves, but how much of their potential they write the best version of themselves that that's what I mean by potentially becoming the best version of who you could be as an individual.


09;51;02;10 - 09;50;48;18

Jon & Aaron

I think they credit themselves as like, Oh, I'm 60% the they're plus. No, you're not. And if you really look in the mirror, maybe you are. I highly doubt it. I think that very few people look incredibly intentional lives ever see above 50%.


09;50;48;07 - 09;50;28;12

Jon & Aaron

Yeah. And it's to me, what a cool pursuit, because some of the great people that we've been seeing who have found success. It's amazing how voracious they are with knowledge. It's like it's almost it's almost as a compounding effect in their life, like they're more voracious at 60 than they were at 40.


09;50;28;02 - 09;50;15;05

Jon & Aaron

And I my suspicion is that they they've grown an understanding of how much the gap of what they want to be really is an asset like, you're staring America. It's actually bigger than I thought. That's OK. I like how you said it.


09;50;14;14 - 09;50;02;27

Jon & Aaron

That means I'm going to be really, really something someday. I feel like if you need the medicine of humility as much as you need more patience, right? So when you get to do a self assessment and you get this.


09;50;02;06 - 09;49;49;01

Jon & Aaron

That's a hard pill to swallow. And is it good for you? It is. And, you know, a conversation for a different day. Some of the other results last few weeks of meditation. So inspection all of myself to it.


09;49;49;01 - 09;49;36;09

Jon & Aaron

But, you know, looking at kind of the planning aspect of like, OK, we know that if you increase the failure rate, make it harder to do things you don't want to do. Therefore, make it easier to do things you want to do.


09;49;35;25 - 09;49;22;25

Jon & Aaron

How can you plan or when should you plan be more focused? Pursuit of that, right? I think that there's two ideas, picks something. Whatever is in your mind that comes first, I think all of us have something to say.


09;49;22;19 - 09;49;04;15

Jon & Aaron

I want to protect myself, right? Pick that item, whatever it is that intuitively comes and what is something that you can commit to you when you choose that commitment for myself, I want you to be for that. I don't choose it when I first wake up because before bed and we get right, watered-down, whatever my content should


09;49;04;15 - 09;48;46;08

Jon & Aaron

be. And first thing in the morning or night, you know that first thing in the morning, I'm like, Take over the world. Yeah. Totalitarian. I don't need food. I don't need water. Don't sleep much or something. But whatever I choose in the morning is not sustainable throughout the day and throughout multiple days.


09;48;45;29 - 09;48;27;10

Jon & Aaron

So it's like for me, what I found is typically the best time for me to plan is midday. I've even out after lunch is great, right or right after right before lunch. You know, it's great depending on what the day's, you know, get some food, some fed, but I'm even keeled and, you know, expended about half my


09;48;27;10 - 09;48;09;18

Jon & Aaron

energy on the day. Let's plan what I want to commit to there. There again, was when is it best to plan? When it's easiest for you, right? Because you're like, When is it easiest for you? It's like, Well, it's when I get rid of, you know, all the frenetic energy I have in the morning.


09;48;09;17 - 09;47;53;04

Jon & Aaron

Yeah, that's not a good time to plan. I'll be fighting. So I would do that to myself. When you find that kind of perfect moment, that's an easy time to plan. Great. It doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, there's no there's no trophy for it being difficult needlessly.


09;47;52;19 - 09;47;39;17

Jon & Aaron

You know, sometimes things have to be difficult. And then you go through it, right? We don't shy away from those things. But when they don't have to be difficult, you make them that stupid. It's masochism. Yeah, pain without purpose is masochism.


09;47;38;17 - 09;47;27;16

Jon & Aaron

Everything that we do, some some people think I've heard that. Some people think so. You think you do. So you're crazy or weird, but it has a purpose, a very relevant purpose, right? And it provides us. Right, right, right.


09;47;27;14 - 09;47;12;06

Jon & Aaron

You know, it's not masochism. It's this will make us better, you know? And that's cool. But you're absolutely right. When is the best time that you'll make a fair deal with yourself because you're negotiating with yourself? You know, I know that my morning self is not and vice versa.


09;47;12;05 - 09;46;56;23

Jon & Aaron

Right? Right. The decisions those people make right now, they're not good. And I think we all have multiple people and insiders. It's not like a schizophrenic sort of way. first of all, personalities, but more like a we have different motivations depending on when or when are we open to suggestions or.


09;46;56;21 - 09;46;43;06

Jon & Aaron

Yeah. Right. So it's like, OK, pick a time where you're fed, you're not overly counter, overly exhausted at that point. Do a fair trade with what you know you can easily hold yourself to. Can I? This is great.


09;46;42;19 - 09;46;31;00

Jon & Aaron

Can I? Can I ask you because I really want to know what are what are some of the things that you do to make things easy? Yeah. What what are some of the habits that you've been able to do and how did how did you start doing that?


09;46;31;00 - 09;46;12;22

Jon & Aaron

What what made it part of the routine? I think this year's really catalyzed what I think about making routine, but it's committing to something consistently longer than I would otherwise and deliberately making it less sexy than I want to anniversary down.


09;46;12;05 - 09;46;00;09

Jon & Aaron

So when I first think about anything I want, right, I want to jump in and say, Oh, I want to read more, so I'm going to do 20 pages of it. And then I read 20 minutes and I'm like, OK.


09;45;59;03 - 09;45;44;13

Jon & Aaron

20 minutes, 23 hours a day is about 30, 40 minutes, that's too much, so I don't tend to not identify signals for the next 50 days. I'm getting five pages a day period, right? Something like that. And and that's that midday negotiation.


09;45;44;13 - 09;45;33;07

Jon & Aaron

I'm making a transaction with myself right on what will I commit to when I'm even keeled? You know, when I'm in that bass level state of mind, I know how I'm going to feel the evening. I know I'm going to the morning.


09;45;32;19 - 09;45;15;15

Jon & Aaron

I'm pulling everything together and making decisions all myself to, and I'm making it small enough that I can succeed because maybe the next challenge I can do témoignages 15 and 20 right instead of just the five. But right now I'm doing zero survives a win, right?


09;45;15;08 - 09;44;58;19

Jon & Aaron

And that's kind of the way I look at it, since I take something that's incrementally proportionally doable and then do it for a minimum 30 days or I've done a few 21 days, I think 30 minutes more challenging at second and last nine days is kind of a push for at least 30 days.


09;44;57;23 - 09;44;43;03

Jon & Aaron

Then reassess, reevaluate everybody. Yeah, there's I guess the big thing I've come to for myself, and I'd love to hear your answer to the same question. There's no sexy solution, there's no simple solution. There is a simple solution.


09;44;43;00 - 09;44;22;15

Jon & Aaron

There's no hack or quick fix discipline and consistency over time. You will create those things and then go back to progressive overload. Once you're done. Reward yourself. Don't cut out the reward. And once you've enjoyed the reward up the way metaphorically.


09;44;22;10 - 09;44;09;02

Jon & Aaron

Yeah. That's correct. That's what I mean. That's really great. So you're making it. So you make it a little longer than comfortable knowing that, but making it a little harder than where you're at each other and then doing it for a long period of time.


09;44;08;19 - 09;43;48;15

Jon & Aaron

Sort of like a set time, 30 days commit, commit to something definitive that I can't just let go. Right? I have to hold. And one of the other things, too is deliberately inconvenient. And yeah, that's good, right? It has to be like some of these personal, but the things I'm trying to develop at this point have to


09;43;48;15 - 09;43;32;01

Jon & Aaron

be inconvenient for what I might do. And I think most of them are, if you make it, it's not inconvenient. It's not about. It doesn't have to be like life stopping, but it has to be convenient. Agreed. Yeah, all things all things that are pretty normal rhythm are going to be inconvenient and they're going to feel that


09;43;32;01 - 09;43;09;18

Jon & Aaron

way. I would say it's the same thing. A buildup, OK? Convenience is convenience to me is synonymous with easy. So you have if I wanted to like from in the morning a number of years ago, I decided and even more deliberately in the last year, I said, I want to have intentional reading in the war.


09;43;09;01 - 09;42;51;29

Jon & Aaron

And there's a couple of things that I intentionally read that are kind of two different faculties in my mind that I need to feed. And it's not it's not like an hour doing this. It's just I know I have to do it from least five to ten minutes every single morning and each of these areas.


09;42;51;03 - 09;42;36;14

Jon & Aaron

And so knowing that I knew a couple of things well, if my morning, if I wake up too late in a rush, I won't do it. So I mean, they all wake up early and I give myself plenty of time, and that's not scheduled for other things.


09;42;35;24 - 09;42;20;04

Jon & Aaron

This is it, right? I got to tell you something. I before like drinking coffee in the morning. And I know I'm going to sit down and drink coffee, so all I'm most likely to listen to something while I'm drinking coffee.


09;42;19;28 - 09;42;06;18

Jon & Aaron

So even though I personally believe that's a little better to do the physical, it's better to listen to something and and understand it than I do it at all for me. But sometimes I'll read and and do that too.


09;42;06;02 - 09;41;50;07

Jon & Aaron

But it's tied to something I'm already doing and like. And then I can do consistently every morning and I'm going to get up every morning. I'm going to drink coffee. And at the end of the day, lectures on the database or I mean, there is this mentality of like reading is the best form of advice.


09;41;49;23 - 09;41;35;01

Jon & Aaron

If you're consuming, you're consuming it. Right, right. I know I with the same thought, which is why comment on that. But but it's interesting because as I listening to you and then reflecting on my answer, you have to have some self-awareness to know how to set these things up to succeed.


09;41;34;24 - 09;41;20;24

Jon & Aaron

Yeah. It takes self study to study yourself. You know, if you've not done a challenge before, you don't really know how to do it. Pick something that you're willing to commit to enforce function and just make it happen.


09;41;20;24 - 09;41;00;06

Jon & Aaron

No excuses. Don't do it right. Short of injury or some insane 1% reason that you have to do. And instead of getting angry at yourself as you meet the extreme points, you're going to go down. Put it to memory realities.


09;40;59;26 - 09;40;45;16

Jon & Aaron

But days of easy days are the easiest, most appealing simplest for you to successfully succeed at your goal, which days you the most difficult. It's easy to pick up some friends because one that's a great practice period throughout all the rest of your life like that.


09;40;45;07 - 09;40;33;03

Jon & Aaron

You know, I'm trying to do that now, and I always want to do that. But the other thing is like, especially if you're unequipped with what you're good at and not, and if you do that, then you're really positioning yourself to make a better.


09;40;31;17 - 09;40;15;00

Jon & Aaron

More effective gold, like you said, you've probably tried to read a lot of times, and over time you realize that the keys to success for the couple something like drink coffee at least 4:00 a.m. So we're seeing and you learn that if I do that, I'll do it.


09;40;14;13 - 09;39;57;05

Jon & Aaron

Yes, yes. I downloaded Audible. It's on my phone. It's everywhere I go. And so now I can also redeem windshield time and drive. So I drive. I'm a ways out of the city. So that's like, that's easy to assess that I'm going to go on a second 30 minutes every morning.


09;39;56;10 - 09;39;41;13

Jon & Aaron

You know, am I going to just thumb to the radio? Am I going to listen to whatever? Or can I be like, It's right here? And and it's something that initially just like jogging for the first mile. I don't really want to do it at first.


09;39;41;09 - 09;39;30;00

Jon & Aaron

Yeah, but if I commit to it for just like a minute, I'm in it and then I'll stay on it. That's easier to not change channel. That is such a such a great example. And what a fun one, right?


09;39;28;22 - 09;39;13;07

Jon & Aaron

I used to listen to music exclusively technologies kind of giving us some audible for books and podcasts and DVDs that you can get rich in content that improve you and. Man, I love that mentality, let's redeem one full time and what a great starting place.


09;39;13;07 - 09;39;00;28

Jon & Aaron

If you have no idea, if you have no idea what you can do to begin proving that you want to grow, you just know you want more. Reading your windshield time if you're listening to music every time you drive.


09;39;00;11 - 09;38;42;18

Jon & Aaron

So the goal where at least one leg of your daily drive is listening to a book or content rich like self-development, educational podcasts, right? And because I had the same experience as you, I gave up. A few years back, I gave up one of my one length of my commute.


09;38;41;18 - 09;38;30;15

Jon & Aaron

Or you wouldn't listen to music, I'd listen to a book or podcast, and over time, it's become maybe once every couple of months I listen to music and songs. They don't like music. We listen to what we try.


09;38;30;00 - 09;38;15;22

Jon & Aaron

But it's I'm so excited to get into the podcast, the books or pick up the phone and connect with someone while driving that everyday morning. That wind windshield time has become such a time of. Thought introspection, conversation quitting.


09;38;15;16 - 09;37;54;10

Jon & Aaron

Yes, that's such a great one, I'm glad it's good, I've heard I've heard in a book on habits. It was it monetized it and it was something like if you use that time to consistently listen to books or whether it's something like the equivalent by the end of the year, you'll have done the equivalent of a semester


09;37;54;10 - 09;37;37;27

Jon & Aaron

and a half of college. Now, based on like the average free time. Yeah, yeah. It adds up really quick. It really does. Yeah, it's insane. It's such a powerful tool. And, you know, looking back at the conversation. Kind of like the show, what in retrospect.


09;37;37;18 - 09;37;16;08

Jon & Aaron

Right? We walked into it with a pretty clear understanding. Our goal was to talk about how can you make things easier and the value of making some easy things are right. And we engage in that by talking about mental progressive overload, you know, making things inconvenient for deliberate purpose, when and how you can set some goals.


09;37;15;27 - 09;36;53;14

Jon & Aaron

So we succeed. And then we've offered out of our mutual funds for redeeming windshield time as a great starting place. Yeah, it's pretty good. Let's stack the stack what's easy and the processes by which you can accomplish easy things in your favor for your future self today.


09;36;53;14 - 09;36;38;26

Jon & Aaron

Start planning. How do I make it easy to do the things that I would love to have in my life on a consistent basis? Yeah, I think if we can find a way to improve 1% each day, that's a 365% improvement over year.


09;36;37;24 - 09;36;36;15

Jon & Aaron

That's next three people.

 

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