Number One With A Bullet

russian-roulette-e1326311237151I’m an unshakable believer in personal responsibility and that you either design your life or it will get designed for you.

One of my top 5 desert island favorite movies is 13 Tzameti. I won’t spoil it for you but the plot revolves (see why I did there) around the game of Russian Roulette. Russian roulette is a potentially lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against his head, and pulls the trigger. This is of course risk taking at its most extreme.

Have you ever woke up and instinctively reached for your phone only to see an email that had an immediate and negative impact on your mood; maybe it even shaded a greater part if not your entire day? Of course you have, we all have. Why do we do it then? Why do we play this game of emotional Russian Roulette? Some of us do this every single day.

We all know our time is the most precious commodity we have yet many people do very little to manage it, protect it or organize it. They wake up and become a human pinball, reacting to the deluge of emails, phone calls, and derisory distractions, many self-inflicted, until the day is over and they go to sleep only to get up and play this victim routine all over again.

Now think of a time when you achieved something you were proud of. Maybe you lost 15 lbs or ran a 10K. I’ll bet you had a routine and a schedule that you stuck to. You likely planned your shopping, your meals, and what workouts you were going to do and when. You may have even recruited family and friends for support. And you might chalk all that success up to willpower or focus but you’d be wrong. The single biggest impact on your success was that you had a plan, a routine, and a schedule and likely made yourself massively accountable either to yourself or others. Now did you keep the weight off? And if not, why? You certainly didn’t lose your desire to become healthier and you might have felt better about yourself than ever before.  The only thing that likely ended once you crossed the finish line was your schedule.

The truth is willpower is a myth: What gets scheduled gets done.
Your minutes and routines compound to make your day, and your days make up your years and then of course your life.
You either design your life or someone will design it for you.

Happy, healthy and successful is not an accident. It’s something that is scheduled and executed.

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