The $3,678,343.67 Jackpot
We covered a lot of ground in Part 1: Gambling, Superstitions, Probability, Winning, Micro Changes, Marginal Gains, Inconsistency, Equations, and What Can Happen in One Short Year. We ran the numbers, and we realized that it’s possible to turn $100k into $3.6M in a year.
That’s the power of consistency, a 1% improvement is enough to accomplish amazing things. So, now let’s figure out how.
What bets would you make if you knew for sure that each year would get exponentially better, more delicious, the returns higher and more magnificent?
Would you keep going after your dreams, keep investing in yourself, keep layering on goals and strategies to maximize your opportunities? Would you bet on yourself?
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I would. If I knew I could orchestrate one extraordinary year, and then leverage it to turn one good year into many good years, I’d do that, because YOLO.
One good year can open the door to everything getting better, which can open the door to the next level, open the door to improvements and upgrades and enhancements, and so on — an elevator straight to the top.
It’s rarely one defining moment that sets in all in motion, but rather a gradual progression that leads to an incredible life. And consistent effort and elevated ideas are the force multipliers.
So let’s master consistency. There are four ways to approach it.
1. Consistency for Wellbeing
The first way to create consistently for wellbeing is to embrace an early morning routine. I know! So over-hyped. You are probably tired of hearing about it, but morning routines work for many reasons, which is why coaches like me can’t let it go.
Among the most important benefits of an early morning routine is that it creates space for yourself, for your ideas, for your intuition and instinct to come forward. When you start each morning fresh and tap into your inner wisdom, you uncover what is below the surface, and you are a deep, deep well of knowledge and good.
You can create time by being in the zone, dialed into your best work. You can bridge what’s in your head and heart with what you put on paper or into your project. It eliminates all the half-assed low-commitment stuff. And you foster balance and fulfillment by meeting your own needs first, which gives you the presence and joy to engage with others from a full cup.
To maximize your morning routine, create before you consume. It keeps you from getting sucked into comparison mode. When you are clear about what you are creating, who it’s for, and why you are doing it, and, you aren’t overly influenced by what others are doing, the quality improves, your productivity improves, and your self-confidence grows too.
When you check out the competition, be sure to curate your influences to stay positive, hopeful, and avoid temptation. If negativity, fear, or despair take up space in your head, (inbox, schedule, television, home, or life), you will struggle with consistency.
Remember what we said about the wild card third baseman? Your odds are your odds, until you let someone else mess up your game. If you let what isn’t good for you in your life, others can influence or even dictate the outcome. Don’t give away your power.
2. Consistency for Latitude
Latitude is the freedom or authorization to move or act. It’s the quality of being open-minded. It’s a chance for progress or profit. Funnily enough, consistency can feel like monotony or discipline, but it can actually create room.
In the same way that consistency contributes to wellbeing, it boosts expansiveness. Not just in the way we explained above, by claiming room to breathe or process our thoughts, but in an actual enlargement of possibility and greater results.
See, when we focus on what matters, while limiting distractions, and choosing higher quality beliefs, thoughts, and activities, our time, money, and resources expand. Imagine that, more time, more money, and more resources. You’d be unstoppable.
When we aren’t grinding, hustling, playing catching up, or operating from a deficit, we are unrestricted. We have the license to wiggle and breath and stretch and grow and indulge in the good life.
One effective way to improve our odds is to schedule consistency and automate logistics. For example, when you first start posting on social media for business, it feels fun. Slowly, but surely, you find an audience, grow your followers, and develop a point of view. Then, it starts feeling like work, the posts seem to come closer together, you have a responsibility to your audience, and suddenly have another line item on your to-do list.
Each aspect of our life or business has this quality, to grow where we focus our time and energy, but we don’t always know where the growth will lead, whether it will pay off, or if it’s truly aligned with our destination.
Sometimes, it’s easy to distinguish what’s right for us, but often it’s not a choice between good and bad, often it’s a choice between good and good. When that happens, we have to let go of something we like to double-down on something that we love.
In the social example, it may mean limiting your presence to one or two platforms, automating your posts, or hiring a VA. But we don’t know until we know what will hit, what works for us, or where it’s leading.
And there’s often emotional energy around evaluating our choices. See, consistency isn’t just deciding and doing; it’s committing and recommitting again and again and again. You can make consistency easier on yourself by taking the choice and the emotion out of it.
Are you a writer or not? Then write. Are you a coach or not? Then coach. Are you married or not? Then commit. Your identity plays an enormous role in the outcome. How you see yourself, what you call yourself matters.
Do the thing because it’s who you are. Believe the title fits, then prioritize it, automating as much as possible, and making it as emotionally neutral as brushing your teeth — just a part of daily life.
Identity work is seeing yourself as the person you want to become. It’s creating the physical, digital, mental, emotional, and spiritual space for transformation.
Once you’ve decided who you are, you can behave in accordance with how that person, your future self, would act. It’s the shortest distance between who you are and who you want to be, because your future self knows exactly what it takes to get there.
3. Consistency for Possibility
To improve our odds, we must know the rules of the game we are playing. That can come from ourselves, experience, others, books, mentors, coaches, or masterminds. But beyond that, experiment. Try stuff. See what you like, what works, what you’re well suited to, and where you quickly gain traction.
Then, develop a system, stay in your lane, double-down on what’s working, and become a pro. If you are an expert or aspire to be, beyond the knowledge or the practice is how you promote your work and spread your ideas. So, choose your platform — do you prefer to write, podcast, or make videos?
If you’re here, you’re most likely a writer (and a reader). If writing comes easily to you, go for it. Write and publish, but only if it lights you up or gives you a perverse pleasure to overcome the blank page. Do you love outlining posts, sifting through headlines, collecting quotes and insights? Do you want to study the craft? Could you read all day long? Yep, you’re in the right place.
Once you’ve found your medium (wink), then become prolific, be a connoisseur of the platform, or both. It takes time to become a pro, but who cares how long it takes if you love it along the way and are clear about the payoff?
Then when you can see that it’s working, and you’ve acquired a bit of success, take calculated risks — be bolder. Write more often, say it the way you’d say it to your friends, swerve out of your lane a bit more, or layer on a new goal. Just don’t lose sight of what’s working and don’t break your streak.
It seems impossible, but once you get momentum going, it snowballs and starts to take on a life of its own, and it becomes easier to take more on. Because even though you’ll be doing more things and have more opportunities, momentum will be on your side. That said, know your limits, know your values, hold fast to your boundaries — It is not a race.
4. Consistency for Values
Consistency creates trust, confidence, and sets up expectation. We talked about this in the first part, but the key is to embrace that you are who you say you are, so offer up your best version. Most people will take you at your word and give you the benefit of the doubt.
We start from this incredible position of power, of being able to inhabit the shoes of the person we want to become, of getting to choose how to live our best life, and our only job is to embody it, to do the work, and make it happen.
We start from trust. We start with confidence. We set the tone. So, in a counterintuitive way, it’s not about getting the experience, taking the classes, being credentialed, or earning our seat at the table. It’s very different than it used to be, and that’s where the integrity comes in — it’s delivering on our promise.
And speaking of values, many of you are parents. Consistency isn’t just about accomplishing more or dreaming bigger. It’s about creating a foundation of success for your family. The foundational years set the tone.
Think about it in terms of education. If you learn reading, writing, math, typing, and quality of thinking early in your academic career, it sets you up for future success. You layer virtually any subject or lesson on top of that strong foundation.
But it works with relationships and self-worth and outlook too. When parents first bring baby home from the hospital, those early days and weeks are everything. They establish an unbreakable bond of trust and affection and in fact, the first four to five years influence a baby’s physical and cognitive development for life.
Baby learns who her people are, what she can and can’t trust about the world, what vulnerability, intimacy, and empowerment mean as she grows. How the parents show up over time and live their values models what’s possible. Consistency is the secret sauce.
But the rule applies virtually everywhere — the first few years in a new venture matter for years and years to come. It’s true of our marriages, our jobs, our businesses, our families, our health, and our worldviews. The takeaway is to start strong, trust the good, invest, reinvest, and keep going. Enjoy what you are creating, watch it blossom, watch it grow, get excited about what it means, and anticipate the payoff.