Priming yourself for optimal performance prior to commencing a task is an essential component of success. (Yes I demolished the burger)
When you care about the task, and place value on the outcome you should take a moment to get yourself prepared.
Before beginning work on the task ensure that it falls into your 20% of tasks that are responsible for 80% of your results (following the Pareto principle).
Once you have confirmed this, make a quick plan for the tasks completion. Think about how to do the task efficiently. Review resource requirements and bottlenecks – see yourself completing the task in your mind, scanning through the necessary steps.
If you are motivated to complete the task, and have oriented yourself, you should now be primed. There is although one more crucial step; the mindset.
To improve your chances of success – approach your task with the following mindset.
- I will do this task with 100% effort. I won’t get distracted.
- I can only be defeated if I die or give up, and I will not give up.
- If you cant commit to #1 & #2, don’t even bother trying. You are wasting your time.
Summarise this simply to yourself as: Do, Die, Don’t even try. Say it before you commence. Say it when the task gets hard. Say it until you don’t even need to say it anymore but you just know it.
(Credit to the book “Sorted!: The Good Psychopath’s Guide to Bossing Your Life” by Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton)