This 20-Minute Rule May Be the Secret to a Successful Life
Our days are numbered. It may sound morose, but it's a simple fact of life! Looking on the bright side of things, it's this reality of the human condition that drives us to do the things we desperately want to do today, rather than tomorrow... to strive for our goals with a certain thirst, immediacy, and determination. If this reminder is causing you to think of all of the things you wish you could be doing or the life you wish you were leading, you're in luck. Turns out, the path toward realising your dreams may come down to a rather ingenious rule of 20 short minutes.
In an article for Business Insider, writer Thomas C. Corley develops a framework for converting those lofty pipe dreams into reality. Read on for his steps, and the 20-minute rule he avows he gleaned from the most successful and wealthy people he observed as a part of a study.
Acknowledge the dreams that may make up the picture of your ideal life and/or career.
Establish goals around each of these dreams. What would you need to accomplish? What skills would you need to amass in order to achieve them?
Create daily habits that are in service of achieving these goals and acquiring these skills.
In Corley's framework, progress is all about these daily habits, which he has termed "goal habits." According to Corley, "You hardly notice the cumulative positive effects these habits have on your life on a daily basis, but over time, they create an avalanche of success." In order to build these daily habits, Corley suggests we follow the 20-minute rule.
Here's how it works
After first defining your goal habits, you'll need to devote 20 minutes to practicing them every day. After an average of at least 30 days, Corley notes that your brain will become familiar with a particular act. That act, after 30 or so days of consistent practice, becomes habit. "At some point, between 66 and 256 days, according to the latest science on habits change, the habit becomes an automatic, unconscious behavior." That's what we want. Once that occurs, you can move on to your next goal habit.
Whether it's taking 20 minutes a day to read or listen to an educational podcast, learn a new language (or code), or to developing aspects of your passion project, these seemingly piecemeal habits ultimately combine to produce a new skill-set, passion, or lifestyle. That's one very productive step in the right direction of success and fulfillment.
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