Opportunity Hopping And Habit Change

A common trait among new entrepreneurs is opportunity hopping. They jump from one business idea to another each week, and when none of their businesses amount to anything they feel discouraged.

Unfortunately, throwing everything against the wall doesn’t guarantee anything will stick. People partition their focus among a dozen ideas because they’re afraid of failure, but doing so doesn’t reduce your chance of failure, it guarantees it.

The success of a particular endeavor is grounded much more in the execution of it than the specific idea you’ve chosen. Obviously if a business idea completely sucks it won’t amount to much, but whether an idea is an “A-” or a “B+” matters very little.

How you manifest that business into reality is much more important, and you’ve got to be pretty ignorant to think your separated 10% focuses have any chance of beating even a mediocre competitor’s 100%.

Transitioning, I think you’ll observe a similar trend exists in your own growth. If you start your journey by spending a day meditating, a day exercising, a day eating healthy, and a day reading you’re probably going to experience little progress.

These are among the best things you can do for yourself, but when you try to tackle all of them at the same time you’re essentially guaranteeing failure. Changing one habit is difficult, especially when you haven’t yet built a track record of implementing change. Changing all of them simultaneously is nearly impossible.

Of course, you could argue that implementing several new habits at the same time could feed into a spiral of success. You meditate when you’re feeling down to prevent yourself from emotional eating, and by eating healthy you have energy to exercise, which gives you even more energy to work more effectively in your career.

It sounds great, and if you’d like to try this approach I’d say give it a shot. Unfortunately, I’ve found the majority of people burn out with this method of implementation before the habits stick, and begin to really feed into each other.

Overall I’d recommend trying both approaches at some point, but I’ve found most people generally find gradual implementation a method that is much more effective long-term. Like Mom always said, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

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