Everyone says set a deadline. Be it income, women, school, the amount of hot dogs you eat, whatever. The idea is, make it fit:
“I must do [awesomazing goal] by [close cut deadline]…here’s how.”
This setup is wonderful, especially with a carrot/stick at the end. Definitely use this.
But there is a far more powerful route to setting goals that I have just discovered:
“I must do [awesomazing goal] every day. I cannot even consider quitting or lowering this until [far off deadline]…here’s how.”
For example, two of my current goals are:
- “I must sleep on the uberman schedule (2.5 hours a day) every day. I cannot even consider quitting or lowering this until the end of March…here’s how.”
- “I must approach 30 cuties every day, including the hottest girl I see. I cannot even consider quitting or lowering this until the end of May…here’s how (link on the way)”
When you remove from your reality the possibility of quitting, everything changes. It’s not that you get punished if you quit, you simply can’t quit. It’s not a thing.
This means you will either try and succeed or try and fail….which means you will improve yourself….which means you will succeed.
Now go. Do it.