I heard a podcast recently about how comedian Jerry Seinfeld would set aside time everyday to write jokes for his routine. He wouldn’t focus on writing the best or the funnies jokes. His focus was simply to spend time EVERY day writing jokes. When he first started, he noticed he had strung together a chain of 3 consecutive days where he had carved out time to write jokes. In an effort to keep this trend going he set a rule for himself. It was simply, don’t break the chain.
For Jerry, the “don’t break the chain” rule ensured that he would spend some time every day writing jokes, thus causing him to focus daily on becoming better at his craft. Skipping a day was not an option.
I like that. I’ve since adopted this rule for my own pursuits to help me focus on making daily progress toward my own goals. Success rarely happens in one day. Behind the large majority of successful people you’ll find a long chain of consecutive days of consistent effort. Rarely are goals attained without such discipline.
Where in your life do you desire to see the results that come from consistent effort? Determine the answer to this question and then commit to applying effort in that direction on a daily basis. You don’t need to make huge leaps every day. In fact, just focus on showing up every day and putting forth effort that moves you closer toward your goal. Focus on not breaking the chain.
If you want to cause something to happen that is significant and meaningful, nothing will do that quicker than a long chain of consistent effort.
Don’t break the chain.