Thomas Jefferson is a guy whose name can cause some reaction.
Some people love him, some people hate him.
Whatever you feel about him, try and put that aside.
One of my favorite quotes of his has absolutely nothing to do with politics or economics or anything normally associated with him.
“The sun hasn’t caught me in bed for fifty years.”
Despite how you may feel about the dude, you gotta respect somebody who gets up BEFORE the crack of dawn as a matter of course.
This isn’t easy by any stretch.
One of the most difficult things to do for us modern humans is respond to our own incentives.
For example, suppose you joined the marines, and were shipped off to boot camp.
If you KNEW that waking up even one minute late would mean you and your friends running all day, waking up would be easy.
Anybody could wake up in those situations.
Or if you went away to some weight loss camp, where there was literally NO FOOD to snack on, anybody could lose weight in those situations.
These are situations that have EXTERNAL incentives.
Responding to those are AUTOMATIC.
One time I ran a 10K.
I was pretty out of shape. My goal was to run it in less than an hour, which is pretty slow.
But I was very lucky.
Because about a hundred meters behind me, for the entire race, was a group of marines.
And they were doing their marine “chant” the ENTIRE race.
It was very easy to imagine they were CHASING me, and I had to stay ahead of them.
This EXTERNAL incentive helped me achieve my goal.
The thing is though, that ANYBODY can pretty much do ANYTHING if the external incentives are strong enough.
What’s really powerful is if you can set and respond to your own internal incentives.
Getting up at the crack of dawn when nobody but you is going to know.
Sticking to your diet when nobody but you is going to know.
Hitting your financial goals when nobody but you is going to know.
Because if you CAN create and OBEY your own internal incentives, you can do ANYTHING.
Luckily, you DO have an internal guidance system.
One that you may have forgotten about.
Or worse, one that you may even think is your enemy.
In its current state, it can certainly seem like an enemy.
But if you can understand why, you can recalibrate it.
And turn it into your most loyal friend.
A friend whose support will help you create and obey any internal incentive you want.
To get anything you want.