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It’s 2:23 am and I’m still working


My mentor, who was CEO of a multi-billion dollar company, told me that he would always end the day on a win.

It’s good for your mental health.

Like when you’re playing basketball, don’t just leave the court when you’re tired.
Stay a couple more minutes to make sure you end on a good note and make your last shot.

Or maybe you’re stressed out at work. Don’t just leave at 5 pm or when the clock is up.
Stay a few more minutes if you need to, completing the project, so you walk out with confidence.

When you make finishing on a win your regular habit, you’ll find that everything becomes easier.
You don’t spend time frozen in fear, overwhelmed by how much work there is to do, or otherwise unproductive.

When I track cross country at Southern Methodist University, the team ran 100 miles per week.
If you’re a runner, you know that means you’re often running twice a day to get in the mileage.

But who wants to wake up at 5:30 am when it’s still dark outside and cold?
I’d rather catch a couple hours more sleep, snug under my warm covers.

My coach taught me a neat trick to overcome this– to be able to pop out of bed every morning.
What you do is tell yourself that you need only put on your running shoes, step outside, and go 100 meters.

After 100 meters, you can turn around and go back home– go back to sleep with no guilt.

And in the hundreds of times that I’ve used that technique to get out of bed, not once have I turned back.
Because by the time I’m outside and moving, I get more energy and can continue the rest of the workout.

But if I were deal with the psychological burden of waking up and then having to run 6 miles– I’d not want to leave my bed.

So now you know my tricks on how to end well and how to begin task with no fear.
Always take one more shot to end on a good note.
And tell yourself that you need only start– just to get momentum.

Have you tried this?

P.S.- If you’re wondering about the title, I started this post at 2:23 am and now it’s 2:37 am.
So I spent 12 minutes on this article.

My buddy, Arshdeep, wanted me to contribute a post to Stannals by January 3rd.
I could have procrastinated, set a reminder, or totally blown it off.

But instead, I went ahead and took action.
I said to myself that I need to only get started– to write 2 sentences, and then I could stop.

And like the cross-country example, once I started, I found enough momentum to finish.
Going from no motion to barely moving is all you need to find success.

Written by Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is the Chief Technology Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company which partners with schools to train young adults.

Dennis’s program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like the Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.

He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit.

Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CBS Evening News and is co-author of Facebook Nation – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities.

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  1. I’ve never used this tactic to go out for a run but I have used it when outside already. Just 100 more metres, and then another 100. It’s amazing how quickly it adds up to a full run.

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