Inside the Mind of Ed Mylett: Staying on Track

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You can’t control the outcome of goals because there are too many external factors you don’t control. You and your team can execute perfectly, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the results you want.

Instead, you must focus on standards and habits. You fully control these, and when they are developed and executed correctly, with intention and consistency, that will lead you to better outcomes. The secret is to make your standards and habits challenging enough so that you maintain interest and they advance you toward your desired outcomes.

Measuring and Defining Impact 

You measure impact in two ways: on an analytical level and an emotional level. Data will always tell you in black and white if you’re having an impact. Are your sales numbers up? Is the number of strokes going down in your golf game? Are you feeling stronger because you can now run 10 miles a day and added 50 pounds to your bench press since you started lifting weights?

“When you truly have love in an environment, respect follows.”

Impact also has an emotional component. To measure this, you need to listen. Talk to your customers, family, friends, and business associates who are on the front lines and can give you anecdotal feedback in a way that data cannot. Defining impact in both of these areas also depends on you deciding up front what’s important and what is not. Decide early what you want to achieve and then consistently track relevant progress measured against those metrics you’ve created.

The Greatest Challenge 

The greatest challenge real leaders face is effective time management. Unlike money, time is the only non-replenishable resource we have. You can always make more money, but once a moment, hour, or a day is gone, it’s gone forever.

That means you must be unmerciful when it comes to allocating your time. Do not allow time thieves into your life, and cut out any existing bandits already in your life.

Also, approach your day with urgency. One of the ways I do this is by dividing my day into three smaller days, giving me 21 days a week. When I know the end of the day is closer, I squeeze all the unnecessary things out and focus completely on doing the things that matter. The notion of a single 24-hour day is outdated. The speed at which the world moves now demands you rethink your days as I have.

Ed Mylett is one of the fastest-growing business personalities in the history of social media, he is also one of the top business leader and peak performance experts in the world. He hosts the No. 1-rated business podcast, “The Ed Mylett Show,” and the online series “Change with Ed Mylett.” He is the bestselling author of inspirational books with an online audience of over 3 million followers and donates regularly to a variety of charities.

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