This blog was originally an answer to a question on Quora.
The simplest and mose difficult goal I have found most worthy to pursue in life is to merely: get better.
Perfection is not the goal. Improvement is the goal.
Simply trying to get 1% better. I stole this idea from James Altucher, as I have stolen many ideas from him. But this one has had the biggest impact on me.
I have adapted it to my own life as such:
True Success is Balance. For me, this means Health, Wealth, Happiness.
So I try to get 1% better each week in each of these 3 areas.
What makes me healthy? Easy answer is eating better and exercising more. Trying to lose 10 pounds in one week is dumb and not healthy. But making one or two better health decisions every single day is easy and achievable. Take the stairs. Walk instead of drive. Eat this not that.What kind of results would you see after one year? IMMENSE Results!
Budgeting sucks. Nobody does it. Even financial planners. But instead of focusing on the outgoing money, I focus on my incoming money. How can I grow it, increase it? Can I perfect my craft or learn a new one to improve my earning potential?
Again, just 1% each week is the goal. Sometimes its much more and thats great! But if you try to hit these higher and higher numbers it becomes daunting and unmanageable. 1% a week is not.
I spent a decade building multiple companies with the sole purpose of MORE. I wanted more. I wanted more money, more income, more savings, more assets, more stuff, just more. During this time I got married and had 2 children, and all I want now is more TIME. Time with them, but also time with myself. I know without a doubt now that true success is balance. The more I focused on just income, the more health and happiness suffered.
For me, happiness means a round of golf a few times a month with friends. It means regularly doing hot yoga and meditation (also health!!)
And it also means finding personal goals to pursue. I love learning. Finding new things to learn or new things to improve on that may have nothing to do with health or wealth is still important for the soul.
Balance= Health, wealth and happiness. 1% better each week.
I have only been following this mantra for 6 months. I lost about 20-25 pounds. I wake up early in the morning and follow Hal Elrod's "SAVERS" from this book: Amazon.com: miracle morning
Journaling and meditating have changed my life. And losing this weight has meant more to the people around me than to myself for this reason:
When I have balance of health, wealth and happiness I am a much better person. I am a better husband, father, friend, boss, board member, brother, son. Everything.
The healthy me is more productive than the unhealthy me.
The wealthy me is a more charitable than the broke me.
The happy me is simply better to be around than the unhappy me.
Sometimes I am out of balance. So I try to improve.
Perfection is not the goal. Improvement is the goal. 1% at a time.
Perfection is impossible. Improvement is attainable. Every day.