A Doctor Reveals The Secret
Turn your head and cough.
Yeah, it was that magical time, once again, with my doctor. A few years ago, I had just turned 40, and I needed to go in for a physical evaluation, just to make sure everything in my body was still up to factory specs.
As he and I were sitting in the examination room going through my medical history, he told me I was a boring patient.
I was like, “Geez, thanks a lot, doc.”
Fortunately, he meant it as a compliment.
He told me that in the medical profession he loves boring patients – individuals who are proactively taking care of themselves physically and not engaging in risky behaviors.
I said, “Yup, that’s me. I’m about as vanilla as they come.”
Boring Means Successful
The more I have thought about my doctor’s statement, though, the more I have considered the importance of this as a life philosophy.
I also started thinking about successful people and their daily routines and rituals.
The successful people I know are extremely disciplined, proactive, routine-driven, and not given over to “cray cray.”
Yeah, there are a few exceptions to the rule such as successful, business people types who “party like it’s 1999” and can (sort of) keep their life stuff together, but that’s pretty rare.
The Success Habits Of The Boring
The successful boring people out there have several boring habits.
Maybe that’s a big part of why they are successful.
They wake up early. They engage in personal quiet time, prayer, or meditation. They journal. They write down and review their goals on a regular basis. They focus on two or three important tasks a day that only they can accomplish that will move their career or business forward. They work on the hardest projects, first. They fight hard against procrastination.
They delegate additional activities to others in order to stay focused on their vital few. They eat right. They exercise. They stay on top of their personal finances. They and their spouses are on the same page when it comes to business, finances, and their family. They enjoy spending time with their spouses and children.
They invest all of their time and energy into activities and processes that make a difference.
Now, how corny and square are all these activities? The majority of people on planet earth probably laugh at these type of people and call them “nerds.”
To the successful, though, these activities aren’t boring. They’re actually exciting.
So, if boring works so amazingly well, why aren’t more of us this boring?
Questions: Are you boring and successful in life? If so, what boring activities do you engage in that you would give credit for your success?