I had to share this article from Creativity Post on success strategies, not the least because of one rather compelling book title.
Citing the strategy cited by a variety of successful people, the piece argues that too often we think about success in the terms of the future while ignoring the present. Yet success requires many individual steps along the way, each of which require something that is completely within your power to do: choose differently. Exercise, for example, isn't about losing those stubborn pounds, it's about what, in the moment, you will decide to do. Nothing more, nothing less.
If it helps you to get up on that bike, or to walk or run, or to swim, give yourself permission to quit before you start.
Then go. Success is what happens next:
When it comes to our actions, disorder and distraction are death. The unordered mind loses track of what’s in front of it—what matters—and gets distracted by thoughts of the future. The process is order, it keeps our perceptions in check and our actions in sync....
Getting it right from meal to meal, meeting to meeting, project to project, paycheck to paycheck, one day at a time.
That wonderful book title is The Obstacle is the Way.