I’m re-reading, The 25-Year Framework by Dan Sullivan. It’s a short little 71-page book I love.
I plan to share my notes from it soon but today I want to focus on something that jumped out to me.
When Dan was 34 years old he went bankrupt and got divorced on the same day. He decided to treat the situation as if he were starting all over again fresh and thought to himself:
“What if you gave yourself 25 years to transform your life?”
He was 34 at the time so that would take him to 2003 when he would be 59.
Instead of putting together a big list of goals he was going to accomplish he decided to focus on a particular activity that he believed would turn everything around.
“For the next 25 years I will write down what I want.”
Here’s the reason why Dan chose to do this:
“What I wrote down wasn’t as important as the actual activity of writing down what I wanted and doing it consistently for 25 years.
I had the feeling that the constant activity of specifying what I wanted in my life was going to create an entirely new life in the opposite direction of the divorce and bankruptcy. It would involve a transformation in both my personal life and my business life.”
Dan kept this practice up every day from 1978 to 2003 (except for 12 days he missed). And his prediction proved to be true. His life was radically transformed. He’s been happily married for over 30 years and he has built the #1 coaching program in the world for successful entrepreneurs called Strategic Coach.
But what really stood out to me as I read Dan’s story is this next part:
“Over 9,000 days, over 10,000 specifications. I followed through on this practice filling journal after journal. I’ve never gone back and read anything I wrote down. It was just the activity of doing it that was important.”
That was a big “aha!” moment when I read that. It wasn’t a big list of goals that transformed his life. It was selecting a keystone habit and consistently doing it.
I don’t have the guts to commit to something for 25 years yet. But I have recently committed to the act of publishing a blog post daily for 10 years. And so when I hear those negative voices tell me that’s a stupid thing to do I can now counter that thought by remembering Dan’s story.
And what about you? Is there some daily activity you can commit to for 5, 10 or 25 years that you believe would transform your life? Take some time to meditate on this and choose the thing that excites you the most!
Then email 10 or 25 years from today and let me know how it worked out. 🙂