Santino Dummett on Self developmentI teach business and startups for free!Some time ago
3/3 on ACCOUNTABILITY, the tool that guarantees you stay productive long-term We have learned that the five stages I invented for accountability are Action, Motivation, Pressure, Implementation, Punishment. I realised yesterday this can be remembered as AMPIP! We have also learned that there are two keys to getting it right: 1) the implementation and punishment do not require motivation from you, otherwise they will fail to guarantee to hold you accountable 2) the implementation and punishment must be enforced without fail, otherwise it is not accountability One bad and good example of AMPIP in a business setting: Bad example: working 2 hours every evening on a side business, after work 1 (action): i want to work for 2 hours every evening after work on a side business 2 (motivation): i will be tired and avoiding this, so i will need a very high accountability to succeed in sticking to it 3 (pressure): i love going on a late night run before bed 4 (implementation): i will not go on my run until i have done my two hours of working every evening 5 (punishment): as well as missing the run, I will not take my partner to dinner on a Saturday if I miss any day in the week Why is this plan doomed to fail? Two reasons! -Step 4 requires motivation to say no to the late night run every night! Therefore it will (sooner or later) fail. The accountability needs to require no motivation -Step 5 requires motivation but ALSO acts as a punishment for your partner, which means they will do their best to pressure you into breaking your own accountability. This is the opposite of an enforced accountability because the partner will be urging you to break it Good example: working 2 hours every evening on a side business after work 1 (action): i want to work for 2 hours every evening after work on a side business 2 (motivation): i will be tired and avoiding this, so i will need a very high accountability to succeed in sticking to it 3 (pressure): my partner is an incredible chef and I can’t wait for dinner every night 4 (implementation): if I fail to work the 2 hours, the next night I only get soup for dinner instead of a great cooked meal as usual 5 (punishment): if I miss more than one 2 hour evening per week, I don’t get any cooking from my partner for the entire weekend as well as the next night This is far more likely to succeed because the implementation and punishment require not motivation to stick to (because they aren’t the ones doing the cooking), and are enforcable permanently (as long as the partner sticks to the cooking). Unless the motivation required to do the two hours work is higher than the motivation required to avoid the implementation and punishment, then the 2 hours will be done regularly, or hopefully always. So this is the key to accountability: -it must use a ‘pressure’ that gives you greater motivation to do your action than the motivation the action requires -it must be enforcable and not require willpower to stick to the implementation or punishment In my experience being the accountability holder for somebody else, and that person being the accountability holder for you, works very well! There is no risk of not enforcing, because the other person holds the power and not you. But any way that the two points above are met (pressure must be higher than the resistance to action, and it must be enforcable) means your accountability will succeed! Let me know your thoughts! It took me many years of irregular action and struggling to self motivate to come up with this process for accountability, so please use it to help your own progress!
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When you read a non-fiction book, do you remember it? I love reading development books (Atomic Habits, How to Win Friends, etc) but I would only remember perhaps four or five key points afterwards, even if I really enjoyed the book I wanted to not only remember more of it, but also maximise my use of the book in my life. I tried starting a reading club, which fizzled out. I tried a podcast with a friend, which we became too busy to do regularly. In the end, I have settled on a good solution: -read a chapter -go back through the chapter and write down the main points (as if you were going to give a podcast on the chapter after) -at the end of the book, once you have notes for each chapter, go through them and write ten essential points for the entire book and five great quotes -add these fifteen things to a ‘development book’ that you refer to regularly -use these fifteen things to come up with 2-5 actionable things you will do every day/ week/ month/ time you do ‘x’ activity, based off this -write these 2-5 things in an ‘action’ section of your development book, as well as adding them to your daily/ weekly/ monthly routines as required The difference this makes is immense- reading the book takes twice as long (or more), but the takeaway from the book and impact in your life is ten times the size. Try it and see how it goes!

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Santino Dummett on Self developmentI teach business and startups for free!Some time ago
3/4 introducing my ‘hurdles race’ method for eliminating self-sabotage that comes from FEAR OF SUCCESS. This method also cures many aspects of fear of failure, because it works by addressing the fear of the unknown of our subconscious mind, which is the cause of the self-sabotage (this was covered in parts 1 and 2) So the hurdles race method is an analogy based on an athlete in a hurdles race. They have four STEPS between each hurdle, and they have several HURDLES to clear. If we imagine we are partially blindfolded and we can only see the step we are on, we will be afraid to take a single step, and never go forward. If we are a bit less blindfolded and can see one step in front of us, we will move forward very carefully. If we can see some more, and see all the way to our next hurdle, we can safely take our steps towards this hurdle. BUT we will be afraid to make the jump over the hurdle, because we don’t see what is on the other side! This is exactly how our subconscious brain works. The less it knows about the future, the more hesitant it is. If you have multiple medium sized goals to hit a big goal, this is like the steps (medium goals) and the hurdle (big goal). But if you notice, it is not hitting the goal that we are scared of in our hurdles race, and it is not hitting the goal that our subconscious is afraid of. Read again, and you will see that it is not knowing what is BEYOND that goal that makes us scared of achieving the goal. So the reason you are self-sabotaging and not hitting your medium goals is not because you are afraid of hitting the next goal, it is because you are afraid of the goal after. If you are hitting your medium goals but never clearing that big hurdle goal, it is because you are afraid of what comes after that! In part 4, we will look at how to implement the solution to this, why it works, and use the hurdles race metaphor to cure our self-sabotaging fear of success to allow us to progress comfortably If you have any thoughts, comments or questions let me know!
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Part 4/4 on the FEAR OF SUCCESS, why it sabotages you and how to implement a strategy that successfully mitigates it So we have learned that our subconscious mind sabotages our productivity when it is afraid of the unknown, and fear of success is simply a fear of the unknown life that comes with success. Our mind would rather us stay in our comfortable life than achieve a new successful one. The fear of the unknown is also a considerable factor in the fear of failure, too. We learned that the solution follows the ‘hurdles race’ metaphor, so if you are partly blindfolded and can only see one step in front of you, you will not take a step (because you cannot see where it goes). If you are a bit less blindfolded and can see all the way up to the next hurdle in your race, you can safely hit the steps up to that hurdle but will never clear the hurdle because of the big jump into the unknown after the hurdle. So this bring us to part 4, which is how to use this metaphor to overcome it! Following the metaphor, what we need to do when we are on the first step before a hurdle (there are multiple steps until the hurdle) is to be looking at the upcoming hurdle. But once we are moving towards that hurdle, we no longer look at that hurdle. We actually look at the next hurdle after it! Similarly, when we have multiple medium goals to hit we need to be focusing on the upcoming big goal, but as soon as we are moving towards that big goal we MUST start focusing on the next big goal after that one. This is vital because as you do it, your subconscious is adjusting to the assumption that this is what your life will be. It familiarises itself with your current goals, assumes you will hit them, explores what your life will be like, and comes to terms with it. This familiarisation can only happen when you have already begun seriously focusing on the next goal after it. Especially for clearing a hurdle (a big milestone) you absolutely must have a very clear view of what lies on the other side, in detail. So this is the solution! Plan, in detail, all of your medium steps up to a big goal (for example all the steps up to the point where w business would get premises or employ people or some other big change). But once you are moving towards this, you must focus in detail on the next big goal after it (for example buying delivery vans to bring your logistics in-house, or buying bigger property for more employees). Planning this will familiarise your subconscious with the concept of what your life will be like after the success of your upcoming goals, and this removes the fear of the unknown which causes you to self-sabotage your productivity. So to conclude: plan up to the first major goal/ major change in your life before you begin. Once you begin, plan in detail the steps up to and beyond the next major goal/ change in order to truly familiarise your upcoming life changes to your subconscious. The self sabotaging behaviours that come from a fear of the unknown will disappear, and you can comfortably progress in your aims I hope this was helpful! If you have any comments, questions or insights please let me know!

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Santino DummettI teach business and startups for free!
Great comment ! I think a huge amount if fear of failure, or possibly all of it if you go deep enough, is also projection. What if I don’t succeed, what if people laugh at me, what if I lose money, what if it wastes my time... the list goes on! Ultimately I think if people can successfully address what they are falsely projecting and why, then anybody can become consistently productive. And once you can do that, you can succeed at a huge number of things. The ‘why’ somebody is projecting I think is important because you can’t change it unless you know where it came from (someone might be afraid of being laughed at for failing because they were ridiculed for it as a child, perhaps). Would you agree? Again thanks for the comment!
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