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What Will You Do With Your Extra Day?

Everybody has a dream, but not
everybody has a grind. – Eric Thomas

This year has 366 days, 1 more than last year and 1 more than next year. An extra day represents opportunity. It is a chance to spend a few more precious hours working toward your ends.

What will you do with your extra day this year?

Do you set goals? Do you have resolutions for the year? Will you use your extra day working to achieve those goals? Are you drifting through the start of the year with a lack of purpose that can only signify that you will sleep through your extra day? Did you already squander it on the first day of the year?

You have a choice this year. Do what you’ve always done and get what you’ve always gotten. Or do what you’ve never done to get something you have always wanted.

We aren’t often presented with opportunities to add time. This year you get an extra day. What will you do with yours?

How to Lose Your Extra Day

Sure, watch that movie now. Skip the content you were about to write. You can do it in 30 minutes. Don’t reply to your blog commenters. They don’t care. They will come back. Don’t worry about what’s happening in your industry, the Avengers need you. Garbage! That’s all garbage. You are going to waste not only your extra day but weeks like this.

Maybe you’re just not well after you partied the 31st into the early morning. You’re going to sleep through the first as you always do. You’ll get to work on Monday because that’s what everyone else is doing. You don’t need the extra day. Sure, you’ll get more done later when you are rested. Garbage again! You don’t need rest, you need to put your fingers on the keyboard and start typing.

If you’re an entrepreneur you’re going to spend this year wondering why the competition is beating you again. Go think about it on your couch for another hour while you play some Call of Duty. Don’t worry, everyone’s waiting on your extraordinary achievements. They’ll wait a little longer, right?

How to Use Your Extra Day

This post is going live at 11:59 pm on 1/1 for a very important reason. You need to refuse to waste your extra day no matter what time it is. You need to find your grind and get there. In the words of John Irving, you need to GET obsessed then you need to STAY obsessed. Do you want to lose weight this year? Move more and STOP. EATING. SHIT.

Playtime is over, folks. It’s 2016, the most important year of your life for the next 366 days. The grind will not wait for you. You need to stop hitting snooze and start hitting the books. The only way to use your extra day is to have goals and put in the work that moves you one step closer to those goals. That’s it. That’s the only way, sorry.

Maybe you want to write a book this year. Do you know how every book since the dawn of writing has been written? One word at a time. No matter how brilliant, eloquent or talented a writer you are every word that has ever been written down was written one word at a time. It’s simply IMPOSSIBLE for you to do more than that. JK Rowling can’t do more than that. Stephen King has never written more than one word at the same time. Every blog author from Seth Godin to Darren Rowse to me writing this article right now has done it word by word. You want to write a book? GRIND.

It’s like this: make a plan. Follow your plan. 

And make 2016 the best of your life.


About Matt Antonino

Matt is a marketing consultant in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches businesses to market smarter and faster through multichannel marketing including SEO & Content Marketing, SEM, Email & Social Media.

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