E278 - Learn to create habits that set you up for success | with Kevin Palmieri
Episode 278 •
25th October 2022 • The One Big Tip Podcast with Jeff Mendelson • Everyone has that One Big Tip!
Kevin Palmieri is the co-founder, CFO, and co-host of Next Level University, a podcast on the global top 100 self-improvement podcast list. The next Level University podcast is about self-improvement and working towards a better version of yourself. Kevin works with people who are looking to transform their lives for the better and achieve visible exponential growth. How does he set people up for success? He teaches them the power of habit.
Creating positive habits is the best way to transform your life from every angle. Kevin's actionable One Big Tip that you’ll learn here is about doing 1% better every day over a long period of time. Think of it as compound interest for the betterment of your life. When you’re interested in achieving more in your personal and professional life, begin with changing your daily habits and be just a little bit better every day to see long-term results.
As a coach, Kevin first explains to his clients that success is never built overnight. We often see things that look like an overnight success, but that’s always a fallacy. Anyone successful worked for it. If you study their habits, you’ll see a pattern emerge. During the pandemic, Kevin realized that most people re-prioritized their lives. People are searching for a better work-life balance and are willing to work hard to accomplish it. Kevin capitalized on that movement and changed how he conducted his business. He moved his studio to his home, creating more time for deep work, freed up his time for non-work-related activities, and lowered his expenses, savings he passed on to his clients.
Kevin breaks everything down into goals and behaviors.
You need to zoom out and ask yourself where you want to be in 1 year, two years, or five years from now. Then reverse engineer it, and pinpoint the top 3 or five behaviors you need to practice daily to get the desired results. For example, if you’re after health or weight loss, you know you need to track your calories to ensure you’re eating in a deficit, weigh yourself daily or weekly, as that is your metric of success and exercise for a healthy heart and body. If you implement those three behaviors, you will eventually reach your goal. This is the same framework for anything you want in life. Ask yourself your plan, break it down into behaviors that will get you there, and then practice them daily. It’s daily behaviors done consistently that bring about results and change.
Kevin created the Mastery Formula as a strategy to help his clients bring about change. If you want to master something, you need to prep for it, put the work in, show up and be present. Find a metric to measure what you’re doing and then do it 1% better every day. Kevin implements this in his daily life to achieve improvement. The critical factor many people skip is having a metric in place. Without having numbers to reference to help you gauge your progress, it’s easy to feel like you're not getting anywhere. That’s because emotions and feelings can lie or fool you into believing something that isn’t true. The bonus of having a metric is seeing how far you’ve come. You can have that internal conversation and see how you’ve consistently done five behaviors for months but realize you still have room for improvement. It’s challenging to know what you are gaining in any aspect of your life if you don’t use a metric to track it.
To make life changes, you must be willing to put in the work. Once you understand that we are a culmination of our daily habits and have a metric in place to measure results and progress, you see the magic happen.
In this episode:
[2:45] Kevin talks about his background.
To be successful, you need to put the work in. It doesn’t happen overnight.
It’s good to have someone who can hold you accountable for your commitments.
[6:57] Success is not always measured by financial achievements
Don’t be afraid to veer off the expected path.
Always follow your passions and think of monetizing them later.
[9:45] Every business was impacted by the Pandemic
Sometimes, you need to slow down to gain momentum.
Figure out the two or three most important things you want in your life and create a game plan to achieve them
[14:10] Good habits often lead to productivity
Use habit stacking to be more efficient with your time.
The more you do one thing, the better you get at it. Aim for 1% better every time you do that activity.
Gains are cumulative.
[19:23] Without a metric, no matter what you do or how often you do it, it will be challenging to realize results.
You need to measure the habits daily. If you rely on emotions, you won’t see accurate results.
The more often you do something, the better you get at it.
Ask yourself what two things you want to accomplish. Lay out the steps and start to do those behaviors daily. If done with consistency, results are inevitable.