The 40 Hour Work Week Delusion

Habit Daddy

Since the late 1800’s, there has been a huge movement to confine the American work week to 40 hours. This certainly served it’s purpose, as many companies were clearly taking advantage of the labor force during the Industrial period. This is not an article about the socio-economic impact of a 40 hour work week though. This is an article about the un-anticipated side-effects of regulations like this.

Through several generations of this programming, we’ve trained our brains to count on and expect our dreams to come true within a 40 hour week. Without consciously making the decision, we’ve come to trust that by working hard, either for ourselves or for others, for  40-50 hours a week. We invest our time at a J-O-B, and then come home and inadvertently turn off our brains with TV, video games, cleaning house, or some other mind escape. But, this is not how dreams come true. Building a dream life, accomplishing goals is hard work, well beyond 40 hours. And, it’s worth it.

Simply working your job and then checking out isn’t going to cut it. There is work to be done, either on yourself, your art, your passion, or your business. Always. There is no easy, or cover-all system to get & stay on track. It’s a very personal experience. Luckily, there are thousands of books already written on the topics, but here’s a good system I advocate:

  1. Have a very specific vision about what you want, where you’re going, who you want to be, and, most importantly, WHY you want it.
  2. Take inventory about where you’re at right now versus your new vision and where you want to go. Analyze this gap between the two.
  3. Mind Map the Gap and figure out what needs to happen to get you there. Start big and work backwards until you get small action steps that you can take every single day.  This is reverse-engineering your dreams for success.
  4. Schedule these steps into your day. If it means waking up an hour, or even two hours earlier, than do it. You can live the life of your dreams through habits and routines. Your future self will thank you.
  5. Stick to it. Taking consistent action over an extended period of time will give you MASSIVE results.

Other considerations; Cancel your cable and cut back on your TV/Movies/Video Games; Incorporate some sort of physical activity into your day; Mind your diet, stay energized, and consider supplements to keep you focused and enthusiastic; Turn your car into a driving university-turn off your radio and listen to audio books instead.

100 Hours. That’s the average amount of time I spend building my businesses, and creating myself, each and every week. It may seem like a lot, but it really doesn’t even feel like enough yet. Because my days are scheduled, and I have taken back control of my agenda, my 100 hours includes reading, physical activity, play, business development, relationship building, sales calls, social media, networking events, personal events, and so much more-all credited and categorized as part of my personal development plan. Every night I sleep easily, and with more confidence than I ever have because I know that each morning, before most people wake up, I have taken MASSIVE action towards my dreams.

I urge you to escape the 40 hour work week delusion. Nobody out “there” is going to ensure your success. We’ve been trained to think that all we want in life comes in 40 hours a week. It doesn’t. So put the time in now. Your ship doesn’t come in without a signal, a beacon, or maybe even a long swim. You have to be willing to stand up for your greatness and do the work it takes to get it. Take massive action today. Become part of the 1% that makes shit happen.



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