I’ve set ambitious goals for 2024 that I fully intend to achieve:
Reach $9k in monthly revenue
Quit my job & become a full-time creator
2024 is 2 weeks from today.
Instead of waiting until January 1st to become a “new me,” I’m already working to make it happen.
The gap between where I am now and where I want to be is inconceivably great, which is something that excites me.
At the gym on Friday, I was listening to Rian Doris’ latest video. He was discussing the concept of “hysterical strength”
It’s the phenomenon where under life-or-death circumstances people showcase extreme physical strength.
When the load you bear is raised exponentially higher than your perceived limit, you are forced to adapt quickly and accordingly.
Rian explains how you can apply this concept to your mental capacity to access flow state more often.
If a task is far less challenging than your skill level, you become bored—no flow state.
If a task is too challenging for your skill level, you become anxious and stressed—no flow state.
Your flow channel is the area in which a task is just mentally stimulating and challenging enough that you can enter flow—the state where you’re incredibly engaged with work and time passes by you quickly.
However, while initially seeming counterintuitive, drastically increasing the challenge forces you to adapt quickly and widen your flow channel.
I unknowingly did exactly this back in August.
In the previous 7 months of the year, I had been incredibly inconsistent in uploading on YouTube and was going weeks or months without a single upload.
While I wanted to upload once per week, I kept telling myself I didn’t have the time and it would be too difficult.
Once I forced myself to begin uploading every Sunday, by my 3rd weekly upload I had already nailed down the process.
Today, one video a week is my baseline. I couldn’t imagine doing any less.
Going into 2024, I want to leverage this flow channel-widening “tactic” by drastically increasing my load once again.
This upcoming weekend I’m traveling, so it’s the perfect time to tighten the schedule for my next video.
I have a Friday morning flight, so will be challenging myself to have the entire video finished by that time.
Typically, I make the final touches to my edit and upload the video around 9 pm on Saturday. This gives me roughly 48 hours less to play around with.
For this week's action step, find the one area of your life you’re most looking to improve.
The overload needs to be central to a single area to be effective.
I didn’t increase my capacity at the gym AND in my business. I only focused on the area I most wanted to improve.
Challenge yourself by drastically increasing your load—write an extra blog post this week, make another YouTube video, or take on a larger coding project.
I hope the results impact you as much as they have me.
Things I’ve been working on
I’ve been using the M3 Pro 14” MacBook for the last month and just published my full review this morning. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the performance improvement I was hoping for. I’ll probably go for the Max chip next year.
Things I’ve found interesting
Another video by Rian Doris I highly recommend watching. This letter was inspired by it.
I hope you found this helpful. If you did, please share it with a friend who needs to read it.
See you next week.