#ALB54 - Routine Machine
This episode is a little different from the norm - it’s a LIVE reading (complete with some stumbles) of a few chapters from John Lamerton’s latest book on habits and routines - Routine Machine.
Last August John was on holiday in sunny Corfu with his family, whilst there he started plotting out some notes, he did this with a view to writing a potential second book, a follow up to the successful Big Ideas... for Small Businesses.
John famously said he was never writing again, he was NEVER doing a second book, but four or five pages of notes later it became apparent that he was in fact going to be writing a second book. This podcast takes a look at his new book, Routine Machine, which is available from the 11th July 2019.
The power of routine, not just a morning routine but successful strategies and daily habits to make you more successful. It is written primarily for small business owners - if Big Ideas... for Small Businesses was about focus, doing the right thing, choosing the right thing to focus on, then Routine Machine is about doing the right thing consistently, every time, habitually….. ROUTINELY!
John earned £13.51 in his first nine months in business.
Nine months later, he quit his job. Nine months after that, he was earning over £100k a year.
Warren Buffett bought his first stock in 1941, he was a millionaire by 1960 and surpassed the $1 billion mark in 1986.
$19 billion of his $86 billion-dollar fortune has been made in the last 2 years.
It’s going to be a while before you see any feedback or results from any changes you make now.
When John replaced his go-to lunch of beans on toast with a healthy green juice, he saw absolutely no effect on the first day, or the second, or the third, but 30 days later he could see a difference. A year later and he looked like a different person. There is always a delay between the routine change and the feedback, that is perfectly normal and to be expected.
John and Jason discuss why expecting instant rewards just doesn’t work.
There is always a delay between the action and the result. That concept can also work on a negative point too - one KFC now and then isn’t going to make a huge difference, but a KFC a few times a week might, and a KFC every day almost certainly will.
“Remember, you are the compound effect of every decision you have ever made and every action you have ever taken. The little habits and routines that on their own seem so small and insignificant, when rolled down the hill of time, yield massive snowballs”.
'If you want new results, you need new routines, but they've got to work for you. copying someone else just isn't going to help in the slightest. The routine doesn't matter what matters is that you have a routine'.
"When I replaced my go to lunch of beans on toast with a healthy green juice, I saw absolutely no effect on the first day, or the second, or third. But 30 days later, I could see.a difference, a year later I looked like a different person. There is always a delay between the routine change and the feedback, that is perfectly normal and to be expected".
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