Most who read this post have heard of the inventory accounting methods, FIFO and LIFO.
FIFO stands for first-in, first-out, meaning that the oldest inventory items are recorded as sold first but do not necessarily mean that the exact oldest physical object has been tracked and sold.
LIFO stands for last-in, first-out, meaning that the most recently produced items are recorded as sold first.
Pretending for a second that we, as human beings, are inventory. Which of these methods would help us become the most successful at what we do?
FIFO: first one in the weight room/office building/practice field is great, but always being the first one OUT isn't.
LIFO: last one in the weight room/office building/practice field while also being the first one out is even worse.
The answer? Neither. Which is why I propose a new inventory accounting method to use in your life:
"FILO" - first in, last out
What does it take to be successful? FILO. Being the first one in the weight room/office building/practice field as well as being the last one to leave. We all know the guy who is already dressed for practice, or already returning emails in the morning when you arrive to work. We also know the guy who stays after practice to get some extra shots up, or is still finalizing a budget report after the office has closed.
But do you know a person that is always BOTH of these? I'm willing to bet that if you do know of one, he or she is probably very successful at what they do.
If being successful was easy, everyone would do it. It takes something extra. Extra work before. Extra work after. Extra work both before and after.
My challenge to you is to become "that person" that arrives early and stays late. FILO. You'll be surprised at how much more work you can accomplish.
Make it happen.