Have you ever noticed when some people try and make a change in any area of their F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance) whether it be their business, their health, their relationships, you name it, they think the way to make it happen is just simply spending more time working on “it”. Not just a little more, but piling it on. They actually think running around like a chicken with your head cut off is actually going to accomplish something. Yeah right! I’m not going to say we may not need to work harder and be more disciplined, but I think it’s more about working on our priorities and our efficiency as opposed to working on the volume and amount of time.
Don’t do more…do different…do important. Well, maybe some of us need to do more. I see a lot of people who “show up” but are not engaged in what they are doing. You know what I am talking about, the ones who stand around the water cooler all day criticizing everyone like they are the authority instead of looking in the mirror. They show up in body, but not in mind and action. It’s like their whole life is spent on the practice range but they never tee it up on the first tee. You have to GO FOR “IT” or “IT” won’t happen. Don’t mistake showing up for work, for working – a lot of people show up, but don’t do anything towards accomplishing their goals and become successful. This is a great question to consider: Using work as an example – if you owned your company, would you pay yourself what you want to make for what you do every day? Be honest.
If what you’re doing now is not getting you what you want, doing more of what you are currently doing is probably not going to get you what you want. It’s just going to make you more frustrated. You have to do different – or in some cases you just have to do something. It’s about simplifying, being consistent and actually doing it – not just thinking about it and planning on how to do it, but actually DOING IT. Create rituals and systems that are easily duplicated for the long haul. Because it is the accumulation effect of the small things over a long period of time which are going to make the biggest impact and are going to be something you will be able to maintain for a long period of time.
Check out a great video from the Stanford Graduate Business School on Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. it is pretty interesting.