I HAD A REAL INSIGHT THIS WEEK THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU. IT IS ON THE POWER OF EFFECTIVE ACTION.
You hear it all the time “what you think about you become” but the example given was always something like below.
“If you ask yourself why your life sucks you are going to find the answer. If you ask yourself how can I make this better you are going to find the answer”. The problem for me is I rarely think of my life as “bad”. There’s always a gem in there for me. I always find a way to turn a bad situation into a good one. In fact, I rarely blame my life on anything thing external.
However the other day, I did something a little bit different. I asked myself what do I always think about (since it wasn’t negative things). It occured to me that all I think about is what I am doing, which is fine but I’m always DOING something. I don’t rest, I don’t stop thinking about how I can do more in less time. I realised if I think about what I am doing, I will find something to DO.
So I switched my thoughts to “what am I creating?”. I decided to only act on things that I want to create in my life. If I have a long term plan to create a school of learning then ALL my efforts should be directed toward that (at least the majority). Everything else would just have to wait.
DO LESS, ACHIEVE MORE
Here is what happened. I STOPPED doing daily things and ONLY did things that were heading toward my goal. Guess what? I achieved probably TWICE AS MUCH output but actually did ABOUT 20% LESS activity. How does that work? I only worked on things that mattered. I FOCUSED. All the things that I used to do that I thought that mattered, didn’t. I spent less time doing “stuff” and more time doing the RIGHT STUFF.
This one small thing has transformed my life.
Here’s something else that’s cool. The moment I did that more paying customers arrived at my doorstep. It’s no co-incidence. I have interacted with some of them before but more of them committed to working with me. At the same time I found this relevant and related article – http://thefuturebuzz.com/2009/07/13/focus-or-fail/
Give it a go. Let me know the result.