I was recently coaching an individual who had a personal goal of starting an online business.
He was looking for me to provide an immediate solution to his aspirations. You could say, he wanted a magic bullet.
Frustration set in when I told him that there was not a quick path to success. Rather, reaching the goal would require traveling a long road of work and discipline.
“Where do you want to go for lunch?”
“I don’t know. Where do you want to go?”
“I don’t know. Wherever you want.”
“I don’t care.”
This conversation happens too often.
If you can’t make simple decisions, how are you going to make the tough ones?
We all know the “late rush.”
It’s not fun.
Hurrying to that next meeting. Driving too fast to an appointment. Or even doing less than your best work on a deliverable that is now overdue.
When was the last time you were early? To a meeting? With a deliverable? Or reaching a goal?
You might be wondering, “How early is early anyway?”
“If you want to change the world…”
Some great motivation and advice from Admiral McRaven. This is his recent commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin. You can also read the speech transcript here.
I often get asked for time management advice, coaching, and training.
Many of those asking often say that they don’t have time for time management.
To address that need, I am pleased to announce my new online TMN time management course.
The other day someone asked me when I have time to do all the writing and website work that I do.
I told them that I do my writing every day from 4AM–6AM.
They told me, “That’s crazy! I would never do that.”
Maybe they wouldn’t… but I would.
Is that crazy… or just productive?
You say you have big plans.
Big plans for this year. Even bigger plans for the summer. Maybe even for next weekend.
However, what is your plan for today?
You may have great ideas for tomorrow, but first you are going to have to successfully get through this day.
In your quest to be more productive, you push yourself to get more done.
More tasks. More work.
But, is all of that work actually taking you where you want to go?
Or are you so busy that you don’t know which direction your productivity is taking you?
I’ll do it someday.
A common refrain from those who procrastinate.
But, someday never comes. And at some point, all those things you said you will do never get done.
After all, when is someday?
The other day someone told me that they had a big idea.
Seeking advice and feedback from others, he was told his idea was foolish. He was told he couldn’t possibly do it. And that he would never be successful at it.
After hearing the criticism, this individual decided not to pursue the idea.
The “can’t do it” crowd was happy. They had convinced another person not to do something.
Beware listening to these naysayers, their sole objective is to convince others they can’t do things.