Reading Tom Peter's blog last night:
- he makes the great point - through the idea that you are your to do list - more specifically, your are the do list of that morning, and you had better have no more than 4 things on it and 4 things that really matter.
With our executive coachees, we try to instill a mindset in them that there really are only 3 or 4 things that you have to do this year.
That's all! it reaally is - everything else is just fluff.
But those three or four things are what you give all of your focus and all of your time and energy to - this works with life stuff too - you may actually need to start with a list of say 6-8, but it will soon become apparent which the front runners are, then ditch the rest.
Think about people in your own organisation, those who are really successful, with rapid promotions - you will find that you think of them in terms of things that they have done, things that were big and recognised - you may not necessarily think what they did was the right thing, but they sure did it and it was publicised, promoted and their praises were sung in high circles...
There are two keys - actually doing something (answering emails doesn't count) and just focussing on 3 or 4 big things, that you decide are going to be important.
Try this - get some quiet time, book it in your schedule if you have to - and just decide those 3 or 4 big things for yourself. Then you need to look at this list every morning - BEFORE YOU LOOK AT YOUR EMAIL -
if you are already looking at email 24/7 on your blackberry then you are already a lost soul and will achieve nothing ever again, ever - sorry -
anyway back to the point - it is really important that you decide what you will do today on the basis of your big annual priorities - again no more that 4 max that day, things that you will absolutely do.
ONLY Then open your email and allow ONE, MAX. TWO MORE THINGS ONLY onto your daily list and trust me on this - delete, delegate or ignore 80% of all your email. (best option first) everything that is not now on your big list, or is not a hygene factor (financial, bills, familly, personal learning, etc). If you miss something important, dont worry, someone will get back to you...
The point of all this is threefold (or however many points I get to make out of this):
we need to 'stand at cause' in our lives, whereas mostly, most of us, most of the time 'stand at effect' - get what I mean - are you just effected by things that just happen to you, or are you actually in-charge?
T.E. Lawrence said: This, therefore, is a faded dream of the time when I went down into the dust and noise of the Eastern market-place, and with my brain and muscles, with sweat and constant thinking, made others see my visions coming true. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.
We all dream, but can you make you dreams real - be a dangerous person, be a dreamer of the day.
It's like that other adage, 'Innovation is 90% execution', 90% doing - you do have to actually do something, just make it the big dreams, not the 100 email a day rapid path to a dusty death....
There is just one other key thing and you know this dont you - you have everything - all the resources you need - right now, to do the things you really want to do;
There is a Sanskrit saying; Padam, Padam, prahti padam, aaharti eeti, prati-padikam (transliteration is mine, not official) a Pada is a step - what it says is: Step by step, at each and every step, there arises, by grace, that which is needed to complete that step.
This is true, just take the damn step will you! you know you can, now if you choose to stand at cause and be a dangerous dreamer, it is all that you deserve to be for yourself and for your familly. Find your real list and just do that. JFDI. (not my initials)