You know the saying “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.”? And how many times do you hear “I’m so busy” come out of someone’s mouth when you make a request or ask for a favour? It’s like the North American status symbol these days to be able to prove how busy you are by listing off all the things you are doing.
Let’s face it though.
A hamster on his wheel is pretty darned busy too.
And most of us are a lot more like the hamster than we may be willing to admit to ourselves right now.
When you see Brian Greco’s Axis of Productivity below, where would you say you spend most of your day? Where would you say you want to be spending most of your day?
I heard Darren Hardy speak recently and the following story really hit home to me like a slap in the face. When he was a young, go-getter, full of ambition real-estate agent, he sat down to figure out what his top 3 money making activities to bring in the most return on effort.
So he bought a big hang-around-your-neck stop watch and meticulously tracked every minute of his day with how he truly spent his time in his real-estate business. I think on his first day he was in shock when he tallied up his activities and times and was hit by the realization that he had spent less than 17 minutes of his day doing the top 3 activities that he knew brought in business. If I recall correctly it took him weeks (if not longer) and a lot of discipline to get close to 4 hours in one day of time spent where he actually wanted it to be spent.
I have recently been having conversations with some very successful entrepreneurs and starting to realize that if I timed myself throughout the day, I’d be lucky if I too made it to 17 minutes. And that is IF I spent some time to focus on what my top 3 activities are towards which precise goal I am measuring myself against. Because like it or not, we are all measuring ourselves to some extent or another. So better to be honest with myself and call it like it is, rather than stuff down the emotions of wanting to do and have more than I currently am doing and having. I know it is possible. I know it is inevitable. I am now realistically writing out what the steps are between here and there and consistently taken action. And I have found a group of people who will hold me accountable, because let’s face it, I accept my own excuses all the time for not doing things, and most of the people who know and love me also accept my excuses. So finding people who know and love you and will hold you accountable to keeping your word, and also mentor you on what the steps are to help you keep your word is VERY POWERFUL.
So how can you be in action today that will have you BEing an empowered creator?