Everyone talks about being busy. Well, here is a newsflash:
Everyone is busy.
The question is, what type of busy are you?
Is your "busy" the type that is going to get you 80/20 results that you want? Or is it the type that gives you anxiety because you have three digits following "unread emails" in your email notification?
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
There is no way around it. How we spend our time is a direct reflection of our values.
What are your values? If I asked you what they were, would you able to list them or explain them to friends? If so, could I "reverse engineer" your calendar and get an idea of what your values are? If not, then there is an opportunity for living out your values more.
If we are talking about work, do I see time dedicated to reading up on your industry and planning ahead for the trends? If not, sharpen your axe.
Do I see weekly or monthly staff/team trainings to make you exponentially more effective? No? Then stop reading this and sharpen your axe.
"But I don't have time!"
Sharpen your axe anyway. We have to understand that there is a price when you sharpen your axe. You have to literally shave off the edges off the blade to get a fresh one. There is always a trade off.
We have to decide to sharpen the axe even when it is difficult. (Did you know the word "decide" has its roots meaning "to cut off"?)
We have to CUT OFF anything that keeps us from investing and building our capacity in leadership and operations. We have to cut off this mentality that makes us think we have to answer EVERY email, EVERY call, EVERY social media notification immediately.
Otherwise, we are living someone else's values and you demonstrate that you don't have any.
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