If you’re like most of the population, the honest answer looks something like “…erm, no.”
This week alone I came across…
^^^ This is all nothing more than a covert form of procrastination and avoidance. It’s how people get pulled off-track while FEELING like they’re ACTUALLY working.
It’s SO easy to get caught in the “I’m working! I’m working hard! I’m being productive!” trap.
The world’s most successful people, though, are CONSTANT and RUTHLESS about the questions they ask themselves throughout their days.
“Is what I’m doing right now REALLY going to move me forward? …Or am I just doing work that makes me FEEL okay about myself—but isn’t REALLY going to move the needle?”
And successful people are HONEST with their answers.
They know that taking action is POINTLESS unless it’s SMART action. Unless said action that will propel them toward where they want to be 3 months from now. (This is different from taking the “right” actions — sometimes we take action, fail, learn from it, then re-calibrate. That’s still smart action.)
✖️ STOP working on autopilot.
✖️ For the love of god, STOP doing so many things during your busy days that don’t even make a difference.
🔥 Focus on the 20% of things you could be doing that’ll make 80% of the difference.
🔥 Imagine you suddenly only had 1/3 of the hours to work each week and HAD to ruthlessly strip away all the shit that doesn’t matter. What would you be doing? How would you change how you work? (Trust me, you’d be thinking COMPLETELY differently.)
❗Ask the RIGHT questions. The hard ones that make you pause. Questions like “Is what I’m doing now moving me forward, or am I just working?”
❗Be ruthless honest with yourself. Question your immediate, first responses. Pause. Wait for the deeper, real answers to bubble up.
And then go kick some ass.
You’ve got this.
When you're sick and tired of getting in your own way, and you know you're capable of SO much more, it's time to talk to us.