Choosing to not breeze past the small thing can make a huge impact in our business' and in life as a whole. Instead of just focusing on the big things, if we also focus on being great at the little things it breeds the discipline of awareness, thoughtfulness and finishing strong. Many times we focus on the huge goal, but forget that it was the small achievements over a period of time that compounded and prepared us for the large victory.
Today think about how you can be great at the details of your day and you'll see that the larger things will be come easier to grasp.
We have all heard the parable of going the extra mile & it's as true when written as it is today. One thing that always stuck out to me about the story is that it was a given to go the first mile. I use to always remind myself that in order to go the extra mile & MUST go the first mile (what's required) in order to go the extra mile (the extra effort/time). This was a big take away for me.
Today many phone it in, cruising to the end of the day on cruise control instead of finishing strong; not us. We strive to finish strong not just for us, but for all of those that depend on us daily to win. Our families, spouses, children to our escrow, title, customer service & other business partners. I believe it's our drive to not just compete, but to create big opportunities for us to soar is what motivates us to not just go the firs mile, but to CRUSH the extra mile as well.
It's my privlidge to go the extra mile with each of you.
We all have the 'time' to get done what we need to, it usually boils down to how we are spending our time. Its a good exercise to audit how we all spend our time and see if it lines up with we we say is most important to us personally and professionally. It's important not just how we spend our time, but the velocity we use our time as well. I have found time blocking works wonders on this to create efficiency (when held to) of course.
Candidly I was struggling a few months ago with losing my mornings and not getting some of my in office work done. I had to look at it and now I'm in the office between 7-7:30am each day now, which has to start the night before going to bed early so I'm ready for it. Now when my phone starts ringing and emails start coming in around 8:30-9am I have already accomplished a lot and don't feel like I'm behind the eight ball.
Make sure you are setting yourself to win the day, each day; and that most likely starts the night before.
We have many things that call out for our attention and it's up to us to prioritize them. It's not usually the loudest thing calling that is the most important. Sometimes we can get distracted with things that seem urgent and they get in the way of what's most important and necessary for us to achieve our goals. It's the side distractions that we don't think about that get us, not the big distractions most of the time; we recognize those. Check out the graphic above and think as you come across things to do today "Where does this activity fall?" and prioritize accordingly. We all can be in control of our days and schedules when we are purposeful about it. The more we control our schedules (especially before 10am) really helps our days soar.
I was reading a blog late last week and came across this info below that I wanted to share. These are some great reminders of things that are easily actionable today that don't need a grand strategic plan or anything like that in order to enact. All they really need is a willingness to do. Look at them below and think about one that you can focus on today and make it happen. This is something that we all can do and growth is a natural byproduct of.
#1 They create and pursue focused goals.
#2 They take decisive and immediate action.
#3 They focus on Being productive, not being busy.
#4 They make logical, informed decisions.
#5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.
#6 They work outside of their comfort zone.
#7 They keep things simple.
#8 They focus on making small, continuous improvements.
#9 They measure and track their progress.
#10 They maintain a positive attitude as they learn from mistakes.
Sometimes when we are great and many things in life it's harder for us to begin something new because we rarely start at a high level. Our starts with something new are usually a little rocky at first and that may detour us from beginning because it may be a shot to our pride that we aren't immediately excelling at this new thing. My little bit of encouragement or reminder today is that YOU do have the capability to be GREAT at whatever you put your mind and consistent effort behind. Think back to something that you truly love and are really good at right now...got it? Now think of how it was when you began. There is probably a vast difference. Now think about something that you started but didn't really pursue with intention. For me that's the guitar. I have one and I can play 6-8 chords well, but that is a very small sample of what it takes to master that craft. Because of this I don't play much in front of others. Baseball on the other hand I wold feel just fin picking up a bat and going for it, because I have put the work in. It's the same with us in the field prospecting new clients and continuing to bring value to our current ones. We are confident with what we have put the work into, but much less with the items we haven't that we know are solid and would enhance our business. Challenge for this week: Identify 1 product/tool/service that you know wold enhance your business and spend just 1 solid hour diving in to learn it and practicing how to share it with other.