Most of us work so hard. We are engaged with our lives and our work. We show up and put in the time. And we are at our limits. We have little if anything else to give. Time, energy, brain cells–we are at capacity. Seems inconceivable to do any more than we do. Right?
When will we pursue those "other" goals in our lives? Those things that we long to do, have to do?
Was with a good friend this week and he was discussing his three new side businesses he is launching and pursuing. Three! He has a full time job, two kids and a labrador! He has little money, but puts in the sweat equity and engages his network. He is trying to build his future, keep his mind fresh, and make some money. How does he do it? He manages his time through his priorities. Is he stressed out? Nope. He is fully engaged in his life. Funny thing, he has other irons in the fire. And he thinks he is just an "average" guy!
If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more you do the more you can do. Lucille Ball.
If you are human, then you waste so much time. C'mon admit it. There are times when you are just distracting yourself, biding your time, all the while your ideas/causes/dreams just wait and get older. Be honest!
It is trite and maybe irritating to hear, but you have to take small steps. Give one percent more–one more degree of effort. One percent! Everyone has one percent to give. One percent more in time, money, effort, and energy. Yes you do!
If you give that one per cent to something you have always wanted to do. Something you care about. Like your talent, your art, your dreams. You will feel good about yourself.
Don't fall behind on your bills and your dreams. Les Brown
And, when someone says, "Hey what's new?" You can say something interesting! And those conversations will lead to new connections!
Now networking and mentoring have a purpose. To meet people who are doing what you are interested in. Getting advice about these special things. These pursuits will be treats in your life. Sweet and delicious moments for your personal gratification of understanding your larger role and purpose. These times that are not chores but times you will look forward to. And guess what happens, the one percent expands because it is so important to you.
Look if you have the perfect balance in your life of challenge, growth, and fulfillment, then please stop reading.
For the rest of us, we are so close to what we want you can see it. But our inertia, doubts, resistance, and plain ole laziness prevent us from what we want.
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One more degree of effort. We give up too easily in the pursuit of what is important to us. One percent more time and attention.
One percent of your time is like 30 mins a week. What if you scheduled 30 mins during every week to reconnect with someone you have lost touch with. Put it on your calendar. Do it every week. Be discipined about it. Use the time to e-mail, telephone, Google people.
This is even more productive and fulfilling if you are reaching out to people about your idea, cause, or dream. To compare notes, pick brains, to learn, and to be inspired. To be inspired every week! Wow.
Persistence, consistency, and building the habit of making time for what you want. It is simply amazing when you do something consistently.
You will regret not using this time–now. Over time you will get busier! And these special thoughts get shelved and predictably–absence will make the heart grow fonder. Neglect makes these lost opportunities more precious and more bitter regrets later.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St Francis de Assisi
I guarantee if you don't exert the one percent or the one degree of extra effort, nothing will happen.
Little efforts lead to bigger ones. Small steps lead to bigger strides. Commit yourself to connecting your ideas with others and unexpected things will happen.
Thanks for reading. John