The Golden Key To Life: Focus and Commitment.
Color Commentary for Monday, November 20, 2017
By E. R. Haas
"The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Without question, the Results you actually GET in the TIME you have will determine your ultimate success or failure.
Want greater success? Consistently produce greater Results!
This week our focus is on the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done your very best.
If you have, day-by-day, achieved the best that is in you, what more is there?
That's right, nothing.
However, you owe it to your life to actually give your best—consistently.
You owe it to yourself, and everyone around you, to make absolutely certain that you are operating at peak performance... putting your God-given gifts and talents to their highest and best use.
Nothing less will guarantee the life you want for you, your friends and family. Yes, you owe your best to not just YOU, but everyone around you.
This Week's Lesson In Excellence...
If you want to produce better results this week, you can.
Learn to take highly focused actions based on your core priorities.
Simply print off this TQ Lesson Plan, and take a few minutes each day to not only THINK about these ideas for action... but put these ideas into ACTION.
Then, take a moment each day to ANSWER the "Today's Question", and see how other people have responded as well.
This will give you specific guidance for living a life of RESULTS, not REGRETS!
By committing to this simple, yet highly effective daily regimen, you will take your performance to the level... not Someday... but now!
Focus On The Important... Not The Urgent...
To achieve your dreams... to maintain balance in the heat of the battle... to know that you have done the best you could given the circumstances you faced... requires you to focus on the important, and not be consumed by the urgent.
This is a major driver of success, both personally and professionally. It is not hard to focus, if you know what's important to you, and what's not.
Focusing on First Things First.
Last week, I asked you to take a minute to WRITE out what you hope to accomplish next year. What will make you feel GREAT next year at this time, when you look back on the year that was?
Now I want you to explain to yourself WHY this is so IMPORTANT to you.
Look closely at what you have written down.
How are you going to move these hopes off this page and into your life? The simple answer: By constantly remaining focused on the important, and not permit life's urgencies to wear you down and wear you out.
Right now your list is only a list. It is a reflection of what you HOPE you will achieve.
Last week, I asked you to question the VALUE of this list... BEFORE you invest a year of your life pursuing it. Assuming you did this, I now want you to FOCUS.
Prioritize Factor 6a asks if you "prioritize your life by choosing what's most important rather than what's most urgent?"
The simple fact is, when you prioritize your life, you determine where your time will produce the most rewarding and satisfying results.
Urgency is a quality given to something requiring immediate attention -- regardless of its relative value.
You can spend years chasing down one urgency after another.
By choosing priorities over urgencies, you stop reacting to circumstances and start creating a life of power, passion and purpose.
Factor 6A's CONTRIBUTION to your performance...
A high commitment to this Factor of your performance suggests that you prioritize your life based on things that mean the most to you. You consistently make the right choices between the urgent -- and what's most important. You apply your life's priorities to every situation -- from how you're going to spend the day -- to those crucial decisions that determine your future.
Sometimes, you choose to put what you value most on hold while responding to more demanding events. Yet, even then, you make sure time is not diverted so long that it does any permanent harm to your highest priorities. Custom lesson plan to improve this Factor...
"It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important." ~ Doris Lessing
Factor 6A's COST to your success...
A lack of commitment suggests you are someone who can lose sight of what's most important. Your life is often not as satisfying as you would like.
Urgencies tend to rule your day, and it may feel like there's never enough time to do the things that are the most meaningful to you.
Long-term goals are consistently delayed, as you attend to more urgent demands in your life. You also tend to put off your favorite dreams indefinitely, while chasing down easier or more immediate payoffs.
The bottom line.
What happens when you FAIL to consistently do Factor 6A? Your goals die a slow, agonizing death from a lack of attention, focus and action.
Look at your list of hopes again. Are they forged of fire and passion resulting in a white-hot commitment? Or do they lack the purpose and the power to shift your innerdrive into overdrive?
Remaining FOCUSED on what's important, every single day, is part of doing your best...
When you are committed to your personal best—day in day out—you will live a life of abundance and accomplishment.
Uncommitted and unfocused equals a life that simply doesn't matter.
Remember, your family lives on the RESULTS you produce. Time measures you by the RESULTS you produce.
So, take action to produce better RESULTS. Do it today! What's holding you back? -- E.R. Haas, CEO
The Key To Greater Success Is Now In Your Hands... Take some time this week to think about the issues we raise and put the following Ideas For Action into ACTION.
This will not only help you achieve better RESULTS this week, but keep you on the path to achieving ALL your goals and aspirations.
Which, of course, is the whole point of this week's TQ Lesson Plan!
First, Review These Ideas For Action...
Learn how to "Stay Focused on What's Most Important."
The following Ideas for Action represent some of the best thinking on the planet regarding this subject.
They're designed to inspire and motivate you to actually do this factor a great deal more frequently.
Spend some time reading each one. Make sure you understand them. Visualize yourself doing them.
Keep in mind, however, that these ideas will remain ideas until you put them into action.
As You Begin Each New Task, What Goes Through Your Mind?
As you go through your daily tasks, keep in touch with your mission and goals. The most important things in your life should never be sacrificed to the less important.
Take a moment throughout the day to relate your mission and goals to each task you do. Don't let your journey obscure your destination.
Are You Ready To Design Your Day?
For any task to be a priority, it must have more importance than something else. Importance comes from your values, goals and commitments.
Design your day around achieving your primary goals.
How Willing Are You To Be Distracted?
You can be easily distracted when you do not have a purpose. To increase your focus, direct your time and energy through your filter of values, vision and mission.
To gain focus, ask yourself "what's the most important item I should tackle right now." Focus on that first.
Does This Really Matter?
The key is to know exactly what you want at any point in time. A lot of time and energy are wasted when you focus on things that don't really matter, and leave what's most dear to you unattended.
Give the gift of your attention to what's most dear to you -- today and every day.
Are You Doing Too Much?
A carefully chosen list of priorities acts to clear out the deadwood and debris that ordinarily clutter up your life. With clearly set priorities, you reaffirm what has meaning to you and eliminate what doesn't.
Invest your time in what's most rewarding to you. This is so important, it's worth repeating: DO WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT -- let the rest take care of itself.
Did You Know That...
If you look at your life, exactly as it is right now, you will discover which priorities you are currently focusing on first.
At every moment your priorities are made visible by your decisions and your actions.
What's Your Joy Quotient Today?
Choose what gives you joy.
Fulfillment comes from accomplishing the important, not from surviving the urgent.
Now, Answer These Integrating Questions...
How to incorporate these key ideas into your daily actions.
Understanding how this Factor drives your performance is key to improving it. Sometimes a small shift in perspective gives you a huge shift in power.
Print this page, take out your pen and invest a few moments to answer the following questions.
Do it now.
Each one is designed to shift your perspective, change your point of view, and to invite specific action.
"Point of view is worth 20 IQ points"
~ E. R. Haas
Power Up Questions:
- If you don't consider your next task important, how did it get on your schedule?
- What's one area of your life that you would like to focus on more?
- What's the absolute, MOST important thing you can focus on right now?
- What have you been giving priority to in your life, and where has it been getting you?
- Doesn't one completed, important priority outweigh ten unimportant ones?
- When was the last time you felt totally focused and committed?
- What do your values, vision and mission say you should be doing next?
- Are you satisfied with all you've been achieving?
- Have you ever noticed that how you spend your time is already a result of your pre-existing priorities?
- If your life isn't what you desire it to be, are you ready to establish a new set of priorities to make it so?
"Success On Purpose steps up to the plate, swings the bat, and delivers a home run. A unique, timely and excellent sequel to The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren"~ Lee Wise, Former Director of Internships
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