I was at a training last week and we were talking about problems and then how problems are decisions that need to be made when the conversation circled around to one question:
Are you interested or committed?
So simple, right? Yet I was a bit stunned in the moment as I started to filter this question through various areas of my business.
Where am I committed and where am I just interested?
And, then even further… Where I am committed, are my actions lined up with my level of commitment?
So, simple and yet at the same time so powerful.
There are only a set number of hours in the day. How we use those hours is in our hands. Am I using those hours in alignment with my commitments? Are my actions aligned with my goals?
I came home from that training (Thank you Todd Herman and The 90 Day Year – Yep, I’m a Certified 90 Day Year Coach!) and immediately started evaluating different projects in my business through this filter.
What I found was that I was committed in one key area yet my actions were not aligned with that commitment. Time for some adjustments.
So, how can this help you?
1. Make a list
Take a few minutes to review your to do list. Make sure this list is either written down or somewhere you can review it as a simple list.
What’s on your plate over the next 90 Days?
List everything. Treat this like one brain dump. Get everything out of your head and written down in one place. If you already have this in your 90 Day Plan or in your project management system still take a few minutes to review it and make sure it is complete.
If you’re anything like me there are probably a few things you haven’t written down for one reason or another. Go ahead and add everything to the list.
Once you have that list take a look at it and see what is aligned with your business goals and what is not.
NOTE: An important side note here… We can tend to place judgement on ourselves in this stage for a long list of things (too much on my plate, not far enough along on x, y or x, should know better, etc) — try not to do that. At heart this is really an exercise of observation.
Go ahead and highlight, star or somehow indicate the things on the list that are aligned to your primary business goal.
3. Committed or Interested?
Go through the items that you have indicated and ask yourself: Committed or interested?
Again, no judgement… No shoulds… No blame… No nothing… Observation only.
That extra marketing tactic that so and so said has tripled their lead gen – you do not have to be committed. You can be but you do not have to be.
That new automation tool that your biz bff is in love with – you do not have to be committed. You can be but you do not have to be.
The hottest new personal development book that will change your life – you do not have to be committed. You can be but you do not have to be.
There are a lot of shiny objects out there – are you committed or interested.
Okay, back to the list…
As you’re going through go ahead and note with an ! or a different color highlighter or in some way where you’re committed. And, also go ahead and note a different way (~) where you’re interested.
(NOTE: Go ahead and move all of the interested items to a special place in your project management system or a google doc – somewhere specific where they can live on their own for now.)
4. Aligned Actions
Great! Now that you know where you’re committed take a look at your calendar – do you have time set aside to take action on these items? If not, where can you add some time to dedicate to these tasks?
It is great to go through the whole process above but the key to the whole thing is taking action.
For me I am committed in one area but I could see that I was not taking action. Was I committed or did I just want to be committed? The key to knowing the difference is the action.
What actions can you take today, tomorrow, this week and this month in the areas where you’re committed?
I know it’s a simple exercise but the results can be exponential in helping you stay focused on the areas where you’re committed. And consisted focused action leads to amazing results.
Now tell me, how was your 2017? Can you share with me a few of your favorite things?