We’re always busy, running from one place to the other, struggling to finish the endless list of daily tasks.
As each day passes, you feel that you could’ve done a lot more in those days.
It seems that no matter how much effort you put in, no matter how many productivity tools you use, it’s still not enough. You’re not even close to achieving your goals and building the life you want.
When you are in a hurry to do, do and do, even more, you don’t stop for a moment to take a step back and look at what you’re doing.
In this article, we’ll explore the 3 reasons why you don’t do enough or for that matter, you don’t feel that you don’t do enough and how you can change your approach for the better.
You have to finish this book, then you have to go to the next meeting, and let’s not forget about the side-project you have going with your team.
You’re pulled from all the directions to work hard every day.
Working daily isn’t an issue, but the real issue is why you are working? What exactly are you trying to accomplish through your work?
Are all of the goals and tasks you’ve set out to do going to boost you?
Out of all the dozens of activity you have to do on a daily basis, how many of them will truly benefit you in your long-term success?
What is the 20% that you have to do in order to achieve 80% of the results?
If you can’t give a good answer to those questions, you might be missing clarity.
To gain clarity, you must be true to yourself. You need to understand your thoughts, emotions, and passions. You definitely can’t do that if you’re always jumping from one thing to another.
You need to drop everything and find the time to explore yourself.
What are the activities for which you have a burning desire to do?
You need to separate the activities you feel you should do from the ones you must do. It’s a vital step towards actually achieving more in a day.
There are 24 hours in a day, out of which around 10 hours are gone for your basic needs.
You can’t spread yourself too thin knowing how little time you have in a day.
Building clarity is how you can focus only on the most important activities, thus making the most of the hours you have available each day.
Give, give, give
“I want to build a business…no wait… I want to build a business and write a book”
We want a good family, the solid cash flow, the loving girlfriend.
There isn’t anything wrong with wanting. But they will remain only “wants” if you don’t change your approach.
All of these end-goals or outputs require a certain amount of input from you.
The good family requires time and energy dedicated to your husband/wife and kids. The solid cash flow necessitates skills you must learn.
The more input you give, the bigger the output will be.
If you focus on the output, you’ll only feed yourself never achieving realities. You’ll give yourself false hopes by thinking of a different lifestyle.
Why are they false hopes? Because your actions are not directly aligned with your thoughts.
The amount of input you push isn’t nearly enough to even come close to the desired output.
It is thereby, not the output we should focus so much on, but the input.
Every day, each page you read, each task you complete towards your goal is an achievement in of itself. It might be a small achievement, but with each achievement, it will grow bigger and bigger, just like a snowball.
The clock is ticking
It’s easy to pick the easiest route in life, that of self-gratification. Be it that we seek it directly or indirectly, it’s a more convenient way than having to push through the inconveniences of achieving our goals.
We want to achieve everything ASAP. We’re in a constant hurry to changing ourselves and the world we live in.
Rome wasn’t built in a day nor will your wildest dreams become real overnight.
The simple, yet harsh truth is it takes time to get results. No one knows how long it will take, but as long as you have the clarity you need to understand what you need and what you want from life, you’ll make it.
I know how hard it is when you want to change your life and achieve all your dreams. You’re tired of living like this, you want better and you need better.
Every day feels the same. You do the same things over and over, with the hope that maybe today will be the big moment.
But don’t sadden yourself. Every day is a big moment as greatness resides in you.
Every day you wake up, you have the chance to get up and know what you have to do. You know you need the input to grow and you do it every day, even if you don’t feel like it.
Because you are happy where you are right now. You are at ease with yourself knowing that every day you’re working towards those desired outputs.
No matter how small or how big the input is, it’s still an input.
It’s true that you won’t see any major improvements daily, not even weekly. But after each month passes, you’ll look back and start connecting the dots.
You’ll see how even that 1% of input contributed to your big results.
It’s painful, the internal struggle you have, when you feel that your hard work isn’t paying off.
On a daily basis, it looks as if you are not doing anything substantial at all. But every day, each input that goes in the growth machine will amplify the output you’ll receive.
Be happy with where you are now, knowing that every day you’re doing your best to improve, to take the next step towards your dreams.
Don’t hurry to grow. Learn from the trees.
The strongest trees take years to fully develop. They grow each day, little by little, even if we don’t notice it immediately. Over time, they will grow to become magnificent trees that will resist through the hardest storms.