Speed and Road Choice
That might seem like an odd title, or perhaps a not very helpful one.
But it will soon make sense.
A mentor of mine sent me a message that contained the following line:
If I am on the wrong road it doesn’t matter how good I get at speeding down the road. It’s the wrong road. – Steve Chandler
It’s not enough to be fast, or efficient; you must be doing the right things.
It really doesn’t matter if you can go 150+ miles per hour if you going down the wrong road. All that’s going to do is get you further from where you want to be, and faster.
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But how do you know if you’re on the right road each day?
How do you sort the myriad tasks before you, how do you choose amongst all the things competing for your attention?
You must know: 1) what you Value; 2) what your Commitments are and 3) what your Goals are.
Values are those things that are fundamental to you. Things that make you you, at your best.
Commitments are those things are non-negotiable – things you simply will not abandon or give up (easily).
Goals are those things you want to do and have.
Unless you are clear on those three things, and are able to focus on them, you will spend at least some time on the wrong road, sometimes going faster than is wise.