I regularly begin coaching and mentoring sessions with clients by asking this question, “What’s the most important thing we need to talk about today?
While we may have a pre-determined agenda, often things come up in the course of a week or even a day that become more important and demand becoming a priority. It’s a frequent happening that my clients start with something that is brand new, but now important.
Our technological world, while often able to save us time and energy, more regularly overwhelms us with communications (emails, texts, and calls) and tasks that become urgent because someone else has deemed it that way. Our priorities become muddied because everything seems urgent and due yesterday. Our brains become filled with minutia and our own bad self-talk. Before we know it, we feel behind and sprinting to catch up. I know this because it’s a constant battle with myself.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself what’s the most important thing at that moment and do that one thing then until complete; then rinse and repeat. There’s rarely more than one thing that is most important in that moment, so when your brain is unclear, stop and identify it.
Priorities – both of a professional and personal bent – will become chaotic for us. Accept that and be prepared to deal with it. This is a big part of mental toughness. Mental toughness is the discipline to bring yourself back from chaos to focus by concentrating on the most important thing now.
My challenge for you this week is to think of me the next time this happens to you (and it will); by asking yourself “what’s the most important thing to do right now?’
Then go do it…
Quote of the Week:
”A rich man is nothing more than a poor man with money.”
~ W.C. Fields
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