Extra Points: Time Keeps On Slipping

Dan Weedin Unleashed-40This Week’s Focus Point: Time Keeps on Slipping

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’…into the future…

For those of you who are old enough to remember the early part of the 1970’s, you likely recall Columbia House Records. It was late 1975 and I was in 6th grade when I mailed back my postcard to Columbia House to get my dozen cassette tapes (for you Millenials, go ahead and Google cassette) for 99 cents. It was a great deal; every month Columbia House was going to send me the hottest new cassettes for only pennies. My first cassette album was Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band (see opening lyrics above…) By the way, as you all probably figured out, I couldn’t afford what I was really getting from Columbia House and my great deal was soon squashed by my dad. But that’s another story for another time…

Steve Miller was right. Time does keep slipping into the future and if we’re not careful, we will slip away with it without reaching the goals we desired.

How are those New Year Resolutions doing? Have you accomplished all you set out to do in 1Q 2017?

My intent is not to chastise. Heck, I’m as guilty as anyone in allowing “busy-ness” get the best of me at times. Here’s what I hope you take away from this missive…

Without metrics of success, you’re bound to keep chasing that dream all the way into next year and beyond. Whether it’s writing that book, learning that new language, cleaning out your Inbox, or creating better relationships with your colleagues, employees, and co-workers, without metrics they are likely to be falling short.

My tip for you is this – keep your metrics focused on the short term. What do you want to accomplish this week? Maybe it’s writing for one hour a day to get that book done. It could be making three phone calls each day to potential clients you haven’t talked to in a while. Heck, maybe it’s just spending 15 minutes a day cleaning out your Inbox! All of these goals are quantifiable. While you may have more emotional reasons for accomplishing these things, without placing some quantifiable metrics and then (hold on tight now) asking someone else to hold you accountable, then you’ll likely fail. But, if you do set metrics, write them down, be held accountable, and reward yourself for small victories, well you may just spend every week flying like an eagle.

Tick tock tick… doo doo doo doo

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Quote of the Week:

Reject your sense of injury, and the injury itself disappears.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

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Extra Points – Chasing the Rabbit

Chasing the Rabbit

Captain Jack
Captain Jack

I admit to being an NFL geek. I watched the NFL Draft on Saturday as the Seahawks had about a gazillion picks to make. It was worth it when I heard former NFL head coach and ESPN Monday Night Football announcer, Jon Gruden tell a rookie quarterback…

“If the dog hadn’t stopped to take a crap, he would have caught the rabbit.”

Now, THAT is wisdom!

Here’s why. The dog takes off on a mission to catch the rabbit. The rabbit himself is fast and tough to catch to begin with. The dog stops to do his duty and the rabbit speeds on. The dog misses out on the rabbit and the rewards of catching the rabbit.

You start off on a new mission/objective/goal/initiative/dream (you pick one). The objective is going to be tough to attain to begin with. You are going fast and then something distracts or stops you. Seems like it’s important at the time. By the time you get going back again, you’ve lost momentum; lost passion; lost direction; and ultimately lost your rabbit and reward.

You, in your professional and personal life, are constantly setting goals and objectives. Too bad you’re allowing things to distract you and keep you from reaching them. More often than not, these distractions are of your own doing. It doesn’t have to be that way. You have control, you just need to be resilient, focused, and passionate. There’s always time to ‘um…”take a crap” later!

Go catch that rabbit!

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This week’s quote –
“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.”
– H. L. Mencken

Extra Points PLUS

I had a reader of my Extra Points this morning ask a follow-up question and I wanted to share it and my response.

The question was – “Dan, could you define the word ‘intentional’ as you have used it in today’s piece?”

Great question! Here was my response…

“For me, becoming ‘intentional’ means you make a concerted effort to think about, prepare for, and plan. Many people ‘unintentionally’ execute due to the results of others, good fortune, or just serendipity. If you make doing these things a practice by thinking about them in advance, your rate of success will improve.”

Being intentional means planning for success. I was challenged by my accountability partner today to set more specific goals for the rest of the year. I guess she read my mailing today!

What about you? Where can you become more intentional in your preparation?

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