The amount of ACTION you put into your day will directly determine the outcome of your success. The major difference to accomplishing SUCCESS is your ability to take action on the items that will lead to the greatest results.
What stops us from accomplishing just that?
“The one thing that separates winners from losers is winners take action” Anthony Robbins
Well, it is our ability to separate the so-called urgent tasks from the most important priorities. Most of us get caught up in our endless emails, the piles of files needing attention on our desks; our reaction to a request immediately even if it does not require an immediate answer or the call that just came… the list is endless… The problem is that we get stuck in the “busy” and at the end of the “busy”… we evaluate the action and our day had no progress…
So what can we do about it?
Staying within boundaries… meaning, being more conscious every day of the activities you choose to spend your time on. “The Power of Focus” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen Les Hewitt provides practical easy-to-implement action steps that will significantly move you forward investing your time in what you do best.
The Four D Solution
Learn to say “No, I choose not to do this.“ Be Firm.
These are tasks that need to be done, but you are not the person to do them. Hand them over to someone else, either no guilt or regrets. Simply ask, “Who else could do this?”
These are issues that you do need to work on, but not right away. They can genuinely be deferred. Schedule a specific time to a later date to handle this type of work.
Do it now. Important projects need your attention right away. So get started today. Move forward. Give yourself a reward for completing these projects. Don’t make excuses. Remember, if you don’t take a prompt action you’ll end up with all those nasty consequences.
“What is the major problem? It is fundamentally the confusion between effectiveness and efficiency that stands between doing the right things and doing things right. There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker