“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln
Suggestion One – Shift how you approach your work.
Are you looking to make a little serious shift happen for yourself? Do you want to usher in some lasting positive change that you can point to? Do you want to hear yourself say “solved” and not “fixed for now”? Do you want more traction so you can measure some progress?
You need a shift, a disturbance in the status quo, and that can start right now if you like.
To make a little shift happen in your life, you have to immediately change one of your horrible human tendencies – procrastination – which is otherwise known as resistance (more lovingly referred to around here as The Lizard).
The Lizard (the feeling of resistance) that convinces you to settle, that talks you out of being courageous and rips you off by trading your inspiring vision for complacency and acceptance, has to destroyed, with fire, before it lays eggs.
Stop stalling, start shipping.
Too often we ask yourselves: When is the last possible date that I can get this work done, without losing the opportunity? “They want me to speak in November, it’s June, when is the last possible time I can get this proposal in before it’s too late … End of August.” This mindset is too similar to what uninspired students do through school. They wonder, What is the least amount of effort I am willing to do to get the lowest grade I’m ok with?
Instead, ask this question: When is the soonest possible date I can complete this? Here at DMWSC we try to accomplish in 12 weeks what everyone else would accomplish in 12 months.
Have you ever noticed that everyone scrambles towards the end of the week? The end of the month? The end of the quarter? The end of the year? The reason is simple: we are nearing a deadline, and deadlines make us finish.
So move the deadline to the beginning.
We put the rush at the beginning, and even build a 13th week buffer to recharge before we start out next 12-week cycle.
The sooner you get your work done, the sooner your work will have a positive effect on your audience. Get it done.
The next time you start anything, ask yourself, “How fast can I get this done?” Then wonder how you can get it done in half that time. Do it again and again.