Are You Neglecting Your Passions?
Entrepreneurial companies, especially the leadership teams tend to get super busy. These leaders run around as if their hair is on fire. They are working on projects, dealing with issues, and checking off to-dos at a frenetic pace. Rarely do they slow down to ensure they focus on their Unique Ability®, God-given talent. In this article, we will show you how to slow down so you can live within your passions and get more done.
Even with these powerful tools in hand, I can’t tell you how often I hear, “I don’t have time for that.”
The Faster You Go, The More Lost You Become
It’s ironic that we don’t take the time to identify impactful activities because we are too busy. Imagine your unique ability, God-given talent as a lit candle. This candle represents your passions and your guide through the night.
If you start running with your candle, what do you think will happen? It most likely will go out. It will get smaller the faster you go. What happens when you slow down? It burns brighter and stronger.
Your candle, your unique ability, is the light of your path. If you go too fast it will burn out, you’ll burn out, and you will lose your way. The key is to slow down so your unique ability burns bright and you have the time to be intentional.
Slowing Down is the Key to Productivity
Optimize for Growth (O4G) teaches all our clients the Meeting Pulse™. The Meeting Pulse includes three types of meetings for entrepreneurial leadership teams. Each session is designed to allow you to hit the pause button and work “on” the business.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “We don’t have the time to have our quarterly meeting or our Level 10 Meeting™.” The reality is you don’t have the luxury to miss them. The more you don’t have the meeting the more inefficient you’ll become.
I also recommend that you take the time to be present each day. Take time to review your quarterly Rocks, plan out your to-dos for the day, and check your schedule. Slowing down and becoming very intentional will produce better results over time.
The tool I use for daily task management is the Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt and his team. I combine the daily planner with the EOS Foundational Tools to make up my system.
Don’t Let Go Until You are Sure They Have it.
In the One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey Ken Blanchard writes, “Why is it that some managers are running out of time while their staffs are typically running out of work?”
The biggest issue reported by a typical leadership team member is “not enough time.” The real problem is either they don’t have the right people on their team, or they don’t know how to delegate well.
Assuming your people GWC™ their role; you did hire them after all; then it’s up to you to make sure you delegate effectively. It’s essential not to throw tasks over the fence at an employee. You must make sure they understand the outcome, and they have all the necessary resources to do the job. Don’t let go of any task until you are sure they have it.
Most entrepreneurs wrap their ego into their work. They don’t think anyone can do the job as good as he or she can. While in some cases that may be true, most of the time it’s not. That’s why we use the Delegate and Elevate tool to ensure you are only working in within your God-given talent. The tool allows you to take the emotion out of the tasks.
Don’t Waste Your Time With Low-Value Work
Don’t fall into the trap of doing low-value work as a leadership team member. For example, if you have a $5,000,000 business with four people on your leadership team, each of you is worth approximately $625/hour to the company.
How much time do you spend coordinating meetings and managing your calendar?t How much time reading, sending and organizing emails? According to Forbes, leaders spend about 2.5 hours per day reading and responding to mostly unproductive emails.
Based on my scenario, a four-person leadership team spends $1,560,000 in productivity reading and responding to emails every year! I believe an exponential multiplier for every business leader is to delegate your calendaring and email to a virtual assistant.
A great virtual assistant will require about a $20-$40/hour investment or in my example, about $75,000 per year for the leadership team. Virtual assistants have high ROI if used appropriately. Always ask yourself, “is this $625/hour work or is this $30/hour work?”
The Key Is Slowing Down and Intentionality
To live in your God-given talent and pursue your passions, you need to slow down and become intentional in every aspect of your life. Don’t get caught up in the day-to-day craziness and think you are productive. Start acting with the greater good in mind and focus.
I love the scene from the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis where a senior demon is mentoring a junior demon on how to best attack the human “patient.”
He instructs Wormwood like this “Even if a particular train of thought can be twisted so as to end in our favour, you will find that you have been strengthening in your patient the fatal habit of attending to universal issues and withdrawing his attention from the stream of immediate sense experiences. Your business is to fix his attention on the stream. Teach him to call it “real life” and don’t let him ask what he means by “real.”
In other words, you will destroy your life in the rat-race. Now is the time to start living your passions. It just requires you to do it on purpose, without excuses.
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