Got to love freaking Mondays! Many of you have contacted me directly and told me that you have made the commitment to go all in with your self-growth. To be able to do that, you have to create systems, which are tailored to you. Keep the following guidelines in mind as you do so.
- Effective Systems Take the Big Picture into Account – Steven R. Covey once said,
We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.
Your systems must be targeted. People who excel, regardless of their profession, develop systems to help them achieve the big picture. It’s not enough to be busy. “Unhappiness is not knowing what we want, but killing ourselves to get it.” What is your big picture? In what areas must you grow to achieve your purpose? CS Lewis said, “Every person is composed of a few themes.” What are yours? And what systems can you develop to advance yourself in those areas today and every day? Read books, attend seminars, and do your research in the areas that are your passions.
- Effective Systems Make Use of Principles
- – A system is of limited help to you if it doesn’t take into account your priorities. The question you should be asking yourself over and over again is, “What is the best use of my time right now?” You should also ask yourself the question, “When is the most valuable time.” I have finally come to the realization that I accomplish more from a growth perspective between 5:00 am- 8:00 am then the rest of the day, because my phone isn’t ringing, my entire family is still sleeping, and my mind feels clear.
I maximize that time so I can maximize my day.
What systems do you need to put into place to maintain your priorities? This section of the book reminds me of the principle of not only working hard, but working smart. And when we talk about working smart, it always goes back to the words sacrifice and discipline. Are you willing to sacrifice extra time in the bed, extra time playing video games, extra time watching TV, etc. to get up and do something that people talk about for a long time to come? And then, will you put together the small necessary disciplines to make sure you get all of the important things in. Remember, there isn’t enough time to do everything, but there is definitely enough time to do the important things.
Get up! Get motivated! And Get going!
Life is good!
Creating them systems, Cram