October 26, 2020
The Art of Being Highly Effective
“Knowledge isn’t power. It’s the potential for power. You have to take massive action!”
For many of us, we have things that we enjoy to do. We have goals, we have dreams, we have desires. There are just things that we want to do in our life. However, one of the biggest obstacles to realizing your potential is a lack of efficiency, organization, and effectiveness.
People generally like to acquire knowledge. At certain times you read books. You watch videos. You listen to the podcasts. You acquire all sorts of knowledge. But the question is, do you put it into action in an effective way?
In order for knowledge to really spark and to take growth, we have to take action. We have to move forward. We have to move out of stagnation. And sometimes stagnation comes from fear, the fear of failure. But as we know, fear stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. It’s important to focus on the effort and intention and not the end result.
Another key to being effective is setting personal boundaries. Setting boundaries is like the banks of a river. When you don’t set personal boundaries, then you lose the banks of the river and can end up in a big messy flooded swamp.
One of the boundaries that we want to make sure we set for ourselves is having time for ourselves. People that are functioning at high level and doing a lot of great things always make sure that they take time for themselves – otherwise, their efforts aren’t sustainable.
They take time to meditate. They take time to exercise. They take time to be with their family. They take time to attend a retreat or a workshop or enroll in an online course to fill up their cup of knowledge and energy.
Another thing that’s helpful is to cut out toxic and negative relationships. The people that you surround yourself with, kind of like your mind, they can be your worst enemy or your greatest supporter. Surround yourself with people that are going to help uplift you and inspire you. Inspiration often flows both ways and it begins to create a beautiful momentum where it’s not just them benefiting or me benefiting, but we’re all benefiting together.
You also want to be mindful of thinking about the balance of yes and no. When you say yes to one thing, you’re saying no to something else. When you say yes to something at work, you may be saying no to something with your family. When you’re saying yes to a six pack of beer or two bottles of wine, you’re saying no to your health. And on the flip side, when you say no to certain things, you’re saying yes to other things. Just make sure you’re making decisions that are for the big picture and create positive sustainable habits.
Another important tool that I use often for effectiveness is the MMP formula, which stands for move, meditate & plan. This is a formula that I use at the beginning of every day and you can check out all the details in my previous post.
Another thing that I talk about often is the 10% rule. The 10% rule says take 10% of your waking day and dedicate it to yourself. So for the average person, if you sleep eight hours a night, that leaves 16 hours of a waking day. 10% of 16 hours times gives us about an hour and a half. Take at least 90 minutes out of your day to invest into your own health and well-being.
Hopefully you found some tips that are helpful and useful. Below are some recommended practices to assist you in taking time for yourself to eventually improve your effectiveness: