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How much time do you spend on activities that do not light you up?

Do you tackle many things simultaneously and spread your focus so thin that you feel like nothing gets the attention it deserves?

You don’t have time because you are working on many things, yet things are not working out a lot of the time. You want to be productive, but you feel busy and overwhelmed.

Here are 5 things that keep people from fulfilling their potential:

– Trying to please everyone

– Imitating the desires of others

– Chasing status without questioning why

– Playing superhero and trying to do it all alone

– Dividing your attention between too many projects

Warren Buffet suggests making a list of goals you want to achieve; you sort the list in order of priority and then split the list in two. The top five items become what we are going to focus on. All the other goals on the list from position six onwards become your ‘avoid at all cost list’ until the first five items get accomplished. Meaning the goals from number six forward do not get attention from you until you succeed in achieving the top five.

Why do you think one of the greatest investors of all time gives this suggestion?

By limiting your scope of focus, you will not only dedicate your prime time and energy to what matters, but you will also avoid developing decision fatigue.

An excellent first step to gain some perspective on your choices, identify opportunities to improve how you invest your time, and recover from decision fatigue is to create a mental inventory.

I invite you to play with a simple exercise to declutter your mind. Take pen and paper (no typing), place the blank sheet of paper horizontally, divide it into three columns and populate each column with a list of:

1. Things you are currently working on (E.g. Presentation for ‘x’, Helping mum with ‘z’. etc.) 

2. Things you should be working on (E.g. Learn how to invest, Set weekly goals, etc.)

3. Things you want to be working on (E.g. Plan my new vacation, Hire a coach, etc.) 

Slow down, be honest with yourself and get everything out of your head.

Once populated, this sheet becomes your mental inventory. It shows what choices you are currently making and how you are investing your time and energy.

The last step is to decide which tasks matter to you. For each item on your list, ask yourself two questions:

1. Does this matter to me or someone I love?

2. Is this vital? (What would happen if this item would never get done?)

Be ruthless. Any item that doesn’t pass this test is a distraction, so cross it off the list. The more items you cross off the list, the more time and energy you will have for the things that matter to you.

This simple exercise, if done thoughtfully, can bring enormous contentment, peace and satisfaction to your life.

What are the items you crossed off your list?

Love. Simone

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Outcome

  • strong commitment to turning your vision into reality
  • Someone next to you that supports and guides you through the journey
  • Expanded horizons, wider perspectives and increased awareness
  • A calmer, more positive and balanced mind
  • Deeper and healthier relationships with those you care about
  • Clarity around who you are, who you want to be and what you really want 
  • A specific action plan that will be your roadmap to accomplish your vision
  • A feeling of confidence, excitement, motivation and contentment. 

The Plan

Define how you will achieve what you want
How will you accomplish your vision?
What specific actions will you take?
What habits, people and places fill you with energy and will support you through the journey?
What skills or knowledge do you want to acquire?

 

The Challenge

Do the deep inner work you need so that nothing can hold you back
What are your biggest challenges right now?
What is holding you back the most?
How do you underestimate yourself the most?
What thoughts and emotions would you most benefit from transforming?
What new empowering beliefs do you want to create?
How can you play to your strengths?

The Why

Have clarity on why achieving your vision is important
Why do you want to achieve that?
How achieving your vision would improve your life?
How will you feel when you get there?

The Dream

Create an inspiring vision of who you want to be and where you want to go
What do you want?
What does your ideal life look like?
What is your biggest dream?

The Reality

Be clear about where you are and what you want to change
Where are you now?
What is your current situation?
What are your biggest challenges right now?

 

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