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May 26, 2011

DOs and DON’Ts

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:55 am

I may have written about this before; it’s tougher to remember as I get older, so this is my take on DOs and DON’Ts.

We give too much attention to what we don’t want and too little attention to what we do want and the result is this:

We spend too much time evaluating and precious little focus on doing.

Goals are easier to reach when they are in focus. What keeps them fuzzy is spending the lion’s share of time culling through options that will never be chosen.

It’s an easy trap to fall into because “DON’T WANTS” have a lot of opinions attached to them, and who doesn’t like giving their opinion?

“I don’t want the yellow one because that’s not the color that signifies the message I’m trying to present. It’s too middle-of-the-road and it doesn’t present a strong image that’s needed in these times when people are looking for solid approaches, blah, blah.”

That rant could go on for days if you let it.

The trick is to notice that you are focusing on what you don’t want. That strategy serves as a detour away from what you do want.

DOs and DON’Ts are time management options. If you want to fritter your time away and stay further from your goal, choose “Don’t.”

“DO” is a more direct road to your desire, and it’s easier to formulate a strategy to get there when you can see your destination.

Reminds me of a story . . .

My mother was old school when it came to credit. Yes, she had a mortgage and car payment and eventually had a credit card, one that she paid in full each month. When she wanted something, she would find out how much it cost and determine how much money she would have to save each week in order to get it. The financial plan and its execution came after she decided what she did want.

It amazing how we seem to find a way when we decide what we DO want.

Here’s a suggestion: DO take a few moments and evaluate your personal DOs and DON’Ts strategy. What you may find is that what you DO want is closer than you think, especially if you take the time to bypass the DONTs.

Final thought: It’s productive to look before you leap, just make sure you don’t get sidetracked by playing leapfrog.

 

All the best,

John

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