Are you in the right jungle?
This morning in my daily reading I read the following: “Effectiveness…does not depend solely on how much effort we expend, but on whether or not the effort we expend is in the right jungle.” Daily Reflections for Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
Then I watched a Darren Hardy Daily and he talked about “Finding Exactly What You Want” and making sure that you know what that is. He said that a clear expectation directs your attention to what you are looking for. It's like taking a flashlight into a dark room in search of something particular.
For me this morning it was taking a flashlight to my fuse box to find the fuse that had given out and plunged me into darkness. I had a power outage earlier this morning and it must have impacted my system a bit as it blew my breaker. Power was restored to most of my house, but my kitchen was dark. It was a fuse. An easy fix – the right jungle.
In looking at my business I realize that sometimes I am not in the right jungle. I am working away on tasks that will not lead me in the direction I need to be headed in order to be successful. Have you ever felt that way?
I have chased shiny objects, each a jungle on their own for me to get lost in. I am interested in so many things. I am excited about POD or Publish On Demand and Low Content Publishing of coloring books and reports. Yet, I have my book of Poetry that remains unfinished. I had intended for that to be ready last year.
Perhaps if I identify my jungles and create a path to move to and through each one, looking at what I need to accomplish in each jungle, targeting something specific that I can then give a date to start and finish it, I will feel less scattered and more focused.
Previously I have identified that FOCUS is my downfall. I have connected with people like Connie Ragen Green and Jennifer Burke and Kelly McCausey and all have excellent advice that I try to follow, but I realize as they say, “the buck stops here”. It is up to me to make the necessary changes in my life to get where I need to go. But first I need to identify where that is. I need to stop rushing around and really and truly look at my path.
How are you doing? Are you in a jungle? In a place where you can't see the forest for the trees? Join me in taking some time to reflect and review on what is truly important. Identify one thing you will work on this week. For me it will be my book of poems. I invite you to comment and message me to keep me on track.
To moving through the jungle on the right path.
P.S. I have another blog at https://simplestepstospeakingsuccess.com and I invite you to check that out as well.
P.P.S. I will post some of my poems here from time to time, so check back often. Here is one: