Life Made Simpler and Better

When thinking or having a conversation about an opportunity, people are good at asking and answering Who, Why, Where, and How, but not so hot on When.  You don’t believe me?  Look at the calendars of 10 people you know, then look at their to-do lists.  If people were really as good at When their calendars would be filled with the most important things on their to-do lists.  In her book, “Busy Being Busy” my friend Michelle Prince says, “You can learn a lot by paying attention to where you end up in the bookstore.”  So true!  I would add that you can also learn a lot by paying attention to what’s on your calendar.

Why is the calendar so important?  Here’s what I know.  What matters gets scheduled and what gets scheduled is more likely to be completed when it matters most.  To-do lists are wish lists.  Calendars are commitment lists with minute-by-minute calls to action.

Suppose you are a busy business owner and you are invited to a professional development event.  You believe there is value in participating, but you hesitate.  So, let’s start with a When question.  “When do you want to start being more productive, making more profit, better serving your customers, and having more free time for yourself?”  Typical answers to a question like this are: Immediately, Soon, Eventually, Some Day, and When I Have More Time.

Every one of these answers is vague and shows a lack of commitment.  Each would be easily made specific by assigning to it a date and time AND more real by putting it on the calendar.  So, here is your formula for success:

  • Always choose what matters most.
  • Always schedule what matters most.
  • What gets scheduled gets done.
  • What gets done, makes a difference.

Life is simpler than we realize when we prioritize and organize!

What Will It Take?

by David Wright

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible,
then they seem improbable,
and then
when we Summon the Will,
they soon become inevitable.”

– Christopher Reeve

For any endeavor we launch, or goal we wish to accomplish, the quest begins with the question, “What will it take?”  If you Google the phrase “what will it take” you will find thousands of documents projecting what must take place to make things happen.

I have spent a lot of time throughout my life answering that question personally and professionally.  When working with clients there are six questions we normally ask to answer that one question.  Those questions are: Why?, Who?, What?, Where?, When? and How?  Yet, there is only one key element that really matters.  It is the foundation stone that makes the seemingly impossible become inevitable.  And that is where our journey to an exceptional life begins.

As a young boy one of my interests was space travel.  Technology was giving us the ability to actually do the things I read about in science fiction novels. Living in Florida at the time I heard about the space race repeatedly.  When there was a launch from Cape Canaveral, later named Cape Kennedy, class was dismissed so we could go onto the playground and watch the rocket climb into the heavens.  Watching those launches always inspired me to believe that anything was possible.

Space age technology brought about innovation that impacted, and continues to impact, every area of life.  So how did we get there?  What were the events that came together to inspire us to achieve these lofty goals?  The following story gives us some insight.

President John Kennedy had challenged our scientific community to put a man on the moon within ten years.  While talking with Werner Von Braun, one of the lead scientists on the project, President Kennedy asked him what he thought it would take to accomplish this goal.  Dr. Von Braun could have discussed all the scientific discoveries that would need to take place.  He could have detailed for the President the enormous amount of money that would have to be invested.  Instead this brilliant man’s answer to President Kennedy was simple – and true.  All it would take, he said, was “the will to do it.”  How right he was.

The will to do it – the one key element that really matters.  For all of our ideas and plans it is the determination to see it through that makes the difference.  What are you “willing to do?”