“Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.
‘What are you doing?’ you ask.
‘Can’t you see?’ comes the impatient reply. ‘I’m sawing down this tree.’
‘You look exhausted!’ you exclaim. ‘How long have you been at it?’
‘Over five hours,’ he returns, ‘and I’m beat! This is hard work.’
‘Well, why don’t you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?’ you inquire. ‘I’m sure it would go a lot faster.’
‘I don’t have time to sharpen the saw,’ the man says emphatically. ‘I’m too busy sawing!’”
Taken from ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey
Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Work smart.
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
– Anthony Robbins
To build a wall, we have to put down a brick. Then we have to put down another brick next to it. Then we have to …. It becomes a pattern. As you lay each brick over a period of time, you develop certain ways of doing it more efficiently and quickly. It becomes almost second nature. Those little things become habits that help you with your work.
To build a network, a business, a group, a team is exactly the same. You lay a foundation. You do activities every day that begin to develop your goal, your vision. Those activities become habits. They become things that you do consistently.
The time you spend on your activity is not as crucial as doing it consistently. When you do something every day, whether you spend five minutes on it, or 60 minutes, the important thing is that you do it every day.
Here are three ways to help us begin to make a habit – consistently:
Think about something you want to do every day. Find your direction. What is it you want to accomplish.
Choose a time and way to do it. When is the best time and what is the best way for you to accomplish this goal. If its to say ‘good morning’ to your teenager, think about the best time (first thing on rising or after coffee) and the best way (from across the room or in your arms) to do that, then every day, say good morning to your teenager.
Be determined. Don’t let anything stop you from being consistent and making it a habit. If someone (could be anyone) gets up on the wrong side of the bed and isn’t happy, don’t let that stop you from your goal of that day. If the greeting takes a little different tone from the day before, okay. If it happens a little earlier or a little later, okay. But don’t not do it.
As we do this every day, we begin to see the shape it is giving our life.