Great Lives Don't Just Happen. You Need a Strategy
Reflecting on this wonderful insight from Clay Christensen’s: How will you measure your life?
You will be constantly pressured, both at home and at work, to give people and projects your attention. How do you decide who gets what? Whoever makes the most noise? Whoever grabs you first? You have to make sure that you allocate your resources in a way that is consistent with your priorities. You have to make sure that your own measures of success are aligned with your most important concern. And you have to make sure that you’re thinking about all these in the right time frame - over the natural tendency to focus on the short term at the expense of the long term. It’s rarely easy. Even when you know what your true priorities are, you’ll have to fight to uphold them in your own mind every day.
A strategy is formed through hundreds of daily decisions about how you spend your time, energy, and money, whether in business or in life. Every moment of your time, every decision you make about how you spend your energy and money, you are making a statement about what is truly important to you. You can talk all you want about having a clear purpose and strategy for your life, but it will all be for naught if you don’t invest your resources in a way that is consistent with your strategy. In the end, unless and until a strategy is effectively implemented, it is nothing more than good intentions.
How do you ensure that you are implementing the strategy that you truly desire?
Keep an eye on where your resources are going - the resource allocation process. You risk a serious problem if it does not support the strategy you’ve decided on. You may believe you are charitable, but how often do you give your time or money to a cause or organization that you care about? Does your family seem to come out on top when you think about all the choices you’ve made with your time in a week if that matters most to you?
If the decisions you make about where to invest your blood, sweat, and tears are inconsistent with the person you want to be, you’ll never become that person.
You will be under constant pressure to give people and projects your full attention, both at home and at work. What criteria do you use to determine who gets what? Whoever makes the loudest noise? Whoever catches you first?
You must ensure that your resources are allocated in accordance with your priorities. You must ensure that your own success metrics are aligned with your primary concern. And you must ensure that you are thinking about all of this in the appropriate time frame, avoiding the natural tendency to prioritize the short term over the long term.
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