Tell me if this sounds familiar. A deadline is looming. You look at your desk. You look in the mirror and you begin to wonder just what the heck happened? When the project started you had plans. You had deadlines. You had a vision. Now, you are scratching and scraping and scrambling to get it done in whatever order or fashion that will ensure you meet that deadline.
You look back and, yep, there they are. Just like Cinderella at midnight, you dropped your fundamentals. Regardless of plans, deadlines or vision, if you are not practicing your basic fundamentals to get the job done, you’re in trouble. Your basic fundamentals are those basic building block type activities that are essential to the success of your project. If they are not done with patience and persistence in the face of competing priorities and the tyranny of the urgent (as opposed to the important), it can significantly reduce the likelihood of the outcome you had planned on.
First you must be crystal clear on what those fundamentals truly are; the must-haves in your day. It might be making a certain number of contacts to grow your database of marketable members. It could be tracking a certain number of steps on your FitBit to stay active. Or it may be something as simple as taking five minutes at the end of each day to make sure your project is on track. Whatever they are, make sure you know them, REALLY KNOW them.
In addition, being prepared for when things knock you off track. It’s not a matter of “if” you get off track. It’s a matter of “when.” Change is inevitable and change causes chaos. Chaos causes us to forget our fundamentals and leave them in the dust as we try to navigate the winds of change. The problem is, our fundamentals are the compass and we will certainly be lost if we drop our compass.
Imagine you are on your way to work and your car breaks down. You manage to get a ride into work and then what do you do? Most of us would immediately go about the arduous task of figuring out how to get the car fixed and how to get to and from work for the next few days, if necessary. After calling your mechanic and then possibly a close friend or family member to lament your misfortune, you still have to figure out how you’re getting home from work today. You might find yourself calling around to coworkers or searching for bus routes and schedules. In the end, you’ve spent most of your day and all of your energy on the tyranny of the urgent. You tell yourself, “I’m just not in the right frame of mind to make my daily business calls (a basic fundamental)” so you have water cooler conversations, buzz around your desk doing busy work and watch the clock until it’s time to go home. You leave work without accomplishing your basic fundamental activities with the knowledge that twice as much work awaits you tomorrow morning. Check your motivation, energy and enthusiasm. Chances are they’ve taken the next train to Poughkeepsie.
Imagine the same scenario. Instead, when you get to work you are able to take a deep breath, calm your nerves and take care of those five business calls you make every day. You’ve now put in a good 45 – 90 minutes of productive work before dealing with the tyranny of the urgent. Chances are once you’ve called your mechanic, talked to your friend, and made arrangements to get yourself home tonight, your motivation, energy and enthusiasm are higher. You have positioned yourself to move forward and managed the unexpected in a way that maximizes your potential.
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