We all know there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive. It’s a question of working smart vs hard. Managing your time efficiently. Prioritising and focusing on the stuff that you’re passionate about. All of that sage advice we’ve been hearing for a decade or two now.
But what if you want to be great at something? Just getting things done is hardly my goal in life. I want to have fun and feel like I’ve actually achieved something. What makes the difference between being good and being great at something? It’s two things.
This might sound a bit trite but think about it. If you don’t try hard, no matter how much talent you have, then there’s always going to be someone else who has a similar amount of talent who outworks you, and therefore outperforms you.
So, relatively, which counts not just in competition with others but also with your past performance – which is really what this is about and what will ultimately determine your satisfaction level – the harder you try, the better you will get. And trust me it will make a massive difference.
Step one: whatever it is, attempt to attain absolute focus, and practice purposefully on what you are doing, when you are doing it. This alone will not only massively improve your performance, the meditative effect of shutting out the noise for a while will leave you feeling more relaxed and, well, much happier.
Manage energy not time
For most people reading this (mostly physiotherapy or massage clients at Physio First or friends of ours) the chances are there’s not really that much you are doing that is frivolous or unnecessary. Right? You figured out ages ago that if you’re doing something that’s unimportant or not going to get where you want to be then it’s better to just stop. So let’s leave the importance of time management, and priorities and goals, and doing what you love to the side for now.
The second ‘trick’ involves ignoring all of the smart goals and time management mojo you hear every day and just focus on managing your energy; not your time.
I can hardly stress the importance of this enough: if you’re unfit or inactive right now, getting outside and getting some exercise will 10x your energy level and your focus in everything you do. Increasing your physical health will do more to improve the overall quality of your life than anything else. Relationships? You’ll be calmer, more empathetic and infinitely more confident. Money? You’ll have more energy and a clearer head. Trust me.
If there’s something stopping you from getting active again then get it sorted out. Treat it as a priority. Of course if you have anything we can help you in any way with this we would be thrilled to have the opportunity to help. Just drop in to the practice in Horgen or give us a call to make an appointment.
But, aside of that, if I could do just one thing with our business at Physio First, it would be to encourage people to just try to apply these two principles to their lives, and then marvel at the results.
Seriously, it will cost you literally nothing to get started. You don’t need to go to a gym or get a life coach or whatever. You just need to get out there and get active.
Have a great week.
Feel better. Move better. Live better!