Chapter 17: Get Stuff Done
I never mind working, but even work has to be directed with purpose. As I sit and write this book, the rest of my family is resting. Granted, I get my rest in, but as much as I want to rest, I also know the importance of getting this book published. No matter how much I dream, I have to sit and get it done. There are times where I wish I could just talk it into existence, but that isn’t going to work for me. At some point, I would have to take the time and write the words. You can’t just hit the keyboard of your computer and expect to have a book written. Again, you have to focus, and type the right words. You have to know where you are going with the words. You have to physically get it done.
One thing that hampers students is perfection, or trying to be too perfect. Giving your best effort means that you are willing to give something extra that will help you achieve a goal. Many times, students will get caught up in trying to be exactly perfect that it stops them from acting in general. No one is good at doing things last minute, but funny how the night before an assignment is due you can make miracles happen. We have all been there, and waited until the last minute to do something. Think of all the things you do when you have to. Think of how you turn off your phone, computer, and other distractions to complete an assignment. You don’t work better under this pressure because it is just a false sense of hope. This pressure is helping you get focused. That last minute push to complete something is because you know and understand the consequences. You don’t like to fail, or look stupid, so you really push. This is what you need to be doing on a regular basis. Working ahead may not be your thing, so you will always need that push of the possibility of unwanted failure at your back. Not the best approach, so I suggest you just adopt the action of “getting things done.” Let’s go so far as to say “getting the right things done.”
Getting the right things done also means doing what will get you to your goal as fast as possible. While writing this book, I thought of the many schools and people I could send info to about it. I had to sit down and make a list of all the places and people I wanted to share my book with. Now, I could have just thought about and waited until the book was published, but I, too, will procrastinate, so I started telling people that my book would be out by a certain date and to look for it. Now, that is pressure because it takes time to publish a book, so the writing has to be done way beforehand. This date has forced me to get things done and focus on getting the right things done.
So from here on out…Get Stuff Done! Just do it and follow up. Don’t leave your energy in the hands of things that are taking away more than they are returning. Now, that doesn’t mean destroy all video games, and read books, but it means know how and what you need to do effects your day, year, and future. There was a time where I spend hours at a time playing video games and watching sports. Now, I really limit those activities so that I can produce these books for students. Call it sacrifice, or just call it what it is, getting shit done.
Need a process? Ask yourself these questions.
- What do I need to do today so that I accomplish my important goal for the week? Month? Year?
- If I did the really important stuff for two hours, how much time would I have to do the really unimportant stuff?
- If I don’t know what I want to do yet, is it really that important that I have a set of skills ready for when opportunity knocks?
Here are the questions that are on my phone that I use to check myself when times are really tough.
- If you quit and go back to where you were, will you get to where you want to go?
- If you quit, what you are doing now and move to something else will the process to success be any easier?
- Which is the better: action right now, quitting, or making a pivot?
- What pivot will move you closer to your goal?
- What action will move you closer to a sale or personal connection?
- When you accomplish a huge task and hit your “sweet spot”, will you see that all of this mess was worth all the effort?
This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014. The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.
Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it. During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible! The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them. Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.
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