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Archive for March, 2013

Time to make a mountain out of a molehill

One of dad’s favorite sayings was that I was making a mountain out of a molehill. While I loved dad, he did have a lot of strange or cliché sayings. I am wondering if there is a book on cliché’s for parenting.

What is usually meant by this saying is that you are turning a little issue into a big problem.This is a great lesson to learn in all areas of life.

mole

  • Are you blowing something out of proportion?
  • Are you taking things to an extreme for no reason?
  • Are you over reacting?

While it is a powerful lesson it is not what we are here to cover.

Today we want to look at taking that little molehill and seeing if we can turn it into our own mountain with a little focus and effort.

Why would we want to take something small and make it into something big? Because that is how success works. This is how change happens in our lives, like it or not.

This is a lesson we have heard many times from many different experts in many different ways. Hopefully today is the day that the message finally hits home with you.

  • Darren Hardy calls it the Compound Effect
  • Gary Keller and Jay Papasan call it The ONE Thing
  • Dr Leo Marvin (played by Richard Dreyfuss in What About Bob) called it Baby Steps

You can call it whatever you want just as long as you are doing it.

Through my most recent coaching opportunities it was clear that people understand how to look at the big picture.

  • We have our vision boards (I bet yours has a car, a house, a few trips and something about being out of debt on it)
  • We have our screen saver set with images (if you are seeing the photo of the beach on your computer it means it is idle, meaning you are not working on getting closer to that trip to the beach)
  • We have the letter we have written to our future self about what we know will happen.

All of these things are great. They are powerful. They are wonderful tools to use in your growth.

I could look at a photo of the United States and know to get from Seattle, Washington to Orlando, Florida I must go east and south. If I want to get from Seattle to Orlando I wouldn’t  just look at a picture, I would look at a map (remember those things before we had GPS.)

Your pictures are great. Our question is where is your road map to get to your target?

Start taking each of those molehills and stack them together day after day and you will have your mountain.

  • Save 10% of each paycheck and put it in something that earns you money and watch it grow
  • Take 5 extra minutes each day and put away your distractions and spend it with your spouse or children
  • Work out just a little more (or work out just a little for those doing nothing yet) and see growth happen
  • Take one less bite at each meal and watch the pounds add up and fall off over time.

Take your molehill and make it a mountain!

If you aren’t doing this on purpose, it is happening anyway. Make sure your mountain is one you are standing on top of and not one you are at the bottom wondering how you will ever climb to the top!

Mountain Top

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Chadalyst – Call one more person for work right now and build that mountain. Get up and walk another 1000 steps right now. Put down that snack you are eating right now. Choose your focus and start moving up your mountain!

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Squirrel!

It starts with a beep, a chirp, a bell tone and after that, you are finished!

SQUIRREL!

Now after you have seen what was so important to someone else it is time for you to get back to what you were doing.

Our good friend Dug, the dog in the movie UP, was the one to bring this our attention. We were all too busy being distracted to really even notice the problem.

Production numbers are down in companies in all industries and everyone is looking for the reason. The reason is right in front of us every single moment of every single day. We are too busy having to be “in the loop” all the time.

You sit at your desk getting into whatever project you have going on. Maybe you are writing a report, an email or creating a presentation for a meeting later that day. SQUIRREL! Just like that your focus is pulled to your smart phone that just beeped at you with a text, an email, a social media update and even if you don’t go to look at it your focus has been pulled.

We are even betting that your focus was pulled just by the word standing out as you were reading. Did your eyes jump ahead at the color and force you to then go back and catch up on reading?

Take a moment and turn off the notifications on your smart phone so that YOU can control when things happen. Before we had cell phones people waited to hear from us. Even with a pager people sent us a message and knew we would get back to them soon. Now with the technology advances instant gratification isn’t fast enough and people want you to reply as soon as they send the message (we are included in that)

Slow down a little. Believe it or not you will get more done if you finish one task before thinking about another one.

SQUIRREL!

Squirrel

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