vendredi 27 décembre 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR : STOP DOING LIST

The end of ‘2013 and the start of 2014 is a perfect time to start a stop doing list and to make this the cornerstone of your New Year resolutions, be it for your company, your family or yourself.
It also is a perfect time to clarify your three circles, mirroring at a personal level three questions asked :
-     What are you deeply passionate about?

-     What are you are genetically encoded for — what activities do you feel just "made to do"?

-     What makes economic sense — what can you make a living at?
Those fortunate enough to find or create a practical intersection of the three circles have the basis for a great work life. Think of the three circles as a personal guidance mechanism.
Am I on target? Do I need to adjust left, up, down, right? If you make an inventory of your activities today, what percentage of your time falls outside the three circles? If it is more than 50%, then the stop doing list might be your most important tool.

A great piece of art is composed not just of what is in the final piece, but equally important, what is not. It is the discipline to discard what does not fit — to cut out what might have already cost days or even years of effort — that distinguishes the truly exceptional artist and marks the ideal piece of work, be it a symphony, a novel, a painting, a company or, most important of all, a life.

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