If you really want to wind me up to the point of explosion, then just give me a lot of excuses for choosing to procrastinate. You heard me correctly I used the word CHOOSE. Sleepwalkers find it really difficult to understand that the reason they never achieve a lot is because they don’t do a lot. They don’t do a lot because they CHOOSE not to. Everything else is just an excuse.
After reading The Goal, The Machine That Changed The World and Lean Thinking I was on fire. I was like a Duracell Bunny on roller skates. I was all wound up and skating everywhere without having much of a clue of where I was heading, or even where I wanted to go. I was crying out for help in the guise of a mentor but I did not possess the skills to find one. In my time of need I turned, once more, to literature and I bought the most incredible book called Time Power by Brian Tracy.
Time Power was the second piece of literature I had bought that Tracey had written. The first book I had read was called Eat That Frog! 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and although it was a gem of a little book I came away after eating my frog and I still wanted a side order of cow. Time Power was an amazing book from front cover to back and if you are serious about getting the important things done in your life then you must by this book.
In previous weeks I have written Learning to Prioritise, What Are my Priorities? & The M.O.N.E.Y List and they are all pieces of work inspired by Time Power. After reading this book everything started to make a lot more sense for me. I removed the roller skates and moved around my business world with a lot more purpose. I started to understand the importance of prioritisation and learned to be at peace with the fact that not everything could be done. As usual this improvement created a new set of problems in the business that I was struggling to make an impact in.
Let me make something clear. Understanding your priorities, devising a system that caters for these priorities, having an emergency back up system when priorities change and acting on all of these processes is smart intelligent thinking. It is not lazy, does not mean I do not care and that I am insubordinate. That is how I was made to feel when I started to increase my productivity in the workplace as a result of the teachings of Time Power.
The leaders who directed my puppet strings did not accept that you could not do everything. Instead they demanded that you do everything. I have said this before, but I started to feel like I had been force fed hallucinogenic drugs. I was led into meeting rooms and force-fed my goals and the importance of achieving them. I created systems of prioritising workload in order to work on things that were aligned with these goals, and then I would be criticised for working on these things and told to work on other less important things. After working on the less important things I would then be chastised for not working on my goals. I still to this day do not understand how I didn’t end up in a mental hospital?
Time Power is a book that will teach you about your priorities and how to organise your life around doing what is the most important and doing it first. You have the choice to act and behave in any way you choose. Please choose to act in the way taught in the pages of Time Power.
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No sooner was the world of the railways privatised than the luxury of having enough people to do a good job vanished. As each year passed and our profit dwindled, more and more people were sacrificed, as cost savings, because we lacked the ability to increase income.
Those who were fortunate to survive the cull were left to do twice as much with fewer people. Faced with this problem you either went mentally insane, suffered from depression, resigned, were sacked or sought help. I sought help in the pages of this book and although I didn’t get the backing of the people in my company to show them that this was the way forward, I use his principles to great effect in my own personal life.
When I wrote my first ever blog post I asked some poker players to write some testimonials for me. Martin Fournier Giguere wrote:
“Ching (my nickname) seriously has to be the most motivated man I’ve ever seen… he can certainly accomplish more significant things in a year than most will do in a lifetime.”
It is because of the things I learned in Time Power that Martin was able to write those kind words.