do everything, anything, nothing … or SOMETHING!

Out Reach Ask the Right QuestionsThere are simply times that we want to do too many disparate things. All of the opportunities that appear on our horizon looks good and may offer a higher return on our investment than the projects that we are currently pursuing. Perhaps it’s over confidence, but we feel that we can handle it. But trap is that any and everything we do must involve a laser focus or we will miss the target. As I have offered many times, focus and clarity is absolutely required for success in any endeavor. Without that, we will not achieve the results, of which we are capable.

My colleague, Anthony Annarino says, “Some people want to do everything. There is nothing they won’t try”. It’s like that see some new, bright, shiny toy and they have to play with it. It doesn’t matter if it’s the right idea for them or not, and it doesn’t matter that they aren’t really prepared to make it work. The problem is that they have not made a strategic choice and it is unlikely that good results will be produced.

On the other hand, Anthony says, “some people want to do nothing.” There seems to be no idea that is worth pursuing. They want to do as little as possible, and they want to change as little as possible. They can succeed at doing nothing far longer than you might imagine, but eventually they run out of time, because nothing works if you don’t.

Most of us realize that we can’t do everything and we can’t do just anything. And, doing nothing is not an option. But here is what we can do: the right thing. We must make good choices about what that something is going to be. We need to narrow our focus and work hard and purposely to make that something work. We must take consistent and deliberate actions.

Here is your prescription: If you’re guilty of doing everything, you must narrow your focus and choose. If you are guilty of doing anything, you need to slow down and take a thoughtful approach. If you are guilty of doing nothing, you need to get moving fast. But, do the right thing.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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