OK, so it has been a little silent here for a while. At first I just got busy…then I just got lazy…and now I’ve learned a really valuable lesson.
The reality is that I was busy and I did need a break. But reality has a way of being hard to pin down. Wasn’t it also a reality that building this blog was part of my goals? Isn’t digging into the lessons I’m learning by writing about them urgently important both for me and my boys?
Like the management guru Peter Drucker said, “What gets measured gets managed.” I tweaked that a bit and found that in life at home and at work,
What isn’t scheduled isn’t consistently done.
I failed to live my life and instead got caught up in letting life happen to me. How many times have you let that happen? Projects that seem to languish. Strategies that sit stale. Amazing ideas that wither up and die on an idea board. Words that are meant to be said. Games meant to be played. Tickle fights dreamed about.
Vince Lombardi once stood in front of a group of seasoned veteran football players and held up a football. “Gentlemen, this is a football.” Coach Lombardi was well known for his fanaticism on the basics. Blocking and tackling. Master the basics and you’ll win. It’s time for a little more Lombardi in my life.
So I’ve begun compiling my list of basics. What are the things that must be in my life and get done every day for me to get where I want to be? This isn’t a comprehensive list, but here is a part of mine:
- Daily download with my wife
- Dinner & play time with the kids
- Personal development (reading, meditation, courses, etc.)
- Planning the next day/week
Blocking and tackling in my world. There is more and some of this can look different from week to week. But these things are daily. Not options to think about or get done if I can. These get planned to the exclusion of other things. You may note that my daily work isn’t in this list. That’s intentional. Maybe you can relate, but I’ve found that daily activities of my work just sort of happen. I don’t have to remember to close deals, create new opportunities, create account growth strategies and keep tabs on projects in production.
I may not post every day, but I will be writing every day. And if I can find the strength to keep this up, little by little I’ll build a life that was worth living.
Do you ever get caught in the trap of letting life happen to you? What do you do about it and what is your basics list?