Going back to the basics, get laser focused and stay focused

It seems like so many people are running around in react mode and putting out fires and not really focusing on what they can control. It’s time to get laser focused, stay focused and work on what you can control – YOU and your behavior. When you concentrate on what you can control and your actions, you will see results. You don’t have to get sucked into the daily conversations about what the market is doing. The market will do what it does – go up and go down. You can’t control it so STOP WASTING TIME and energy dwelling on it. Work on doing your highest payoff activities the majority of your day. Make sure your calendar reflects those activities and honor your calendar. Try not to react every time someone calls or wants to speak to you. You have a schedule and you need to honor it. Most people can wait at least 24 hours, if they have to, to talk with you. Work by phone appointment instead of phone tag. Some things may have to get dropped, delayed, or delegated right now because you have to focus on the activities that produce more immediate results. Apply the 80/20 rule to your work day. 80% of your day is on those activities you know that when you do them will produce results (short-term and long-term). 20% of your day is on the other ‘stuff’ (email, listening to messages – if you don’t have an assistant, filing, cleaning up messes, doing necessary research, planning for the next day, being more proactive and not reactive, etc.). You know that when you are focusing and doing your highest payoff activities, you are having an impact on your short-term and long-term goals. Take it a day at a time and work on what you can control. You will be more in control of your life! That is a much better feeling than the alternative, which most people seem to be experiencing right now. Don’t be like the rest – do what you need to do to be successful. There are people out there who need what you provide. Stay focused on what you can offer and go find them and make money.

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