I am a huge fan of Darren Hardy’s book, The Compound Effect.
The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy: This book literally changed my life. My business coach, Mary Ann, gave me a copy to read before one of our first meetings. Since reading the book, I cancelled my cable, started reading every day, enacted a strict budget both for my personal spending and business spending, and stopped going to Starbucks every day for coffee (I still drink coffee. And sometimes go to Starbucks. But I learned how to make a latte at home—that tastes just like Starbucks. Click here to learn how. It’s really easy and I only had to spend $40 to get the right tools.) Anyways, back to The Compound Effect…this book is all about making small changes that “compound” to effect bigger more amazing changes. And it really works. If you are in the fitness industry you can attest, like I can, that just making one change to work out on a regular basis leads to making other smarter choices about food and drinking. Then all of a sudden, you’re more toned and people are commenting about how good you look. Anyways, get this book immediately, if not sooner. Read it. Implement just one suggestion—after all it’s called The Compound Effect. See what happens.
And … I got to hear Darren Hardy speak at the conference I just attended in San Diego.
Here we are! Learning and freezing–ActionCoach keeps the room like an icebox.
One of the things he said really stuck with me: “The hardest part of your job is what you don’t do.”
Does that make sense? We literally come face to face with thousands if not tens of thousands of distractions every day. These distractions compete for our already precious time and prevent us from doing the things that matter most to our success in business and in our homes.
But distractions aren’t just simply the obvious ones like television, the news, and the biggest rabbit hole around, social media. Distractions could also be opportunities that don’t fit into the scope of your business, or things you do in your business that someone else could be doing. Click here to read my previous post on what I need to stop doing in my business.
The message was, that in order to be successful, you have to edit your life. You have to get rid of all the bad stuff—all those bad habits need to be pushed out to get to the good stuff. So, here’s my Give Up-On List …
Television – This one is holding strong for about a year! I cancelled my cable in an effort to save money and time (Read about it here). Because frankly, I was literally wasting so much of it watching stupid sh*t on TV. And then over the summer, my TV broke, and I haven’t replaced it. If I want to watch something, I watch Netflix or AmazonPrime on my computer and … it’s a conscious choice! No more mindless time spent in front of the TV searching for something to watch. This has given me hours of extra time each day.
News – This one was a little harder, but still holding strong. I stopped reading the newspaper and watching news on TV, again because it was a huge time suck, but also because constantly reading about and watching negative news was really bringing me down. And let’s get real, a very small amount of news is actually important for me to know in terms of running my business and living my life. If there is something that is really important, I find that people will tell me. And if I have questions about a topic, I’ll go and do my own research—again, a conscious choice to learn more, no mindless time spent sucked into news shows that are completely irrelevant to what I’m trying to accomplish every day.
Starbucks Everyday – Biggest change, biggest impact! Not only have I saved over $1,500 from not getting Starbucks every day for the last year, I’ve saved about 200 hours of driving and waiting in line to order my coffee. Y’all, this is huge. Is there something in your life that you could cut-out or edit that would save you this much time and money?
Yardwork – This is my new challenge. When I moved into my new house, the yard was much smaller and I thought I could take care of it myself because it wouldn’t take much time. Wrong. Spending hours or days cutting the grass, trimming plants, weeding, and blowing leaves is not going to contribute to my success as a small business owner. Yardwork is a never-ending chore that is best left to the professionals.
Being A Non-Leader – Another new challenge. And by this, I mean, doing things in my business that could be delegated to my employees. I talked about how I needed to transition away from teaching in a previous post, but there some other things that I could pass on to my team freeing up my time to focus on leading them.
So, choosing not to do something is perhaps more important than choosing to actually do something. Oftentimes what we edit out of our lives is what allows us to focus on the things that really matter. What could you edit out of your life or business to free up your time to do more of what matters? I bet you already know what it is.