Category Archives: Productivity

Take Action

Take Action
Take Action

Execution. You’ve visualized, found belief deep inside, planned, researched, and maybe even pray. Nothing, as we know, will happen until we take action. And yet sometimes we just don’t do it. We go on we spend more time planning, crunching the numbers, and allowing, sometimes at least, that little voice inside to delay our plans. Fear sets in and for some reason we just don’t move ahead.

In the words of Dr. Jerry Schwartz “action cures fear”. Action is what must take place in order to succeed. And all it takes is just that one step. Recall the well-known metaphor of traveling from New York to Los Angeles at night. You know you have a 5000 mile trip to take. But taking it at night you can only see 100 m at a time. And yet you’re on the path, you know you will reach your destination, step-by-step, inch by inch. And all it takes are those small, incremental, little steps. Those little bits of action. And once you take action you not only move forward, but you gain tremendous confidence in your path, in your direction.

I know someone who wants put on their resume they spent 2 to 4 hours every day in “continuing education”. This person was very well read, thought of as very intelligent even. But he never got anything done. He knew all the theory, all the methodologies, all the reasons why it can be done.

But without putting that knowledge into action there was in essence no real use to that knowledge. So yes, you got a crunch the numbers, you got a plan. But don’t forget action is what counts. Will actually let me correct myself, results is what counts. But you can only achieve results by taking action.

Even G-D Took a First Physical Action

Let There Be Light
Let There Be Light

I had an interesting discussion with my son this morning. We were talking about how even once someone sets a goal for themselves they still need to take action. And sometimes the first physical action that is taken is not only the most important, but also the most difficult. I started to think of examples I could give him in this to demonstrate. And thankfully I believe there is one that is no better than this.

G-d, in creating the world in essence gave us the model. He took a first “physical” action. As is described to us in the book of Breishit (Genesis), G-d, though not described as such, thought about creating a world. And His first “physical” action was that of saying what was about to be created during each of the six days. For example, “Let there be light”. Since we believe that God has no actual physical attributes, that “action” is in essence God’s “physical” action.

And that is the model for us all. In order to bring to reality the things that we think about, the things that we envision, we must take that first physical action towards achieving each of our goals. And then we can continue taking those small steps which we all know will end up becoming the fruition and achievement of our goals.

Pushing Air Out of the Way

There are times in life (if not always…) when we should just go with the flow. In this short clip from a short while back from Building 43 the focus is on Solar Energy driven cars. I was intrigued by a sentence in the middle of the clip at marker 1:55 in. The line? “60% to 80% of the energy of a car is used to push air out of the way”

I find this line most intriguing. Is it not true that we seem to spend so much time and energy just “pushing air out of the way”?I believe it comes down to simply making the right decisions. Living a life of our higher selves. Once we are in line with the “truth”, that is the truth of our own integral life. Then and only then will we stop pushing air. Then and only then can our energy follow the Pareto Principal, or the 80/20 rule, in a more positive way and rather than spending 80% of our energy pushing air the way we spent 80% of our energy making progress in the most efficient way possible. Here is the clip:

Going for Gold – Sprinters and Marathoners

Everyone, who is successful in any-case, works hard. Some of them are sprinters and some of them are marathoners. Either way they are reaching for gold, or have already gotten there. Truth be told, successful people never reach the gold. That because the “gold” keeps changing. Once the goal/gold has been reached, new successes are pursued.

These people work in two different ways. As I said, they all work hard. Its just a question of mental and physical style. Some work straight through their 10 (  never 8  ) hour work day. No breaks, no socializing, sometimes even no laughter (no laughter is no good). BUT you get a lot done!

Others take sprints. They push for an hour or two, take a break for 10 or 20 minutes then push again. Yes, 5 twenty minutes breaks a day adds up to an hour a day, five hours a week, but it’s effective. Many studies have shown that productivity, quality, creativity and even happiness go up.

So what’s better?  A bit of both. Take the analogy of the marathoner. After his 2 hrs, 3 minutes and 59 seconds (the world record. The women’s record is 2:15:25) he crosses the finish line. He, as we, have a goal, a road map. If the marathoner were to run those two hours in a circle, he would never cross the finish line. We need a road map, a goal. So that after our 120 years on this planet we get there on purpose.

The sprinter though knows how to reach many many finish lines. Those are the small goals/milestones we set on the way to the goal, to the gold. Even the marathoner takes a break after the race, and between training sessions. And yes, even he does sprints.

THE BOTTOM LINE, doing the sprints will help you finish the marathon. That’s the effective way to reach your gold. One sprint at time.