Did you know that the D-Day invasion was drafted on a single piece of paper?
It’s true. Here it is.
Bruce Lee once said “the successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”
Henry David Thoreau wrote “our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs has as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million, count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail.”
We live in a new age where we are being bombarded by information from all angles. We focus on nothing. Alerts are buzzing at all times. We watch TV with one and sometimes multiple devices in our hands. Hell, we don’t even focus on the road while we are driving, instead looking down at our cell phones.. Too many apps. Too many texts. Too many emails. Too many stories. Too many choices. How many times have you just stared at a menu, a grocery store shelf or even your refrigerator?
It’s not just every specific moment. Look big picture and you’ll find that your days, your months and even your years are unfocused. Instead of tackling a couple huge goals we focus on three hundred items that distract us from doing anything meaningful in our lives.
I’ve taken a different path in 2019. I’m focusing on five items and five items only. I’ve told you that before. These are in no particular order, for those of you who criticized me earlier for not having God first.
- Empire – Growing my businesses and personal wealth.
- Family – Keeping them healthy, smiling and focused on personal growth.
- Fitness – Getting faster and growing endurance.
- God – Growing my relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Peace – Finding mental peace, relaxation and clarity.
Each one of those five is simplified even more with three questions each. Let’s take Fitness as an example:
- Does this get me faster?
- Does this help me go longer?
- Does this allow me to do this when I’m 60?
If the answer is No, then it is either eliminated or delegated to someone else. Obviously when it comes to fitness, delegation isn’t something I can do. That is typically for business items when I ask the question – can anyone else in my office do this?
Let’s take heavy weight lifting for example. Benching a bunch of iron may make me look better and boost my ego. It doesn’t, however, help me get faster, grow my endurance or help me do this when I’m 60. If anything, it does just the opposite. The bigger I am, the heavier I am and the slower I get. Therefore, I have eliminated heavy weight lifting this year and instead I’m focusing on more body weight exercises.
Last week I met with a company that I’m mentoring. The CEO bombarded me with twenty issues he’s dealing with. I told him to trash the list and worry about one thing and one thing only for the next month – sign up five companies for his services. That’s it!
I started 2019 by creating my focus list. Then I just started simplifying everything in my life. I started small by deleting a bunch of apps from my phone. I cleaned out my closet and donated a bunch to Goodwill. I moved on to my schedule and wouldn’t let a thing get on it that wasn’t based on my focus list. I created three questions for everything on my focus list. I learned to say NO a whole bunch. Now I’m moving on to the hardest thing of all – not getting into stupid political fights on social media =)
2019 is all about uncluttering my life to gain focus and clarity. It’s all about simplicity. Then and only then can I crush life.
As the great philosopher Princess Elsa once said “let it go.”
So I ask you today as I’ve asked you in the past – what can you let go from your life today?