When in need of inspiration, I often randomly open books. Today two ideas arrived within seconds of each other. Seth Godin suggests we need to Raise The Bar – as that is where great progress occurs. Jason Fried from Rework is adamant we need to Do Less.
Putting these two ideas together sounds incongruous, until we see that in doing less, we create the space for seeing where exactly we should raise the bar (and how high!) if we really want to create profitable change in our business.
When I look at my project list for my businesses, I can see the two or three projects that totally raise the bar. That make everything else I do look, well, not so important. I can see the 30 or so projects that would be nice to do, if I had the time, resources or inclination… and I can see the 10 projects that need to be taken off the list right now because I already know that they won’t deliver the world-changing impact I require when I invest my full energy into a project!
What could you do less of that would allow you to have more impact? You don’t need to spread yourself thinner, you just need to make the hard choices that allow you to be phenomenal! We get caught up in being nice and saying yes when really we mean no. What if you saying no gives that opportunity to someone else who does have the energy to invest – would that allow them to raise the bar in their own unique way? Could the world be a better place for that?
This is one simple tool for looking at everything you have in front of you and seeing what is truly important. What will make the biggest difference? What raises the bar and makes your business more enticing and more enchanting for the people you serve? Choose that one thing. And do it with everything you’ve got!
Less is More. LEAP forward, don’t crawl!