The most successful people in the world, the real change-makers, spend most of their day using their Superpowers. That’s the unique set of abilities you have that are the result of your genetics, your environmental influences and your preferences. You need to know what those are because that’s the only area where you can become truly world class. They are skills you will keep learning and developing even when things get tough (and they will). If you don’t know what yours are then you should apply to do our online programme (https://www.mindsetexperts.co.uk/4-week-accelerator/).
That said, we all have things on our list that are not our related to our Superpowers. How do you get the things done that you simply do not want to do (but know you need to)?
Author and productivity expert, Jon Acuff, suggests that you build a Grit List.
His contains e-mail:
I can’t stand doing email. It’s never done. Every time I do it and feel good about emptying it out, it refills itself. I hate saying no to things and every e mail feels like a chance for me to fail. I’m not very organised, and the folders are overwhelming.
But it’s part of his job and it needs to be done:
I don’t get to say, “I want to invest a lot in relationships, but not via one of the most popular ways people communicate today.”
So he reminds himself of the reason why he is doing it.
On my grit list I wrote the value of email (new opportunities, stronger relationships, chance not to be a Luddite, etc.). Then I committed to do it. I don’t need to love it to get it done.
Write out your list of all the stuff you’re not doing and put the reasons why you should do it next to them. He says that you don’t need to love it, you just need to do it. Having the reasons why written down in black and white is a powerful starting point.
The Advanced Mindset Shift
We at Mindset Experts would take that great idea and go a step further. If you’ve got a vision and you’re in charge of your direction then you know the stuff on your Grit List is part of what’s going to get you there. If you are committed to reaching world class levels then we challenge you to take your thinking one step further.
That step is turn the don’t want to do stuff into the want to do. How much would that empower you?
The thing is, there are are two reasons why you don’t want to do stuff. You either find it too boring or too scary.
When it’s boring what’s the excuse you use with yourself? Here are some common ones:
When it is too scary what’s the excuse you use with yourself? Maybe something like:
The next time you are putting off a task, ask yourself if it’s because it’s too boring or too scary. If you need to do it to level up and it’s boring, then ingrain this into your thinking:
“Once I level up I will have more influence and more resources – I can then get rid of it.”
If it’s too scary then welcome to the edge of your comfort zone. You need to operate here to grow. And remember, you’re not supposed to know what you’re doing when you’re in that zone, you are still learning. Acuff has a quote here that sums it up perfectly:
“Don’t compare your beginning to somebody else’s middle”
So if you’ve written the value of the task and you’re still not doing it, then check in with yourself as to your reasons. If you want to become world class then you know that the task you’re putting off is part of that journey. If you don’t do it then you stay where you are. So shift your mindset. It’s either another step towards getting rid of the boring stuff or it’s pushing your comfort zone to the next level.
Now – do you see why it’s possible to want to do that stuff? Schedule in one of those actions now and get somebody to hold you accountable whilst you adjust to this new way of thinking.
Go to the next level or don’t.
Make your choice.
A moment of real revelation for me was that we all have the same amount of time.
What it actually comes down to is your priorities. That is really reinforced by the
group setting – saying you’re busy just doesn’t cut it. You’re seeing everyone else
make the time and put real effort into what they do. I think that’s the essence of
mindset – it’s not necessarily about changing yourself as a person but changing your
attitudes and thinking around key blockers.
– Karen Blanchette, Owner of Cup and String Communications