Ever feel like you’ve been busy all day yet nothing of true importance has ever been accomplished?
There’s always stuff to do and there’s always those random, incidental tasks that pop up every micro second that need our attention. Or do they?
Not everything is urgent or important. Yet we tend to make life that way.
Here’s what I’m going to do.
I’m going to create an analogy for you about a campfire. Aka your big dream. It’s your big goal. The big ambition. The thing you’re working towards.
Your end result is a raging campfire. One that you need to keep burning to keep you warm and enable you to cook and feed yourself. You need that fire to burn even if you’re away from the campsite…swimming in the lake, or if you’ve popped into town to grab more supplies.
There are two things that you’ll need in order to keep that fire going. Larger logs on the bottom and kindling on the top. Each of those two elements hold important significance.
The big logs you place on the bottom of that fire is what will give it longevity. They burn the slowest and the longest. Without them, the fire simply can’t continue to burn for any given length of time. Let’s think of these logs as the tasks that matter most in moving you forward to achieving your dream. Without them, your fire will go out. And so will your big dreams.
The kindling will give your fire short bursts of energy. Each time you place another small pile on top, you’ll feel amazing. You’ll watch the fresh flames leap up in front of you and you’ll feel victorious in those few moments. That kindling represents our ‘busy tasks’. The tasks we rush around and complete daily that aren’t directly related to our big goals and vision. We tackle those ‘busy’ tasks because of their simplicity, time efficiency and convenience. They make us feel good and productive to accomplish them.
Which burns the longest? Sure, you need the kindling to keep the flame. But it’s the heat in those logs that will continue to keep that fire burning.
Imagine your fire being your big ambitious goal or dream. The longer and stronger it burns, the closer you become to achieving. Imagine only lighting your fire with kindling… you know, the quick, easy not important and non-urgent tasks. Boy you’ve got to accomplish a lot of crap to keep that fire going.
What if instead of dumping eleventy-billion piles of kindling on top of your fire each day (and nothing else), we committed to sourcing and placing a couple of extra logs on the bottom?
What if we stopped concentrating on the things that kept us busy, that don’t propel us forward; and started taking action on the really important stuff?
I suppose where I’m going with this is……
Stop favouring and prioritising the easy and quick tasks, just to make yourself feel productive.
Start taking action on the tasks that will actually move you closer to what you want to be, do and have.
And if those big ambitious goals seem to big and scary and impossible, then stop and ask yourself this….
What can I do right now (or today) that will move me closer to that goal?
Then get yourself up, and start hauling the closest, sizeable log over to your fire. And once you’ve placed it on there, drop as much kindling on top of it as you’d like.
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