The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Over-committed leaders may be remarkable for a while, then they aren’t. Over-commitment dilutes and destroys.” writes Dan Rockwell in his article, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. To continue to be  remarkable and do remarkable things, he suggests 5 Principles of Remarkable:

  1. Commit to do one thing exceptionally well. Everyone who says they can’t commit to being exceptional in one area, commits to being mediocre in all.
  2. Spend over 50% of your time doing your one thing. If you want to be an exceptional leader, spend most of your time practicing leadership, for example.
  3. Maintain fearless focus. You will never be remarkable until you focus your energy. If you’re spread too thin, you’re average at best.
  4. Fill your bucket with things that align with your focus. How does being a remarkable leader connect with being a mom or husband, for example.
  5. Eliminate time-wasters.

Tony Robbins writes: “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” It is that call to discipline to focus on priorities that add great value to our purpose and journey. What we think is what we are, and what we are is what we will do.  If our focus is applied with discipline on those priorities, we will act on them. On your journey remember the wisdom of the Italian proverb: “Often he who does too much does too little.” Italian Proverb, and that of an anonymous quote: “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.” As Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D., tells us: “No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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1 Response to The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

  1. Jack Beach says:

    Thanks Mike. Leaders should all step back and let these messages soak in. They are important to both the leader and those he/she is responsible for. We live in an era in which people take pride in their capacity to multitask and in which there is a maniacal focus on productivity. In the end, multitasking amounts to constant inattention and the excessive focus on productivity requires over-commitment and ensures products and services are less than excellent. In fact, workers are urged to consider 80% the goal, not 100%, just to get more out the door. To be our best, we often have to put all our eggs in one basket.

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