In his book, Hungry! Fuelling Your Best Game, hockey great Ryan Walter shares his experiences and learnings while a “hockey expert” in the Disney film, Miracle. His work with Director Gavin O’Connor provided a great insight to his leadership teachings – the importance of framing in great leaders’ lives, the choices of what should be in focus and what should not be in focus as they create their life’s epic film.
Maintaining focus on priorities, current or forthcoming, is the daily life-blood of great leaders. This is the in-focus stuff. One of the greatest challenges they face is keeping things out-of-focus – their “Ignore List.” Walter’s research of eleven companies that turned themselves from good to excellent found that “the big decisions were not what to do, but what to stop doing.” Walter brings this to life quoting Jim Collins who wrote in USA Today the article: “Suppose you woke up tomorrow and received two phone calls. The first phone call tells you that you have inherited $20 million, no strings attached. The second tells you that you have an incurable and terminal disease, and you have no more than ten years to live. What would you do differently, and, in particular, what would you stop doing?”
You are the Director of your life’s beautiful and grand masterpiece. Choose to make it magnificent in what you choose to include in it and what you will not include. Most important, what will you stop doing that will take you to yet higher levels of happiness, success and joy beyond your wildest dreams. As Peter Drucker reminds us: “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
Have a beautiful day, a Happy Memorial Day and a magnificent week!!!