That’s right ELIMINATION is going to allow you to be world class in your field. How is that? Through elimination we’re going to filter out all of the crud and the noise. The things that are energy drainers. The tasks that don’t get us moving forward. When we eliminate those tasks and narrow our focus, we can concentrate our time and energy on the few tasks that will get us to be world class in our chosen field. How can you be absolutely great at something and crush it every single day when you’re juggling so many tasks? It’s impossible. If you look at the truly exceptional people that are world class in their field, they are generally good at only 1-2 things (like really really good) and let everyone else around them do everything else. Take a look at Lebron James, Warren Buffet, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, etc; they are extremely great at only 1 or 2 things. They didn’t get to where they are today by juggling so many activities; if they did then they wouldn’t be world class. Sure some of their empires have grown and perhaps now they have to juggle many activities but at the root of their success is the fact that they first became world class at a single activity. Just like they narrowed their focus and concentrated on 1-2 things that made them world class, you have to narrow your focus too and not allow yourself to get bombarded with so many activities.
If you’re the owner of a business then you have to narrow down your focus to the 1-3 tasks that provide you with the greatest outcomes or allows your business to grow the most. I know that when you first start a business you do everything; you are the janitor, the receptionist, the sales rep and owner all at the same time. But your job is to begin outsourcing those tasks as soon as you possibly can. Once you start outsourcing you can begin focusing on the few extremely important tasks, like sales and product development, that will get you the growth you need. However if your time is consumed by small menial tasks throughout the day, then you won’t have the time focus on the few things that really gets your company to grow by leaps and bounds.
A good exercise to practice is if you have a goal, lets say in the next year you want to make a million dollars, then divide your salary and break it down to an hourly rate ($1,000,000 / 2080 (40 hours a week for a year) = $480hr). If your goal is to make a million dollars then you know you have to earn $480 an hour to reach that goal. Now you have to ask yourself an important question, “is what I’m working on worth $480 hour?” . If the answer is no, then eliminate that task from your list or outsource it. Today you can get a virtual assistant from any number of crowdsourcing platforms out there like freelancer.com or oDesk.com for a cheap or reasonable rate. Take advantage of them and focus on the 1-2 tasks that will allow you to become world-class.
The moment you begin eliminating all the things that take up your calendar and focus on the chosen few, it is the moment you will begin to experience exponential growth. This doesn’t mean doing only a few things each day and taking the day off either! This means doing the few things over and over and over again with repetition, that’s how you become world class at something. Kobe Bryant for instance would shoot 700-1000 shots a day in practice and that’s outside of his games. He would often also be seen taking shots even after a game was over with. It’s this narrow focus and repetition that made him a world-class athlete. He could have never achieved this level if he were juggling a lot of different tasks and taking on many roles. He narrowed his focus and eliminated everything else out of his life and now he is in the history books as a world-class athlete.
So let’s get this process started for you as well. What can you do well that no one else can? What 1-2 tasks can you narrow your focus on and repeat day after day? What can you start to eliminate out of your life to help you reach your goal? The moment you figure it out you will begin the process of being world-class in your field and you will begin to crush every single day. Begin the elimination process and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Good luck!
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