Work It!

Yesterday’s post (Quote Roulette #8) talked about the power of small habits stacked or chained on top of one another. How they can create over time some incredible changes towards achievements we want. There are systems in use all around us. Ones we can see or feel as well as ones we cannot. Think about all the systems that affect us. Once you can see them all around you, you can tap into them.

We need to lose the systems what we cannot control, worrying about them less so the ones we can use will aide use better. You cannot have total control over all the systems that is in your life. Yet we use precious energy trying. It’s exhausting. There are just as many we can control. We only have to step into them to better manage them, to work them to our advantage.

“Most people don’t fail by making overt mistakes. They fail, because they don’t take action.”

The first step is bringing some pause intentionally (there’s that word intention again) to bring the systems we can control or influence into view. So we can analyze them. We need to go deep. We miss out the potential of these systems everyday because we don’t take the time to pause to go deep in how they work towards our benefit. Once we got the best angle into the system’s purpose, it’s an incredible benefit in our work. Think of it this way, every systems is only as good as its components. Once you take a step back and really see the individual parts, then you’ll have the perspective as well as a better idea of what problems need fixing.

“You must stand outside of it if you are to see how you are a part of it.”

Now we know how we can bend the system to our needs, it’s time to drive it to its fullest potential. Just like driving a car requires you to somewhat know where you’re driving to as a destination, the system you driving needs a focus or end point. As we drive along two points we can run into inclement weather. We find out what weather is in our path by using a weather app or TV weather stations so we plan on traveling through. As you move through it, you learn how to drive in that bad weather. The next time you face the same weather you will be more efficient traveling through it because you learned how to. It’s not seen as a blocker any more, but a learning that help us become more confident next time.

The same concept needs to be applied to your newly discovered system. Once you’re in the driver seat and have your destination on your way you’re bound to run into some “bad weather.” You will have inclement weather to face and move through. We must position our thinking to realize these “storms” as opportunities to put the systems to the test. The storms we move through will improve the functionality of the system. Make it better. Don’t avoid them, drive in and through them. You can influence any system you belong to in this manner with this approach.

“First you work your systems, then your systems do the work.”

We make a major mistake if we just assume hard work will equal automatics success. Working on the wrong things, the wrong systems, will ensure you never see success. To make the most of our 2019 goals we have to identitfy the systems within we operate, examine the details of how they work, and look at any possible setbacks in our path as opportunities to test the system we’re using. To fine tune or influence the systems to be better for the next needs.

Any system we discern does not work in our favor, we need to let it go and look for another that will. Best of luck as you continue on your path in 2019 for the best version of yourself!

✌🏻 Shawn

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