Our team recently read I don’t have time – 15-minute ways to shape a life you love for our regular book club. This book is particularly relevant in our 24/7 world of connectivity. In particular, it highlighted for us the excuses that come along with this type of connected lifestyle, such as procrastination, delaying, and therefore not achieving the results we want from life, work, and relationships.
Here are a few key takeaways from the book about simply ‘getting on with it’ that can help you achieve the results you want now.
1. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.
A lot can be learned from this Chinese proverb – when you think it’s too late, it’s not. We all talk about resolutions and change in January, for example, why wait though? We can all make changes and improve our lives every day. It doesn’t have to be Monday or January or any other contrived start date, today is as good a day as any.
2. Imagine the change you want to see
As Einstein famously said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. In the book authors Emma Grey and Audrey Thomas challenge you to imagine you were eaves dropping on a conversation 6 months from now, write down a list of: what you want to hear, and what you will hear if nothing changes. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen on its own. Write the list, pin it up somewhere you can see it, and use this as motivation to keep being the change.
3. Perfectionism holds us back
One of the challenges raised in the book is that of perfectionism. Often we don’t get the results we want because we are busy getting in our own way.
Next time you put something off because you don’t think you are ready keep this in mind: “your work could always be improved on, but your time isn’t always best spent improving upon it”. This quote from the book should be a perfectionist’s mantra, and the key to getting the results you want is getting things done. Tick it off your list and move on to the next challenge.
4. Why do you think you can’t?
One point in the book was about challenging your core beliefs. If you think you can’t do something – why is that? Today is a different day to yesterday or the day before, things change. You won’t know if you can do it now unless you give it a shot.
Essentially, the only person standing in your way is you. Check in with yourself regularly and challenge your behaviour to really get the result you want. Whether you want to grow your business, get a promotion, buy a house, or go on your dream holiday, make it happen.