Pick Your Battles



You can’t win everything.  In his book, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” author Marshall Goldsmith calls this a habit that is preventing your success.

“Winning too much.”  It’s a symptom that is often displayed by successful people.  Everything has to be won.  No matter how big or small.

But in reality this is a practice that can’t be sustainable.

Nor do you want to.

First of all, it’s exhausting.  If you are so concerned about winning every little battle, you may not have enough in the tank to win the big ones in the future.

Second, you lose sight of the big picture.  As a leader, you need to provide vision and focus to those who look to you for guidance.  Let them win too.  Remember, your success story is a multi-book series, not a one hit wonder.

So take some time this week to figure out what battles you need to win.

Prioritize your list.  Not everything is going to be a priority.  Stick to the top 1 or 2.

Let others take on your battles as well.  Let them win.  Give them credit.

They’ll love you for it.

And they’ll be inspired to win more for you.



Don’t Over Do It

Better Safe Than Sorry

Better safe than sorry.

Yes, but in my world, what you often see are people who are trying to do too much.  It’s unnecessary.  In fact, it can become counterproductive.

Marshall Goldsmith calls this the “adding too much value” principle.

When you have a great idea, do it!  Go and execute the idea.  Don’t try to constantly edit and make incremental improvements to it.

Do it.  Try it.  Make it.  Break it.

Do NOT try to make it perfect before it’s ready.  Why?

This kills momentum.

If you keep on trying to make the idea better, the initial great idea may only improve by 5%, but your motivation to complete it now just reduced by 50%.

So forget the constant tinkering, tweaking, and “adding value” to the idea.

It’s good enough.

Start doing.

I’m taking Marshall’s advice and stopping the blog here.  Time to go execute a good idea.