Most time is wasted, not in hours, but in minutes. A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately kicked over. Paul J. Meyer
Today’s episode is a simple one. It’s also a short one as it is both a lesson and a call to action. I want to ask you one question? Do you have a hole in your bucket?
OK let’s get a little more specific here - What one thing in your life is holding you back or keeping you down? And a follow-up question might be - what are you planning to do about it?
What one thing, that you can actively do something about, is keeping you back or holding you down? Think about it. I won’t be surprised if you already know what it is but you have failed to do anything about it.
I can guess that for many of you it may be who you are spending your time with. Toxic people are everywhere so if you want to get ahead you need to get rid of them. Is someone always dragging you down or do you always feel guilty about leaving someone you know out of your plans? Do you repeatedly spend time with these people? Do they leave you de-energized and spent? – Then that’s the hole in your bucket.
Here’s another - are you forever chasing the next shiny new thing and never actually getting any work done? If you are a filmmaker, do you long for the next camera, or lens or camera but never actually take them out and use them. Then that’s the hole in your bucket and you need to train yourself to stop it.
Do you say yes to everything that comes along? Then that’s the hold in your bucket. You need to start saying no to the things that don’t matter so that you can say yes to the things that do.
Are you all talk and no action? Do you enjoy the sound of your own voice so much that you’ve actually started to believe your own hype? Then that’s the problem. You need to get back in touch with reality and wake up.
Are you holding yourself back with an inner critic? Does the little devil in your head constantly tell you that you are no good or that life is pointless or that this person or that person is better than you? Then you need to deal with that. That’s the hole in your bucket but it’s easier to fix than you think. Get over your pride and talk to someone about it Talking therapy isn’t as expensive as you think, maybe an expert can help.
Are you a forever procrastinator? Or a perfectionist, always striving for the ideal moment when the stars are in alignment before you start working on your goals? There are ways out of that too – and I've done a wad of shows about it so you have no excuse.
Are you caught in a job or a relationship that you hate, that sucks the life out of you and leaves you with nothing? Then what can you do about it? Don’t be a woose. Get yourself together and move on.
What one thing in your life is stopping you from moving forward? I need you to identify it. To name it out loud and as DDP keeps on saying, don’t just think it ink it. If you can identify where you are losing your time or your energy or your money or your joy and happiness then you can start making plans to stop that hole. I’ve countless episodes on procrastination so you are not short of options, on that one, I’ve covered mental energy and mental health, the inner critic and procrastination. Identify what is keeping you back and take action to fix it. It’s true you can’t get out of poverty in 5 minutes but you could make plans to get out of it over the course of a year perhaps, you could cut someone off that you know keeps you back right now if you had the courage to do it.
What’s the hole in your life or career that’s destroying your productivity? Name it. And make a plan to fix it. Then once you have your plan – put it into action. Without action, it’s all just hot air. Listen to me and get it done. This right now is your opportunity. Take action and plug that hole.
Next week’s show is all about making a not-to-do list. That's a list of things that you will not, under any circumstances do.
“Don't associate yourself with toxic people. It's better to be alone and love yourself than surrounded by people that make you hate yourself.” Robin Williams
This episode is sponsored by my friend James McCreadie
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