It can get too distracting (but exciting!) to learn all the newest things! Every day, there’s something else. An amazing expert everyone is talking about who seems to have JUST arrived on the scene. Your BFF is talking about the next book you NEED to read. And your 3rd cousin once removed begs you to take a seminar which will basically change your life. I mean, like, what if you miss out? What if you don’t know the latest and the greatest? Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s okay. Focus on being the master of one thing.
Not too long ago, I was taking Brendon Burchard back to the airport from my house. If you know Brendon, you know he’s high energy when he speaks at conventions, in videos, on his Podcast. But being a firsthand witness, I can report that he’s like this 24/7 – and I love him for that. So, we’re on the road, and he (animatedly) turns to me:
“Hey!!! Do you know so and so and so and so and so…???”
He must’ve listed 15 revelatory people. And, here’s me:
“Nope and nope and nope and nope and nope…”
But! He’s not finished. He tells me he HAS to introduce me to all these new peeps.
I listen, patiently.
Then, he begins to rattle off new books and wants to know if I’ve read them.
After what seemed like an eternity, I had to put on the brakes:
Brendon! Stop saying these names and these books and these seminars because I’m having heart palpitations! I don’t wanna know any new people who speak at conferences. I have no brain space for any new concepts. It’s nowhere on my list of priorities to go to any seminars. Don’t tell me about one more book! I just need to master what I’m learning right now. Just give me a minute to master that. Thank you. Love you.
We all have to know ourselves. Self awareness is everything.
And I know myself well enough to know that I’m like a drug addict for all these things Brendon was bringing to my attention (with utter enthusiasm and with only the best of intentions, I might add).
Who likes feeling overwhelmed? Not me! And I certainly don’t enjoy missing out on my family. Huge deal breaker right there. Not to mention, anybody who knows me knows there’s one thing I hate. And that’s doing things in a rushed, careless, and, ultimately, clumsy manner.
Pursue ONE thing and focus on it all the way.
Are you listening?
If you get caught up in the fear that you’re going to be missing out on all the latest & greatest, then you absolutely will never take time to implement what you’ve learned and/or are currently learning.
What you wind up doing is executing a fraction of knowledge on-the-fly. It’s going to be sloppy and get you nowhere.
That’s why you never feel like you’re doing your best.
So, with my permission, please decide what it is you want to learn this month. The approaching new year. Whatever.
Focus on that ONE thing, like a horse with blinders on.
And. Kill. It.
Tell me in the comments which ONE thing you’d like to focus and master. It might even make you more accountable.