If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.
I’m reminding myself this more than anything. I have so many ideas that I could see becoming something real and magically, but that doesn’t mean a lick of salt if I don’t prioritize one and create it. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said it best “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”
The logic is fairly straight forward:
Divide our time into too many “buckets,” and we’ll have a whole lot of unfinished, mostly empty projects. In the immortal words of Jar Jar Binks, “Dissen gonna be bery messy! Me no watchin!”
Or we can choose one project, a few at most, and pour all our time and energy into them until we’ve finished them and then work on the next one.
It’s like wanting passive income or multiple revenue streams. We don’t just start right out the gate with a dozen income streams at once. First, we’ve got to get one thing going super well. Are we creating something valuable? Are we creating something worth buying? Are we sharing what we are doing? Good. Once we find one thing that works, then we start another.
I’m always tripping on this because I love making things, and there are always new ideas and interesting avenues to take.
You can use a thousand boards of wood to being building a thousand houses, or you could use all the wood to build a single killer house.
- “Out of all the projects I start, how many do I actually finish?”
- “What’s one thing I want to prioritize and finish right now?”
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1057
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