Many of us have a desire to fix things with more. More is a broken strategy because more is always linked to more, more. In case that didn’t land: doing more begets doing more until the vessel breaks.
The most basic picture I can show you is with time. We all have the same 24 hrs a day. I can choose to sleep, I can choose to do personal tasks, or I can choose to do business tasks.
sleep + business + personal = 24hrs *side note at the end
7 (S) + 6 (B) + 11 (P) = 24hrs
If there is a challenge in my business: I need to invest more time to get more business to grow revenue. More=I can make more calls to get more business. I spend an hour on calls every day. Simple, I’ll spend two hours on my calls every day.
7 (S) + 7 (B)(extra hour of calls) +11 (P) = 25hrs
The math doesn’t work.
Now Randy, let’s be fair. I would just cut out something I am doing in my business to make up the hour and focus there. And I would agree. Yet, many of us would consider everything we do as essential in our schedule, and not cut.
Here is what I observe all the time:
- I am doing pretty well.
- My version of good is getting somewhat depressed.
- I’ll do more. (by cutting into personal time or sleep)
- My this-version-of-more is now running out of juice.
- Who is doing more than my more?
- Perfect, Ill emulate your version of more and get the more that you more.
- Randy, can you help me? This doesn’t seem to be working.
- Why don’t we look at your systems and find where we can get better or leverage some things.
- I don’t have time for that.
More is never really an option. It’s all about better and leverage. How can I do this better to give me the time to do that? How can I leverage this to provide me with time to do that?
Give up more and start CHUNKING your life into better. We are all spending the same 24hrs.
SOAP BOX: I will tell you this as a side note, there seems to be a disease with more. People want to have the biggest stash of more to talk about how more they are than you. They want their more awards. A more award is like saying, look at me; I am the fattest person alive. Where is the meaning behind our strives for more? If you don’t have a proper answer for that, then you are on a slippery slope to losing purpose in your life.
*SIDE NOTE FROM 3rd PARAGRAPH:
The next step to this equation is to break down our time management. That is still a “better” conversation, not a “more” conversation. My 11hrs of personal time will be filled with eating, playing, self-love, coffee breaks, bathroom breaks, and on and on. I can certainly start better and leverage by having intentional balance in my schedule.
In the video below, I explain a bit more on HOW TO “better” and “leverage.” (Calendars, Conversion Rations, and Leverage)