One of my favorite quotes from Stephen Covey could be a great subtitle for what I’ve been thinking about lately:
“The secret is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
For the first two years of the reboot of the New Inceptions, I was working on content pretty much daily. Whether it was writing a blog post or working on the AoL Podcast (and becoming an audiophile), I was doing the work that I thought I should be doing to get ahead in this online business world.
As you might have heard on the show itself (or even on other shows I’ve been a guest on recently) I’m starting to see a bit of a shift from entrepreneurs being more interested in “hustling” to being more about “lifestyle design”.
I’ve also noticed that there’s a bit of a formula for those who seem to get it all done but also live life to the fullest.
In this post, I want to touch a little bit about both.
Find Your Niche: Home is Where the Heart Is
In the last week or so, I finally released the guide called Uncover Your Personal Mission. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s the gist. It helps you find your personal mission and start thinking about what kinds of businesses you would excel in. Your mission is the combination of what you love (your passion), what you’re good at (your process), and how you can provide value to other people (your purpose). I call it the 3 P’s. (Some refer to one’s personal mission as the Sweet Spot.)
In the resource, I give 9 questions per P to help you determine what it is if you don’t already know.
I wish it was something that I had access to when I was going through high school and college. It would have made my time in each more enjoyable and more focused.
Now that this resource is out there, I’ve been hearing more and more people in different podcasts talking about the importance of finding your mission. While they might use different terminology (Determining Your Sweet Spot, Finding Home, “Goldilocks” zone, etc), it’s all hovering around the same concept: How to learn what you’re supposed to as a grown up.
If You Won the Lottery, What Would You Do Differently?
Recently in the US we had a lottery where the winner had the opportunity to win $2 billion dollars.
When I was thinking about buying some tickets, a question came up. If I won, what would I change in my day to day work schedule?
I really couldn’t think of anything. Sure I might hire a team to help me do more, but I’m already starting to get a lot of that support through the Amplify team.
With that in mind, it occurred to me that while my life isn’t perfect, I’m pretty happy in general.
Because, after all, happiness isn’t the result of the obtaining the end goal itself. It’s all about the pursuit of something that you care about.
Pursuing Meaning at a High Level
It’s one thing to know what you’re supposed to do, it’s quite another to actually do work on a daily basis that will get you to where you want to be.
This is why one of my favorite thought leaders, Brendon Burchard, researched and released a book called High Performance Habits.
Now a lot of you guys might know Brendon for starting Experts Academy. That’s how I first learned of him myself. But since then, he’s also put a TON of time and effort in studying the habits that the top performers in the world practice regularly.
And believe it or not, one of the things that you don’t necessarily want to focus on is honing your strengths! (Yeah, crazy, huh?)
6 Habits of High Performers
Here are the 6 habits all high achievers should be focusing on:
- Seeking clarity
- Generating energy
- Raising necessity
- Increasing productivity
- Developing influence
- Demonstrating courage.
Now, after reading that list, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might realize that I already write about some of these.
Interestingly, I’ve already talked about clarity in this very post!
However, while finding your personal mission right now is a big help in getting started, it’s something you need to keep track of regularly. Life changes around us, and as that happens, we need to keep the right priorities in front of us. Because they will change.
And just as you should keep track of what’s important to you, it’s also important to develop and track your progress in these other 5 habits.
Sure, you can do it on your own in spreadsheets, but, in the last week or so I’ve learned that Brendon is releasing his own “journal” to help us.
However, it’s not just a journal. In fact, if you’re familiar with the 5 Minute Journal (which has been a favorite of mine for sometime) – it sounds like it builds on it. (I haven’t received mine yet to fully talk about what it is and isn’t.)
So guys, I think 2019 and 2020 are going to be years of change. People you’ve known for “hustling” for the last 5 to 10 years are going to start discussing “lifestyle” more often.
The truth is that everyone in this “online entrepreneurial” space has gotten just a wee bit older. They don’t feel the need to grind as much. On top of that, as more Millennials enter this space, “meaning’ is just going to become an ever larger presence.
So do yourself a favor. Find out what your personal mission is and then start executing it with those 6 habits!