When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do is check my phone. I bet you do too, so shut it. Even funnier, if you are reading this first thing in the morning. This behavior is reactive. We check our mobile device and immediately react to what it tells us. We react to emails, texts, tweets, Facebook updates, LinkedIn messages, etc. This creates a feeling as if a bear is chasing us, first thing in the morning.
The minute we realize we have action to react to from our mobile device, we don’t think. We react. Hurry…Hurry…respond, email, tweet, respond to more, tweet, text…hurry. The bear is chasing you. Run, baby run. But where are you running to?
Stop running when you become tired from the bear chasing you. Outsmart the beast. Instead, write down 3 things you will do each day. Make them broad, but related to your purpose in life or work. Justify your reactions to only those 3 things and proactively hunt to move those 3 things along. In my current work life, it’s all about recruiting, culture, and technology. I react and hunt related to those 3 things. That’s it. Anything more is for sometime in the future, but not today.
What bear is chasing you today? Will it get you?
Photo Credit: The Field Museum Library