Do you have trouble juggling work, family, social events while trying to build a business or create art? This is a common area of struggle for people and I would like to share a story.
Over lunch with sales coach Pierce Marrs, he told me about how he started his business. He was thinking of starting a weekly blog, a podcast and a newsletter all at once. Pierce has a successful career in sales, a family and church activities he is involved with. His friend, Chuck Bowen, advised him that he only has so much room on his plate left after family, church and career. It may be a little corner or an area big enough for an apple but there is limited space. Chuck told him to put one thing in that space, a blog, newsletter or podcast, and do it consistently every week. When you get successful with that, then move on.
Pierce took Chuck’s advise and started a newsletter. Week in, week out Pierce got his sales newsletter out. It was picked up by a real estate office, then another sales organization started sharing it. Pierce started to get speaking requests and after he had a successful newsletter he started a successful podcast, The Shark Tank Podcast.
If you’re trying to start something new whether it is an exercise program or a business, visualize your plate. What will fit on it time wise that you can do consistently every week with excellence. Then focus on that one thing and start there.
Here are a couple of great articles on focus for further study:
Zen Habits, Focus
Stephen Pressfield, Urgent vs. Important
What’s on your plate? What are you going to focus on?