The goose that lays the golden eggs
In a recent webcast a listener asked:
“How did you handle it when you were building your business and life threw you curve balls?”
After giving that some careful thought I realised the answer was:
“Very differently at different times in my career.”
At first I was wildly tenacious.
I was curious.
How could I get round this obstacle?
How quickly could I get up after being torpedoed?
What was the fastest way to get my head straight again after something blocked my path completely?
It felt like good, clean fun somehow.
And then I slipped into a different phase…
I started forcing outcomes.
Nothing was going to stand between me and my goals. Nothing.
Now this can be good for a season. But it doesn’t work very well for longer than that.
I got frazzled.
I felt resentful.
I became a bit like a cardboard cut out of the real me – intensely focused… to the exclusion of all else.
I neglected myself very badly. And eventually I burned out.
I’d read about it years before, but suddenly with the power of hindsight (and the bruises from the humbling school of hard knocks), a concept from Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” started to make sense.
I’d been focused on my production. Like those golden eggs laid by the proverbial goose.
But I’d totally forgotten about the importance of the goose.
If the goose loses its health through neglect or over work, there can BE no more golden eggs!
So, lighten up a little!
Yes, tend to your physical needs while you work hard.
But remember you’re a human being. You also need to rest, to play, to connect with people just for the sake of connecting.
You’ll be a whole lot fresher for your work and your life when you do.
See you on the road,
PS Stephen’s book makes for intense reading…
For example, he explains what I just said as:
“To maintain the P/PC Balance, the balance between the golden egg (production) and the health and welfare of the goose (production capability) is often a difficult judgment call. But I suggest it is the very essence of effectiveness.”
But boy oh boy, it’s so worth taking the time to read / listen to it.
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See you on the road,