Escaping Moderate Success - Part 3

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Taking life, career, and/or business to a higher level, on one hand, is that thing we humans stress over and drive our lives into. If we stop to re-examine that word “higher”, it might be there is an opportunity not to just to go to. But, to go through. This blog series is about just that. Going through partial success to something better. 

Part I – The trap is a certain level of success so demanding we can’t get through it to the full success.

Part II – That full success is the life that makes us feel so good we can’t stand it. Lot’s more of the good and way less of whatever it is we don’t want.

Part III – This little gem is about creating more by doing less.

Creating more by doing less means getting out of your own way. Getting clear on what you really want. Maybe stop doing it the hard way. Or, stop doing the wrong things. I am not trying to be a wise guy. I was the artist at doing it the hard way. Took it to new levels of perfection.

I see into the lives, careers, and businesses of successful people every day.  Fabulously successful individuals who tell me about all the things they want more of in their lives. And, the parts they wish could just disappear. 

Let me create a real-life illustration, distilling it down to a few elements. Let’s say my friend Ralph is:

A.    Very financial successful.

B.    Not physically fit in any way. 

Ralph’s health and fitness condition are not what he wants in his life. He knows he needs to work out. Tries working with a trainer for spots of time every now and then. Tries to eat better, but it doesn’t stick.

I could futz around and worry about being politically correct or hurting the feelings of my fictitious friend. But, let’s get to it. He does not want to be overweight and out-of-shape. He wants to live a long time. He wants to feel good, full of energy, and alive. This gets us straight into the notion of partial success. Very successful on one hand, not very on the other.

So, if I had $30 million in the bank and was 50 lbs. overweight, vs. $25 million in the bank and fit and healthy….  Which is better? Well, whichever one I define as better. Personally, the second scenario would represent success. The first would not. 

Of course, it won’t cost $5 million to lose the 50 lbs! It will involve change. Now, riddle me this Batman. Here is a great man who has built a business from nothing and accumulated $30 million. He is a creator! We look at parts of his life and go, WOW! Consider all the really difficult things he has done. The brilliant moves he’s made, the risk he’s taken, and all the rest. Say it again. This dude is a creator. Yet, he can’t get out of his own way enough to create the fitness he says he wants.

What would creating more by doing less look like? Start with a week. A grand total of 168 hours. What would happen if he took 10 hours a week out of that and reallocated it to health and fitness? That’s a pretty good chunk of time. What if he carved out 15 hours and spent 5 of those on his back deck contemplating the meaning of life? What if, by creating some space for himself and by using a big part of this newly found time to get in shape, he looked up after awhile and had money and fitness? What would it mean to him to not have to carry all that weight around? To have more energy and feel 10 years younger?

That starts to sound to me like creating more by doing less! Oversimplified, I know. You want to add another dozen complicating factors? OK. Ralph has already proven he can create. The rest is just getting out of his own way. As one way of looking at it, he has baked the cake. He put decades of dirty hard work into creating his business and fortune. This is just icing. The effort to create good health should be minuscule compared to what he has already done. And, at this point, more important than almost anything.

Of course, it is more complicated than simply reallocating some time. My fictitious friend Ralph can do math. Reallocating time is easy enough to write out. One might say it should be easy enough to execute. Yet, the weight and unhealthy conditions are there staring him in the mirror every day. And, of course, this is just the example to pick on. We could talk about marriage, struggles over kids, stress, financial complications, or two dozen more.

The amount of money in the example isn’t relevant either. Someone with a busy career can argue he or she doesn’t have the time. “If I had $30 million I wouldn’t be working and I’d have time to get in shape.” "Once I retire, I will get in shape.” Really? The points I am making are universal truths.

 I plan to keep going with this message. With my next blog, I'll move into the rest of the equation. The “how to”. I expect that to be two weeks from now. See you then!

I invite you to reach out to me by phone or email. I will make the time to have a conversation that could change your life, including your financial outlook. Or, the life of someone you care about.