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Prioritization: Putting it into Practice

Last week, we discussed the importance of prioritization, and I’d like to revisit a core concept from my book, the idea of “should.” We often use the word “should” in our daily lives, like, “I should lose weight” or “I should go to the gym.” But let’s talk about why you shouldn’t “should” yourself, or others for that matter.

Instead, let’s focus on a new foundation: “could.” Imagine you have unlimited resources—time, money, energy. What could you do with them? Let’s start with that abundance mindset and then bring it back to reality. What can you do with the resources you have available today? This is where the commitment comes in. It’s about turning that pain into passion and defining your purpose.

So, what will you do today? It’s not just about setting goals; it’s about actionable steps. Take losing weight, for example. Instead of saying, “I will lose weight,” think about what you will do to achieve it. Maybe it’s starting to eat healthier, getting more sleep, or working out regularly. When you focus on the actions, the results take care of themselves.

Now, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of practice. There are a few strategies I’d like to share with you, and I’m going to frame them in my three steps to success in life: “do the thing,” “tell the world,” and “show up.”

First off, “do the thing.” Did you know it takes 21 days to form a habit? And for every day you miss, it takes two days to get back on track. So, you’ve got to be consistent. For instance, I’m currently working on not drinking coffee within 90 minutes of waking up. I went four days without slipping, but then I forgot on day five and had to start over. It’s a process, and it’s okay to slip up. Just remember to understand why and find solutions.

Next, “tell the world.” Did you know that you’re 42% more likely to complete a task when you share it with someone else? So, start by telling yourself and write it down. I’ve got scribbled notes all over my desk, reminding me of my goals and ideas. When you share your goals with someone, you’re 78% more likely to achieve them. It holds you accountable, and it’s a powerful motivator.

Now, “show up.” This is where you have to put in the effort consistently. It’s about building momentum. You can take different approaches, just like in politics. You can start with small, achievable tasks, or you can tackle the most significant challenge right away. Remember President Trump’s approach with North Korea? He went for the big challenge first, and it set the tone for the rest. In business, too, sometimes it’s about identifying the one thing that will make the most significant impact and going for it.

Lastly, prioritize by doing the thing that scares you the most. Conquer that fear, whether it’s reaching out to someone, sending that difficult email, or taking on a challenging task. This sets the tone for the rest of your day and frees up mental space that would otherwise be occupied by fear or doubt.

So, to wrap it up, make a 5-minute plan, a 1-day plan, and a 7-day plan. Prioritize your goals and take actionable steps every week. Trust me; you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve with consistent effort.

Remember, success in life comes down to three simple steps: “do the thing,” “tell the world,” and “show up.” I’m on this journey with you, pushing forward every day, even when it gets scary. So, find what scares you the most and conquer it. Keep taking those steps toward your goals, and don’t forget to celebrate your victories with others who support you along the way.

Thanks for joining me again this week, and remember, you have the power to make your dreams a reality. So, what will you do today to get closer to your goals? It’s all about taking that step. Have a fantastic week, everyone!

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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