There are so many choices available to us in the world we live in today. It’s not only confusing; it can be paralyzing. Still, if you want to get what you want, you must decide and get moving.
Living on a farm, I interact with many folks who live on farms, too – usually at Tractor Supply. We’re constantly gathering in the isles for the solution to the problem we’re having. It turns out that there are no instruction manuals for farm living. I’ve learned that we all have one thing in common; there is always something to do and never enough time.
Having lived in suburbia most of my life, I know I’m not alone. It’s hard enough to keep up with the day-to-day, forget about making process toward your goals. Still, growing and moving forward is the fuel that drives us. What’s needed is a way to focus on what happens next.
When I met Jim in the aisle that day, he was trying to figure out where his focus should be the following day. My solution was to ask him the same questions in three different ways –
What SHOULD you do that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal?
What CAN you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal?
What MUST you do today that will lead directly and quickly to achieving your goal?
His answer made me laugh,
“Should? Can? Must? You don’t leave a guy any wiggle room, do you?”
No. I don’t. It’s a matter of how badly you want to make progress. If you wish to coast long, there’s no need to answer those questions.