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Too Much Weight To Carry Around

A Hero’s Tale

 
The backpack is a convenient thing. This morning, I’m drinking coffee that I brewed in a French Press, and I’m messing around with a few projects.

Some that are on track to launch, others are still in the creative phase.

I found myself thinking about how people like you and I tend to approach this work, and what might make us more successful. But there’s a problem!

The Backpack Is Full

For some people, today is a day just like any other. For others, it’s another heroes story.

The hero goes on a perilous journey, doing many good things, facing dangers, etc.

They succumb to the peril and die, only to rise again with new wisdom and capabilities.

Part of that death is a shedding of all the previous complications of the hero’s life until that moment.

And here’s how I tie that to business, and you.
 

The Backpack

 
Pretend all your work stuff could fit into a backpack. Everything you need to manage your tasks is in there.

But you’ve been adding projects, adding research, adding new software to check out, adding, adding, adding.

What happens is this,

  • We get bogged down
  • We ignore lots of what’s in the pack
  • We carry too much in the -just in case- or -what if- department
  • We use old templates based on our old capabilities in the pack
  • We think we can’t take on more because the pack is full
  •  

    Shake That Pack Empty!

     

    The Purge

     
    You need a reset. You need to dump everything out on the table and look it all over with no nostalgia.

    Shake off your stress for a minute, too. That’s your pack from the dead moment.

    Let Yourself Feel Light And Reset

    Now, what goes in the pack? What’s necessary,

  • A map; The map of where you are right now, your list of projects
  • Writing utensils; Pens to mark where to go, your intentions
  • A compass; A way to measure progress and success
  •  
    Tools for the right jobs, your skills and technology but remember to keep this light.
     

  • A mobile phone; Your connections to others
  • Food, learning material and community
  •  

    Too Much Weight To Carry Around

     

    That’s what goes in your shaken out backpack.

    Oh, wait. What did we leave behind? What didn’t go back in the pack?
     

    Distractions!

     

  • Facebook; I deleted Facebook from my phone recently
  • And keep the tab off my browser except for later in the day.

  • Shoulds; You’re never going to read those PDFs in that folder
  • Delete them all.

  • Weak yeses; That stuff you should’ve said no to but didn’t
  • Go back and apologise and break off the project.

  • Keeping up; Staying up to speed with the industry is a waste of time
  • Be more successful. People will want to keep up with you.

  • Excuses; They take up a lot of room
  • Pretty light pack now, right? Look back at the list of what goes in your backpack.

    Today’s a great day to ponder rebirth.

    You Have The Rest Of The Year To Thrive

    Shake out that backpack and repack it with the essentials. I suspect it’ll serve you better. Deal???

    Big Should, Little Should, Stop Should

    The Backpack

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