I used to exercise every day from many years but with no results, until recently. My body and muscles seem to be changing and are quite stronger now. So what is it that was done differently just now?
It was actually less time spent in exercising but what matters is how I did spend that time.
Rather than the same workout from many years, now I am mixing my exercise with the new routines, focusing the effort wisely, changing exercise for muscles and adding power moves and balance challenges.
So what I basically got t think was that spending hour on the treadmill didn’t have much impact though using that hour differently did lead to improvement. It’s not that we don’t put effort, it is how we translate the efforts into getting optimum results.
Basic rule is simple: We spend certain time doing the things —meetings, making decisions. Only if we can just make higher impact within that time, all becomes upside without any cost.
So here goes the question: What right now i can do which would be of most perfect use at this moment?Which action could I take? Which question could I ask? Which decision could I make which would have greatest impact?
It is not easy answering such questions and then just following the answers. It takes courage but is what would bring payoff.
I do remember sitting in one meeting with a big bank’s CEO and head of the HR and just before meeting, CEO told me he didn’t have any confidence left in HR chief and that he shouldn’t work there anymore.
Then, during meeting, HR head asked CEO for the feedback. CEO talked about dysfunction and how he was disappointed, but didn’t tell the feedback straightaway.That’s what happens to most of us. Out of fear of hurting the others’ feelings, we waste time and don’t reach any conclusions.
Failure, rejection and even ridicule — such are risks associated with making best use of the moment. Though I think, boldness, coupled with much skilled communication, mostly pays off as it moves energy of some situation and also creates some new possibilities.
The critical step is taking bold action which creates the new opportunities and happens to be an important skill for a leader.Lately, I saw one short video which illustrates payoff of risk reward perfectly. A student in a university asked his professor if he could play piano, all of a sudden. Everyone was hushed up, and after some silence, the professor said, OK. The student in fact had taken big risk as he asked that and tension in room was immense.
We often find ourselves in such situations when we want to say anything and let that moment just pass by. So, next time, you are in such situation, pay heed. Notice feelings and your body’s physical sensation as well as heart beating. One can feel conflicting urge of acting or not to act. The first step in to get in touch with such feelings.
According to Woody Allen, 80% of the success is just showing up and that might be true. So other 20% happens to be very important. Only watching TV while on treadmill or only showing up isn’t enough. The greatest opportunity is utilizing effectively the time. To take the risks to shake the things up.