March 11, 2011
So I went to check my blog today and I saw that David O’Donnell down in Greenville, S.C., who works with National Agents Alliance and is one of our top producers and fastest growing agency managers, had been reading my blog, specifically the one I just wrote on “The audacity of white sheeting.”
If you have read the blog I’m referring to, go read it now. After that, come back and read this one so it all makes sense to you and you know what I’m talking about.
First of all, David didn’t just read my blog, he then engaged by leaving not only a comment, but he also asked a question – a great question!
Of course, questions get my brain going and I started thinking that I should select the best questions people leave on my blog and address them with shorter blogs. David, congratulations on reading and engaging! I like it and I want to encourage you and the rest of the people that visit my Web site to continue to send me comments and questions.
Who knows, I might pick your question or comment and write about it!
Here’s David’s question: When did you start this positive habit and how long did it take you to discipline yourself to be consistent?
Now, David’s question is not just about white sheeting, but it’s more about a person’s work ethic here. Does that make sense? See if you are disciplined enough to take the time to white sheet, then you are probably a person that is consistent in other avenues of life too. Successful people in business and in life are consistent. There’s not really some big secret they know that others don’t, they just know how to consistently do what they are good at. Here’s another hint: they probably work hard too!
It takes practice and effort to get good at something. Those that know this, eventually become great!
It’s like getting good at anything whether you are playing cards, playing basketball or running an Ironman race. You just start out doing all that you can.
David, I would remember to get out a sheet of white paper from time to time and just try it. I don’t do it every day, every week or only on Tuesdays. I just do it. I do it as much as I can.
My strategy has been for a long time now to do what I can do. I’m not big on setting limited goals, I’m not sitting on things that I’ve got to do, I just do all that I can do … all I can every day, all out. So, like I’ve been saying … it’s all out, all year long! You’ve got to do one thing correctly right now!
Then, you do another thing right tomorrow morning and another thing right for lunch. If you keep doing one thing right, it will start to mount up.
It fires me up when people ask me what they should do next. Start by moving, change your surroundings, do something you normally wouldn’t do. Just keep working at different things and find out what you do well. White sheeting is one of those things I do that I’ve found to be an effective way to help me be productive.
Great question David! Keep them coming folks.