I travel worldwide, asking people what their biggest goals, hopes, and dreams are, along with the challenges that are in the way of those realities. Next, I try to understand what they are doing to prepare to meet and overcome the obstacles to achieving their dreams. It is amazing how often people tell me about what they are planning to do and what they did versus what they are actually doing.
The power lies in what we are doing to move ourselves closer to our goal. Every day we are either growing or regressing—never do we stay the same. This is where the importance of training comes in. The common trait of highly successful people is that they constantly train their minds, bodies, and spirits. Lincoln said it this way, if I had 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first 4 sharpening my saw. Can you imagine a coach telling you that his team’s goal is to win the championship but that they don’t practice very often? So why do so many of us do this in our lives? The answer I usually get is, “I would like to train more, John, but I don’t have enough time.” What you are really telling me is that you aren’t committed to achieving your goals. Or, perhaps you lack the information as to what it takes to be successful. Sometimes it is even a combination of both.
While there is no magic bullet for how much time we should spend practicing versus performing, I would suggest that it is much closer to Lincoln’s 2 to 1 formula. Training is not something you did. It is something you do. Take a moment and look back over the past 168 hours (a week) and assess how much time you spent in training. If you want to improve your life, increase the amount of time you spend training and tending to mind, body, and spirit. These three areas are like a three-legged stool—you cannot work hard on one or two and neglect the third and expect to be successful. I often suggest identifying your greatest weakness in these three areas and focus on turning it into a strength while maintaining the other two. If you are looking for any direction in this area, reach out to me. I would be glad to hop on a short call to help ignite a catalyst for your desire to grow. There is no greater investment that you can make than the investment in yourself, allowing you to be more useful to everyone in your life.