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20 Apr, 2021

Event Recap: Living a “No Try” Life: Finding your Boundless Self

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On Wednesday, March 24th, SMPS DC teamed up with the SMPS Columbia, Indiana and Research Triangle Chapters to host Andy Bailey from Petra Coach on this workshop-style session, geared towards eliminating the attitude of TRY in favor of DONE.

We Do This to Ourselves

Do you wake up most mornings, envision the list of 3 things you absolutely must get done today, then leave your house and begin the roller coaster, only to find at the end of the day that none of your 3 things got done? This is our biggest obstacle in the struggle to get things done and how we stagnate our own personal and professional growth. In this session, Andy demonstrated an easy approach to getting off the roller coaster and moving from a TRY mindset to a DONE.

The Human Brain Can Only Perform One Task at a Time

As marketers and business developers in the busy, prosperous A/E/C industry of our Nation’s Capital, most of our job descriptions can be summed up in one simple phrase: “excels at multi-tasking”. However, Andy reminded us that, simply put, your brain is still only able to perform one task at a time and that if your job requires you to be good at multi-tasking, you’ve only gotten really good at “switching tasks” which compromises productivity.

Do you spend hours in meetings, planning blog posts that go unwritten? Or devise elaborate lists of client prospects for campaigns that never get executed? You may be trapped in the attitude of TRY.

Envision a life of productivity – it’s not that difficult. You do it every time you’re about to go on vacation. You’re leaving on a Friday and know you will be gone for one week…how much do you accomplish that day? Social media posts get scheduled, action items get assigned to your team, clients get notified of your absence and lingering projects have an uncanny way of getting done quickly and efficiently. Imagine if you could perform at these high levels every day!

The Secret to Success is Found in Your Daily Routine

Andy assured us that such high-level productivity is within our reach by completing this simple exercise:

  1. Know where you are right now
  2. Identify where you want to go
  3. Think about how you’re going to get there

Andy encouraged participants to identify 3 life priorities, from which attendees worked backward, breaking goals apart into manageable bite-sized activities which could make up days, months, quarters, and years. As we marketers know, the best goals are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Based). By taking the time to clearly articulate our goals (“I would like to lose 25 pounds and be able to run a sub-10:00 mile by the completion of 2021” instead of “This year, I’m going to get in shape”), we’re able to identify small steps we can take to reach them (join a running program, take daily walks at lunch, identify 2 5K’s to run in later this year). Andy reminded us all that we must suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

Find Your Flow, Take One Large or Small Action Daily, and Reflect on Your Why

Each participant was encouraged to find their flow – mainly, the habits or behaviors when, done regularly, contribute to your life working well and feeling in focus. These may include:

  1. Drinking 64 oz. of water daily
  2. Meditate for 10 minutes every morning
  3. Eliminate all screens 1 hour before bedtime
  4. Read for 20 minutes daily

Once you’ve identified your Flow activities, track your ability to achieve all, or some of them every day. He also encouraged participants to write out their 3 selected priorities every day for 30 days. He reminded everyone that 30 days is all it takes to start forming a habit – by setting and tracking what’s important to you, you’re developing a visual path to chart your progress towards your goals.

Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and tasks are stored. Many will never realize their full potential for productivity because they’re bogged down with distractions, are focused on planning instead of accomplishing and have adopted a TRY attitude. Instead, try taking small S.M.A.R.T. daily steps towards your goals and watch your To-Do list transform into TO-DONE.