Diligence Business Resources

vs. laziness

Focusing my effort on the work at hand

To practice Diligence I will:

  • concentrate on my work
  • follow instructions
  • do a job right
  • finish my projects
  • not be lazy

Jack Canfield, known for his Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, is one of the foremost productivity experts and his message is the focus aspect of our definition of Diligence. There are many goal setting strategies in existence, but Canfield’s approach is about actionable steps and achieving the goals. With the focus of Diligence, you can find success faster.

He teaches breaking down goals until they are in bite-sized do-able pieces. Identifying tasks you can do today creates motivation to continue working up the list of tasks. Small, consistent actions can add up to large results. A daily goal review keeps progress in front of you and provides motivation for continued progress.

In his book, The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Confidence and Certainty, he believes that you need to focus on what you are good at and stick to it. He identifies this in his 4D Prioritizing Model:
Dump it
Delegate it
Defer it
Do it

‘Dump it’ refers to those tasks that are distractions, or busy work. “Don’t major in minor things” is a recurring theme in his books. In this age of information overload it is critical to weed out those things that are not advancing you toward your goals. ‘Delegate it’ is for the task that is not your strong suit and that can be handled by someone else more effectively. ‘Defer it’ is the ability to recognize those tasks that need to be done first and those that can be completed later without affecting outcomes. ‘Do it’ is for those tasks that are ready to be tackled.

Affirmations are a big part of his emphasis on focus in his book, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He has a formula for creating affirmations that keeps things very positive and visual. The more vividly you can imagine the reward, the more likely you are to act toward that vision. He uses the example of athletes envisioning success in competitions as motivating in both practice sessions and on the playing field.

This month, use the focus of Diligence to chart your path to achieving your success.

“You can’t hire someone Else to do your push-ups for you.”
― Jack Canfield, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

 

“Life doesn’t just happen to you. It’s all about choices and how you respond to every situation.”
― Jack Canfield, The Power of Focus: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Confidence and Certainty

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