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May 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

Waiting

 

Why are you waiting? What are you waiting for? These questions may be haunting to you. Haunting particularly if you aren’t one who makes decisions easily. For the indecisive person they are waiting on well….. almost everything. Indecision or the mere unsettled nature of waiting creates tension, stress and holds you back from the life you desire.

“He who knows others is wise: he who knows himself is enlightened”

                                    –  Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

Understanding your ability or inability to make decisions is hyper-critical to one’s success in business and life.  Early in the Discovery Phase of Drive Planning’s #BeIntentional process are efforts to gain a deeper understanding of you and where your strengths lie. One method of self-discovery is understanding someone’s Kolbe A Index. This measurement seeks to find your strengths in four categories; Fact Finder, Follow Through, Quick Start and Implementer. You can learn more about this from a previous blog post, How To Find Your Superpower.

For now, let’s get back to the person who is playing the waiting game. Referencing the Kolbe A Index, I have found that most often times those who struggle with taking the step tend to score high in the Fact Finder category of the Kolbe Testing. To generalize, a high Fact Finder is always seeking more information prior to deciding. Even when intuitively they know it is a decision that is likely in their best interest.

Not surprisingly to me; the most successful people are great decision makers and do not always need all the facts to support their decision. This “Quick Start” wiring is the makeup of most of the CEO’s and business leaders in America.

The brilliant Seth Godin recently wrote, Facts are not the antidote to doubt. A brilliant blog post citing that indecision is almost always rooted in fear. He continues by stating, enrollment or engagement is the way to earn trust and ultimately move forward.

So, my encouragement to anyone who is waiting to move forward is that you begin with a deep understanding of your personal DNA or simply how you are wired. This journey in self-discovery may help you to identify areas where you are operating out of fear. It may help you to realize that there are areas where you may not have all the facts but you need to trust by engaging.

 

Maxwell Getting Started

 

My goal, along with each of the Drive Planning Team members, is to help you go further faster. If there is a decision you need to make or something that you know that you should do; allow us to encourage you to have faith or possibly assist you with understanding your best next step.

 

October 4, 1993: The Mogadishu Mile

Our troops are under fire. Casualties are mounting and The US Army Rangers Commander instructs a young Ranger to Drive the Humvee! He responds, “But sir, I’ve been shot!”. The Army Ranger Commander, “Everyone’s been shot! Drive The Humvee!”

This scene was portrayed in Director, Ridley Scott’s 2002 movie Black Hawk Down. Follow this link to watch The Mogadishu Mile Scene.

 

Drive the Humvee

 

This past weekend I spent 3 days at The Souly Business Conference. Set on beautiful Lake Allatoona at Camp High Harbor; 200 men have gathered each quarter for the past 14 years to experience the grace of Jesus and the acceptance, love and fellowship within this community of men. I highly recommend Souly Business to any man who desires to experience life with a community of men who strive for greater authenticity, intentionality and purpose.

 

While at Souly Business we had the honor of hearing from Retired US Army Colonel Paul Trotti, Sr. on the topic, Finishing Well. His presence and resume certainly gave him credibility to speak on the subject. He recounted The Mogadishu Mile Scene in Black Hawk Down from his friend’s perspective, The US Army Ranger Commander, played by actor Tom Sizemore in the movie. Colonel Trotti a commanding silver haired man in fatigues, combat boots and an impressive physique for anyone, particularly someone near 70 years of age.

 

Colonel Trotti, a regular attendee to Souly Business knows that all humans, certainly men, are broken. Broken in that we all struggle with regret, lack of confidence, guilt, greed, impure hearts and this list could go on and on, ultimately sin. However, his encouragement was that we are all in this together and that everyone has a past, “we’ve all been shot.” Though wounded we can’t allow that to define us. We must pick ourselves up and keep living intentionally in order to finish well. Certainly a message that sounds familiar to our Drive Planning Members!

 

If this message finds you at a point of despair or wanting to give up. Remember We’ve all been shot. You aren’t alone nor should you try and work it all out alone. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss moving forward in a group or simply with greater accountability.

 

The group of guys (My Northpoint Men’s Leadership Group) that I attended with became a much closer Band of Brothers over the weekend.  If you aren’t familiar with the idea of a Band of Brothers, follow this link to David Robertson’s article, Band of Brothers. Personally, I am thankful to have them in my life.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17

 

As a group, we have adopted the rallying cry, Drive the Humvee! So, I’ll finish with this; We all have experiences, great ones and not so great ones in our past. In Christ, you are forgiven. Regardless of how wounded you may feel, it may be time for you to Drive the Humvee and Finish Well!

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A key element to living a successful life is reducing the stress that you experience. If you have been a Drive Planning Member for long you will recognize the theme of automation. This continues to weigh on my mind as something that we need to continually emphasize.

 

automation

[aw-tuhmey-shuh n]

noun

  1. the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.
  2. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
  3. act or process of automating.
  4. the state of being automated.

 

In other words, we want to remove our own ability to sabotage ourselves from the things that we most want in life. As part of living intentionally; we can pre-determine our outcomes simply by establishing systems around the actions which we know are best for us. I have discussed this topic at The Life You Can Afford to Live in a previous post Scheduling Your Success.

Most often our own ability to sabotage our success is through poor planning. Our own laziness or simply a lack of preparedness undermines us achieving what we really desire. So, with that in mind, I want to encourage you to automate as many facets of your life as possible. This post will explore a few ideas; there are certainly others. Let us know about some of your own suggestions or personal wins in this area on our social media channels; Facebook and twitter.

Below are some of the ways that I recommend automating your life so that you do more, waste less and live a more meaningful life.

Giving

Giving is a very personal decision. One that sometimes requires us to be prayerful or at minimum thoughtful. It’s for that reason that for years I have spoken negatively of automated giving. Today’s busyness has made me change my tune regarding this matter. Deciding to give isn’t less spiritual or obedient if its planned in advance. So, I say go ahead and establish automated drafts towards the church or charity of your choosing. This will ensure that a ballgame or any unexpected event doesn’t de-rail your plan for giving.

 

Saving

Most of our members do a great job in this area. We have consistently taught to establish a Wealth Coordination Account (WCA) as the initial recipient for all savings. If this isn’t something that you have completed; Let’s make it happen!

 Click to Tweet This:  Money without a purpose will never find its intended destination.

The WCA is the first place to direct a minimum of 15% of your income. This simple automation sets you up for years of success. It ensures that your own fleeting desires do not inadvertently interfere with your Hopes and Dreams.

We will now be encouraging you to create a more detailed savings plan to include future expenses;

Including:

  • Vacations
  • Classes
  • Personal Growth Areas
  • Holidays
  • Date Nights

This is all designed around creating a plan for spending. Living the life that you desire, not a reactionary life.

If you need direction in this area, please contact your Drive Planning Consultant to provide you step by step guidance.

 

Living

Most of our members are well established in the first two areas of Giving and Saving. This is where I believe that we can really transform our time and overall quality of life. Jackie and I have spent a lot of time and consideration in this area; automating our daily life. As two very career minded professionals involved in numerous charitable organizations, time is of the essence. I want to share with you a few things that…. Well, mostly she has taught me!

Health

Create automation around your health products, doctor visits and even how you schedule prevention techniques. Here are a few to consider:

Utilize Amazon Prime, Instacart or any delivery service to routinely deliver your vitamins, personal toiletries, air filters or the food necessary to be healthy (more to come about that). Place these things on your calendar as to do’s and automate them to arrive without wasted time at the store. Ex:  Look ahead and determine when you will be traveling for business or pleasure and schedule taking Airborne 5 days in advance of your trip. This simple planned technique will virtually ensure that you do not get sick while traveling and ultimately diminish your impact or lifestyle. Ex: Schedule air filters to arrive every three months (the suggested time to change them). Ex: Schedule toilet paper to arrive periodically (Something you should never run out of) Ex: Have Dollar Shave Club deliver razors at the predetermined time.

 

Food

Every parent knows the dread of the 5:30pm or 6pm hour. That dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” We have found that Blue Apron is our preferred way of automating this area of our life. Each week or at the frequency of your choosing you can have every meal (every ingredient to prepare such meal) delivered to your doorstep. It costs slightly less than $10 per meal and there is no wasted time or ingredients. Most importantly the meals are brilliant! Dishes we wouldn’t ordinarily create on our own. Here are a few examples: Cumin-Crusted Pork, Tangelo & Honey Glazed Salmon, Chipotle Glazed Meatloaf and even the best hamburger I’ve ever eaten. This level of automation means you are always prepared for that dreaded question and you avoid costly and unhealthy restaurant meals.

 

Fitness

This may be a stretch because it isn’t true automation. However, I’d say that any effort towards pre=planning is a step in the right direction.

Plan your events for the year. Go ahead and pre-pay, pre-register for fitness classes, races etc for the entire year. Having already committed to them and paid will reduce/eliminate the wiggling out of them that often happens. Having them planned will also motivate you between events to keep training as you approach event time. Most events will also send you a recommended training schedule to be fully prepared. It’s like having a personal trainer!

 

Personal Time

Schedule and begin establishing a plan for paying for these nights out, vacations etc. in advance. Easily accomplished when put into the personal spending plan. One where the money is systematically/automatically transferred months in advance of the intended time. Beyond paying for these ahead of time and avoiding debt you will also find that the quality of your overall experiences will improve. Most of the improvement is due to the advanced planning/intentionality allowing you time to focus on your spouse or significant others Love Language.

 

These are just a few ideas that we have implemented to create an automated approach towards our life. We have found that typically this keeps us focused on the BIG Picture and less bogged down in the details. Allow me to encourage you to look for additional ways to automate areas of your life that will help you to lead the life you desire and do it with less stress. Maybe you won’t establish all of these at once but over time with an intentional approach towards automation you will begin to see that you are doing more, wasting less and creating a more meaningful life.

As you uncover ideas that work well, share them with us on Facebook or twitter.