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The best strategy for keeping
focused and moving toward your goals is Big Rocks. Do you have Big Rocks? If
not, you should....
It was Stephen Covey who
talked of ‘big rocks’ in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. The
essence of the ‘big rocks’ analogy is that if you don’t attend to the big
things first, you’ll never get them done [fit them in]. The book explains a
story where people at a live event watched a demonstration of the presenter
filling a jar with big rocks. There was still more room so he added some
pebbles. There was enough room to add some sand to fill in all the gaps.
Finally, he added some water to show that the jar could in fact hold a little
One of the attendees believed
the demonstration showed that if you really work at it, you can still fit more
in to your day/do more.
The point of it is, if you were
to do this in reverse, you’d never fit in the big rocks. If you don’t attend to
them first, you will never be able to fit them in/get around to them.
The Big Rocks need to go first if you want to make true progress. Say ‘yes’ to the Big Rocks and ‘no’ to the
smaller things if they’re getting in the way.
I use this strategy with all my
clients and myself and it’s highly effective!
So, what are your Big Rocks?
These are the things that will
really make you progress toward your goals and move your business forward. They
are not your to-do list or your daily action plan.
Ask yourself this: what are the big things that would really move you
forward, if you were to have them done? It could be to have your new website
up. It could be to secure that big proposal you’ve submitted and which would
make a huge difference to your revenue this year. It could be to get that
speaking engagement. It may be to launch that new product (I know that Big
It may also be something you’ve been putting off for a long time, but
you know you need to address. Are you not
doing something? Is there something you keep pushing into ‘one day’...
Get an ‘Accountability’ Buddy
Defining your Big Rocks is one thing, but being accountable to them is
how you really get results. Ask a friend, a colleague, a fellow Bossmentor®
Club member to hold each other accountable!
I hold my clients accountable for their Big Rocks, and I have my own
accountability partners to keep me focused on the priorities.
Focus on Priorities for a Week
or a Month
Set your Big Rocks for a month if they’re really big, or if they’re
smaller and you really want to move faster, set them on a weekly basis.
Set yourself up for success and make the timeframe realistic.
I use Big Rocks over a period of a month for my clients and that works
very well. If you’re inspired and on fire with a new venture, you may want to
set them weekly.
Just remember, Big Rocks are to keep you focused on the big things –
the priorities that will move your business forward and keep you focused on
Don’t set too many, don’t give yourself too little time, and find a
buddy to keep you accountable.
That’s my top tip for getting focused and setting yourself up for
Big Rocks are Essential for Business
One of Stephen Covey’s