Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Empty Inbox - Breathless Workout ...

People often ask me, how I get so many things done in the course of any given year. To me, it always seems like a bit of a strange question, as from my own perspective, it always seems as though I do have plenty of free time on my hands. it's true though, I do get stuff done, but I tend to put my head down and get on with the job when circumstances require - as opposed to waffling on about it. This year, I built an investment property, wrote another book, taught 750 odd classes and travelled to conduct near on 100 seminars - apart from this, I spent quite a bit of time in hospital with my eldest son - and in between took a trip to Singapore, a trip to the USA and a trip to Europe - yet as I write this blog, my inbox is sparkling and empty - meaning I have attended to the 25 odd e-mails that have come my way on this day.
I approach my strength and conditioning workout for example, as I do most other things - with a mindset of getting it done as quickly and efficiently as possible. The last thing I would want to do is spend an hour and a half in a gym, socializing and wading my way through a boring and long-winded workout. I want to get my heart-rate up as fast as possible, and keep it there for 30 minutes, while taxing myself on a variety of fronts (functionality of fitness, strength, flexibility, anaerobically, mentally, etc). Thirty minutes - and I'm done! I do not like to waste time.
I attend to e-mails through the day, I act on them, I leave my inbox empty. if I set to writing a book - I set aside a block of time each day and put my head down and get it done. I do not like attending to something and waling away having to come back to it - I would rather not attend to it at all, until I have the time to 'knock it on the head' and put it behind me.
I have listen to many people over the years, talking endlessly about the things they want to do - without ever taking the action to do those things. I have often mused that many people could more than likely do the things required of them in their jobs, in probably ten hours or less, if they were motivated (and allowed) to do so. people love to 'waffle on' - but if you want to fit more into your life - make a habit of shedding off some of those 'time-wasters' that creep so insidiously into our day-to-day lives.
We can't create more time for ourselves - but we can almost certainly free up some of the time we do have. Time, after all, is the one resource we cannot really afford to waste - none of us can get more than our allocated share.
Empty your inbox ...
JBW

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4 Comments

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John you really are an inspiration - I got all teary for some reason - much love - Pri Cockell

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Anonymous 1:16 pm

great to have you back John both in the studio as well as blogging!

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Anonymous 1:26 pm

Hi John,

I purchased all 3 of your Rogue Black Belt books over 4 months ago, and continue to read them again and again, finding hidden jems each time.
I just wanted to thank you for opening my mind to other great authors such as Robert Kiyosaki. I have been training in various martial arts for close to a decade now, and through your books I have finally learnt how my training translates to the everyday lessons I encounter.
I continue to jump on your blog for inspiration. They are well written and spoken with true intergrity. Thank you again for being a great ambassodor to the martial arts.

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Hi John

I read a study somewhere that said, those people who waffle on about what they are "going" to do are less likely to ever achieve it compared to those who just get on and do it.

Something in our psyche considers talking about our plans to do a great thing, a tick in the box of the first step of making it happen - when in fact, all you've done is talk about it.
And when you think you have already made a start on your journey - you are more likely to sit back and relax thinking you've already set things in motion!

Your work ethic is inspirational and I aspire to fill my daily quota with as much fulfilling work and productivity as you do.

Take care

Al x

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