“First things first. But not necessarily in that order.” –Doctor Who
Liz said something very kind to me the other day.
We were catching up on some post conference details when she said, “Chris, you are a Choreographer of Success. You clear roadblocks so things can get done.”
That’s me. Mr. Snow-Plow.
I clear the way and things happen.
I guess you could say I’m sorta like Doctor Who, but on a much smaller scale.
I mean the good Doctor seems to chronically stumble onto some sort of doomsday end-of-humanity scenario. Then he’ll figure out exactly what needs to be done (and no more), and get it done just in the nick of time. All with a cheery attitude and a touch of drama (of course). And then he slides off into the Tardis as anonymously as possible.
One of the tricks to being a successful snow plow (a snow plow of success?) is the ability to prioritize well. And that obviously means the ability to put first things first.
Except when it doesn’t.
The thing is we try so hard to formula-ize things like success as though we can follow a recipe or program ourselves like a computer to achieve success. There is a whole industry making a ton of money selling people all kinds of formulas.
Some work better than others, no doubt.
But the truth is success isn’t so much a set of action steps as it is a montage of guiding principles that when collectively applied produce desirable results.
One trick is to know when to keep first things first. And then recognize those times when you will get better results doing something else first. Unfortunately I haven’t found the formula that will tell the difference every time.
Until I come up with one, I’ll just plow on. Like the good Doctor, I’ll keep applying what I know and making the rest up as I go.
And that’s just the Way I C it.
–Chris Cree, SuccessCREEations.