March Tip: Toss Out What You Don’t Need

Yes. If you don’t need it, toss it out. And pick up what you do need. In this month’s wonderful book, The Next Level, Scott Eblin describes this process as making strategic choices. These choices start with:

Developing a clear understanding of when you are at your very best and then making the choice to perform at your best.

Once you have that clear understanding, you need to get up above the situation. Imagine you’re in a helicopter up above that turbulent river – so you can see what’s ahead of you and what’s coming at you. Get the fullest perspective you can.

Based on that information and knowing your own strengths, you can then make strategic choices. What do you need to keep in that boat and what do you need to toss out to successfully navigate through upcoming bends in the river? Move quickly but thoughtfully. Here are the steps:

Get up above for a wider, 360-degree perspective.

  1. Assess what’s needed in this new situation.
  2. Know what you want to achieve in this next level.
  3. Intentionally choose to pick up new behaviors and beliefs that you need.
  4. Have the courage let go of behaviors and beliefs that no longer serve you.
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