Stop What You Would Not Start

The presence of an ever expanding to do list without a robust stop doing list is a lack of discipline. To focus on priorities means clearing away the clutter.

Sometimes the best way to deal with a platter piled high with problems is to simply toss the entire pile into the trash, wash the platter, and start anew. Above all, we must not starve our biggest opportunities because we’re so busy throwing ourselves at our biggest problems and dwelling on past mistakes.

Pivot from past to future, create forward, always ask, “What’s next?” Yet how to do this, when past problems clamor for our attention, when we live with the accumulated legacy of what came before? The answer has the form of another question: If it were a decision today to start something you are already in (to enter a business, to hire a person, to institute a policy, to launch a project, etc.), would you? If not, then why do you persist?

Summing-up: Can’t you see the forest for the trees? Don’t waste your time in things you wouldn’t start today.

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