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  • #1285
    Anonymous
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    Have you ever experienced a Failure to Engage?

    I have. And it has lasted for years.

    Don’t misunderstand. I have what many would consider a successful business. I have these amazing periods of pure productivity. But periodically that super productivity leads to burnout and I really I am overwhelmed again. (When I read Buck McDaniel’s thread about all he does, I think, “Man, if I worked that hard, I’d really grow my biz.”)

    Can anyone else identify with this?

    Dave

    #1307
    Buck McDaniel
    Participant

    Dave,
    Let me interpret what you just said, “I have periods when I bust my ass so much and for so long that I get tired and lose focus.”

    Been there, done that, still do, get the same burned-out feelings!

    Recently in an email or webcast, Sean reminded me of what makes business successful – helping other people.

    I put that together with what Zig Ziglar repeated so very often…

    You can have anything in life you want …
    if only you help enough other people get what they want.

    As Sean says, the purpose of our business is to help others. So, what if we take time off from working our business and spend it helping others?

    So, I bust ass for a while working on the technicals of my business. Then, I take a break and share with others. Sometimes, I feel a little guilty about taking time from my “productivity” to doing something that doesn’t make me money. But, I think about it and I realize that while being helpful, I am also refreshing my own energy and desire and encouraging myself to bust ass again.

    I do have to make a point of blocking off time to work my business, though, and stay away from Facebook and here till I get something done, LOL.

    Funny thing is, I think I would be more productive if I worked as hard as you think I do. LOL

    #1310
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Funny thing is, I think I would be more productive if I worked as hard as you think I do. LOL

    LOL – Buck, thanks for your reply.

    This is something I am working on very seriously. I understand that we all suffer from “pattern breaks.” That is, we get something going and then we let that momentum slip away. I have finally accepted that it is part of my personality and I’d better find a way to bounce back from it.

    #1375
    Sean Mize
    Keymaster

    Dave,

    sorry for the delay

    yes, I experience those kinds of failures to engage – in fact, not finishing things is one of my big weaknesses!

    one thing I do is very frequently hold meetings with myself to re-determine what is most important

    Sean

    #1575
    Mark Rhodes
    Participant

    David,

    I certainly have and do fail to engage. I kind of go in spurts. You could say my goal would be for the spurts to last longer and the gaps between to become shorter.

    I think about this a lot when I “run” my 4-mile loop. It’s really more a combo of jogs with walking in between. By the end of the summer, I’ll be able to jog the whole thing without walking. Right now it might be 60% jogging. If I sprinted enough to become overwhelmed (with oxygen debt), I’d have to walk more.

    Mark

    #1632
    Sean Mize
    Keymaster

    Sometimes you just have to put your head down and dig in.

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