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Sharpen Your Saw



In Stephen Covey’s book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the 7th habit that he writes about is sharpen the saw. The analogy that he uses is of a person who is working hard to cut down a tree with a saw. A passer-by comes upon the man cutting down the tree and suggests that he take a break and sharpen his saw. The man responds with, “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw, I’m too busy sawing!”


Anybody else guilty of this mistake? Yeah? Guilty as charged here too! It’s really easy to do, isn’t it? Habit 7 is about preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have - you. By the way, if you’ve never read the book, I’d highly recommend it. It definitely lands on my Top 10 Books List. But what can you do about it? Whatchugondo? Nothing is NOT the answer.


First things first, let’s take a step back and see just exactly where you’re at in your life and business. Are you feeling like you’re overwhelmed on a regular basis? Are you frustrated day in and day out because you feel like you’ve got no traction to move forward? Are you nearing the burnout phase? Are you constantly thinking about problems at work?


My goodness, I’m starting to feel stressed just asking these questions. The truth is that everybody, at multiple points in their lives, have been able to answer ‘Yes’ to some or all of these questions. Most of the time, if you take a step back and evaluate, sharpen that saw, you’ll be able to get a more clear and accurate picture of where you’re at and what you can do to get to where you want to go. Here are some keys to breaking out and getting back on track.

  • Hire a Coach! The quickest way to cure your slicing drive in your golf swing? A coach. The quickest way to fix your tennis serve? A coach. The quickest way to learn how to play guitar? A coach! Get the picture? Rocket science not needed!

  • Pump Positive Info Into Your Head…First thing in the morning…every morning! Your attitude can be a blessing or a curse. Make it a blessing by thinking that you can instead of thinking that you can’t!

  • Get Refocused – read my book “Get Squared” and start getting your goals. You can and you will succeed.

  • Make sure that you Hold Yourself Accountable, or have your coach help with that. The bottom line is this; once the saw is sharp, you’ve got to get back out there and start sawing again or that tree isn’t coming down. If you’ve got a team working with you, make sure they’re focused on sawing as well.

If you need help getting your wheels turning, your saw sharpened, and get the sawdust flying, let’s jump on a quick call to see if there might be a fit. I specialize in helping you perform at your very best. If you’re not there or you think you can do better, let’s talk.

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P.S. A great first step in Sharpening your Saw is to get refocused with a copy of “Get Squared” which is my Amazon Best Seller book.

>> GET YOUR COPY TODAY: GET SQUARED

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