the three laws of performance


Recently at work we were given "The Three Laws of Performance" by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan. I enjoy reading and try to read everyday so I got cracking on it right away since we had to have had it finished in 3-4 weeks for a meeting.

I didnt really find the book to be terribly interesting, it was just alright. I've read a decent amount of self development books and many of them go over similar things and I feel like I've come to the point where when I read a self development book and there are one or two take aways I'm good. The take away this time was something they described as "The Default Future", and that is what ones future would be like if you just like things be, keep doing what you're doing and letting things happen.

We started the meeting by listing of everything that, isnt necessarily "wrong", but isnt exactly what we would like it to be, and what we think it can be. After that we discussed, should we stay on this path, where does it lead us. We ended the meeting by breaking up into groups and talking about what we want to see happen that changes the default future into what we want things to be like.

This really made me think about what my "default future" is; if I keep on doing what I'm doing where would I end up? Now I think I like the direction I'm heading in, however, I feel that there are two major things I need to work one. The first is revisiting my vision and goals, my plan. Theres a quote, while I cant remember exactly whos it by, it goes something like, if you dont know where you want to go, any path will take you there. I certainly know where I want to go, but havent not visited my vision and goals for a while that path has become blurred and should I stick to this "default" path, I think it may get me to where I want to go, but in a much longer time frame than whats desirable. This bring me to the second thing, time. Lately, I feel like I havent been able to make the time to really focus in and work in my path in life and this is something I definitely need to get a move on. Most of the time these days, I feel like I've almost got a default schedule going on, which is fine for the most part, but I really need to take some time to plan and rethink things.

What I want to see and what I will be actioning is freeing up time, yes even just an hour here and there every week to get clear on things and start doing it. As a whole it seems like a big task but broken down and over time its really not that hard. There is lots to do, but I look forward to and I am excited for it all.


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