Are You Focused
Earlier tonight I decided to watch a keynote by Gary Vaynerchuk that I like to watch often as a source of motivation. I’ve watched this presentation when I’m tired in the middle of the night; when I miss being home while I’m 10,000 miles away from my fiance; when I’ve been stressed out before with projects; or when I’m busy trying to crush it and just want that extra little shove.
If you haven’t seen this keynote before, take the 15 minutes to watch it. If you have seen it before, then watch it again. Then, instead of just moving on to the next blog post, or next meeting, or next tweet, stop. Yes, stop. Stop and think about if you’re doing what you really love. I know I am. I work extremely hard but I’m having more fun with Chris Brogan and Colin Browning over on our pirate ship of New Marketing Labs, than I can explain. I love running my steakhouse with my best friend, Joseph Gionfriddo.
Think about if you spend all day (or at least most of your day) focused. Focused on executing on your goals. Focused on killing it today. Focused on killing it in 2009. If you’re not, if you slow down for even a 1/2 second, then your competition is going to pass you by. Ok, maybe they won’t fly by you for just taking a break for a 1/2 second. Or will they? Are you willing to take that risk? Are you ok with that? If you are then that’s cool. But, I’m not. I want to be producing content, coming up with new ideas for the steakhouse; working on client projects, working on New Marketing Labs events, experimenting with tools, having meaningful conversations and developing strategy/vision all the time. When I’m relaxing, I’m mulling over new ideas in my head. I’m always analyzing, thinking of what’s next, and focused on what my goals are. When most people are watching tv and getting a good night’s sleep, I’m trying to stay that extra step ahead.
What motivates you to stay focused and kill it every day? Is it a video, a book, a quote, or someone in your life?