April 25, 2018

The discomfort


We all put off the important-difficult non-urgent stuff in favour of the easy and the urgent. The easy is … easy, so it’s like taking a break. The urgent is … demanded, so there’s really no choice. That’s not to say they’re not important, but there’s little leadership involved.

By the end of the week, the month, the quarter, without making many prioritisation calls, the easy and the urgent accomplishments stack tall and straight.

Which leaves the important-difficult stuff, knotty and twisted, nagging away in the corner. Going nowhere, sucking energy, irritating, and stopping you getting on with everything that cascades from whatever makes the important-difficult important and difficult in the first place.

It’s about choice. 

Choosing to enter the discomfort. To to focus on what’s important and deal with the difficult. It’s about choosing to do what you know is yours to do.

Skippy strategy: Leaders deal with the important-difficult stuff.