Have you ever taken the time to watch people? We are really strange creatures I have to admit! I am a master watcher! I learn many things from just being a non-intrusive onlooker. I have noticed is that most people are very busy "doing". They run about fussing over things day in and day out. I think there is a very important aspect to being busy, and this is the thought for the weekend today.
“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress” Alfred A. Montapert
I know many busy people who achieve nothing. No, that last statement isn’t really a contradiction.
Think about it. Do you know someone who spends hours fussing, fidgeting, measuring, professing, moving, constructing etc but never seem to get anything done? I do! These people are masters of illusion! They seem to be busy all the time but they never produce an end result. Is it because they do not know how to prioritise, strategize, manage their time, research the topic or learn a new method?
Do you find yourself with 101 jobs around the house that need doing, but you never seem to complete any because they are all half-finished? Do you find your workload at the office overwhelming because you are rushing along corridors, chatting on the telephone, typing on the computer, but the job isn’t done? Has your sense of achievement been reduced to being glad you watched the latest episode of The Bold and The Beautiful?
Perhaps you need to take a good long hard look at what you are doing and what you are achieving. If you find you are not achieving much but would like to, then change your method of operating to something that can help you move forward. If you realise that you are using this busy attitude to escape, then stop pretending and start taking up the challenges of life instead of avoiding them. If you find there are so many half-done projects hanging over your head that you procrastinate at every turn then learn to be focussed - start a job and don’t leave it till it’s done. If you find you are doing things for others all the time and your goals are always taking a back seat, then learn to strategize.
I would like you to take cognisance of your actions this weekend. Are you a rocking horse, moving about doing lots but achieving nothing? Or are you a thoroughbred racehorse, taking on the world and winning? Know thyself.