Why 50% of your problems are completely irrelevant
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Yes! You've read the tittle correctly, 50% of all of your problems are indeed a big waste of time and completely irrelevant!
Once you realise that the solutions for your problems lay on a different level, then you will start to recognize that you're probably working on a lot of things that you shouldn't be working on.
To discover that, you shouldn't focus on the present moment, but you need to have a long term perspective.
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Let's start with an easy example: your car has problems, and you want to fix it. You spend a lot of time thinking about and working on a solution.
But if your real long term goal, the thing that you really want in life, the dream that you really want to realise, is to work closer to home so that you can bike to work everyday, then working on those car problems is actually irrelevant and a waste of time. Because that's not what you really want in the long term.
Perhaps it's even smarter to not spend time on fixing your car problems, but instead on finding ways to make your dream a reality.
It's a nice way of looking at your time spending, perhaps even a bit confronting, but if you look back, then how many time have you invested on things that a few years later became totally obsolete?
Perhaps the implementation of a software that is not in use anymore.
Perhaps a lot of coaching, guidance and education of people who finally were fired anyway.
Perhaps process improvements of processes that don't exist anymore.
It is indeed quite confronting to realise that your next big thing is probably going to disappear within a reasonable amount of time.
Now this doesn't mean that you should not spend your time on it, because in the present moment it is the one thing that is completely grabbing your attention, and perhaps it needs all your focus to being able to evolve so it can become obsolete.
But it does mean that you should be very aware and conscious about it, and that it is a good attitude to try to avoid working on irrelevant things, even when they seem like a big thing right now.
To find out what are the 'right' things to be working on, you need to know your long term purpose: what are the things that are really important for you? What are the things that you really want to strive for? What are the things that you really want to do? What are the things that you want to dedicate a part of your life to?
And of course, that perspective will also change over time. So it is not enough to realise it once, but you need to be closely connected with you purpose constantly.
And even then you will still work on things that will be outdated within a reasonable amount of time. But if you are closely connected to your real purpose, you can minimalize the time you spend on irrelevant things.
The discovery of your real purpose is a process that takes up to several months before you really know what you want and know how you can translate that into daily actions.
A good way to get started, is to start creating your own long term vision: what are the things you want to experience? How do you want to grow? And where do you want to make a contribution to the world?
Vishen Lakhiani from Mindvalley has created a nice instructional video about this: The 3 most important questions you can ask yourself:
If you answer these 3 questions, you already get a good start in finding your real purpose.
And if you spend a big part of your time on the answers that you gave on these 3 questions, then chances are much smaller that you are working on irrelevant things.
So go ahead and watch the video, answer the questions, and spend enough of your time on the answers you gave.
If -after answering the questions- you want support on implementing your answers, or if you want to dive in deeper to really discover you purpose and you are ready for a discovery process from 2 to 3 months, then feel free to contact me!
Written by Dennis Fredrickx, the Business Booster Dennis helps Ambitious Leaders to reach more in an easier way.