Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tells the story.
Long story short, a lumberjack, unwilling to ever take time to sharpen his saw, endlessly struggles to cut down tree.
The problem? a blunt saw
If we’re not careful, we, as business owners, can often be operating as – a ‘blunt saw’.
We need to be regularly checked out, rejuvenated – ok, sharpened.
Do we make sure our life style is healthy?
Do we make sure we’re staying active, fit?
Do we give ourselves time to relax, re-charge?
Do we take time out to learn something new?
Do we surround ourselves with people who support us, challenge us – help us grow personally and professionally?
The list goes on and on….
In the end, we probably all understand the importance of taking time to sharpen ourselves (the saw)….the hard part generally is having the courage and faith to take actual steps in doing it.
What’s needed, of course, is the belief that, if we do, rather than being a complete ‘waste of time’ we’ll find it to be one of the ‘best uses of our time’ – ever.
You Can Do This, You Really Can,