The Biggest Problem is NOT What You Know
We have all heard the phrase "Knowledge is power."
While it is true that what you don't know can hurt you, the problem today is not a lack of knowledge. Let's face it, we have come a long way in creating access to the World Wide Web (www.****). With a few clicks of a button, we can access all kinds of "knowledge." According to the statistics portal Statista more than 3.5 billion people were accessing the web in 2016. This is about half of the global population.
And a lot of information that used to reside only in local libraries in the form of books has now been made freely available to all. The repository of all things cultural and historical, the Smithsonian Institute, has an online research portal that allows you to access that archives. They are one of many museums and educational institutions that are making knowledge available to the masses.
Add to this the number of actual and self-proclaimed experts that can be accessed with the click of a button. There is no excuse for remaining ignorant in this day and age.
The problem that we have is a lack of execution - the art of getting things done.
While everyone is busy surfing the internet and their social media accounts and numbing out on videos and games, few people are DOING anything worth mentioning.
Prove it to yourself. Take a self-inventory of where you spend your time during the week. Now, subtract all of the time you spend watching videos, surfing the internet, checking social media, and reading your emails. Got it?
Now subtract your sleep hours and any time that you spend just hanging out with friends. Subtract meal times.
How many hours do you have left? I would venture to say your number is small.
Poll your friends and family about where they spend most of their time. What did you discover?
Wait a minute. You probably don't have time to do all of that research. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics already has survey data. Take a look at their 2016 results and pay close attention to the high bars.
According to this chart, the average American spends about 5 hours on "leisure and sports."
You don't have a knowledge problem. You have a time problem.
And you have a 5-hour opportunity per day. This adds up to 35 hours per work that you have available outside of all your other activities.
Let's break this leisure time down even further. Here is where most Americans spend their leisure time:
What are you doing with your 5-hour opportunity?
According to Business Insider, 67% of wealthy people watch 1 hour or less of TV per day.
"The wealthy are not avoiding watching TV because they have some superior human discipline or willpower. They just don't think about watching much TV because they are engaged in some other habitual daily behavior — reading."
So, if you want to shift your life into the success zone, you will need to reduce the amount of time you watch TV.
You need to shift how you manage your time and where you choose to spend your time.
One step you can take towards changing things is to perform a time audit of your activities. Check out this article published by CBS News, "Improve Your Efficiency with a Time Audit."
I just picked up the book The 12 Week Year by Moran and Lennington. The first chapter has me hooked.
Also on my completed read list is this jewel that is full of practical advice on prioritizing your day.
And planning your days is a whole light easier with the right planner. Check out this planner from Commit30.
You can start NOW taking control of your life.
What will you do with your 5-hour per day opportunity?
I will spend my time helping you discover the strategies that will help you Love Your Unique and Live Your Unique.
And I am cheering for you every step of the way.