“If I had 6 hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first 4 hours sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln
It happens slowly, but realized suddenly.
It’s the salesperson who has not READ a book since college.
It’s the physician who doesn’t take time to EXERCISE.
It’s the retiree who lost their ENTHUSIASM for living.
Bodies become soft.
Attitudes get stale.
Our MINDSET can become more dated than our crazy Uncle Pete’s wardrobe.
To stay RELEVANT, we have to keep our BODY, MINDS, & SPIRIT sharp.
This week we conclude a series on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw.
Sharpening the Saw means you make it a PRIORITY to keep your:
- MIND sharp.
- BODY strong.
- SPIRT unbreakable.
Sharpening the Saw is the M.V.H. – Most Valuable Habit.
It makes the other 6 habits possible.
There is no way we can be proactive, think win win, understand others, and synergize if our bodies & minds are dull.
Sharpening the Saw keeps you effective.
Sharpening the Saw keeps you RELEVANT.
To make this habit a reality, you literally have to make it a habit.
3 Ways To Sharpen The Saw:
1) Get Moving (Body)
- Find an activity you LOVE.
- Walk, hot yoga, spin, or Jiu Jitsu your way into motion.
- Schedule that activity 3-4x into your week.
- Protect your schedule.
2) Learn 1 New Thing Every Day (Mind):
- Read from an inspiring non-fiction book for 10 minutes each morning.
- Write the best idea you discovered in a journal.
- That journal may become one of your most prized possessions.
3) Show Gratitude (Spirit):
- Take 2 minutes before bed to reflect on your day.
- Write 1 thing you are grateful for in your journal.
- Be as specific as possible.
In his killer new book, “Tools of Titans”, Tim Ferris interviews billionaires, icons, & world-class performers.
Ferris deconstructs their habits, routines, and best practices for the average person to benefit.
One common thread running through each of their stories is their continual commitment to keeping their minds & bodies sharp.
They create routines into their incredibly busy schedules to sharpen their saw.
Saying you are “too busy” or “don’t have the time” is an excuse.
If the General in charge of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command can find the time to exercise, read, and clear his mind, so can we.
The key is consistency.
As Seth Godin wrote, “Rust never sleeps”.