The real cost of overcommitment.

Jambo you gregarious and beautiful beast...

Did you know that multitasking causes a 40% drop in productivity and a 10% drop in your IQ?

I'm bringing this up because I've met way too many so-called entrepreneurs in today's hustle-economy who think they have to be all things to all people.

In reality, all they end up creating is a whole bunch of work that at its best is average.

Which brings me to what I wanted to write about today: the real cost of overcommitment.

When you overcommit you...

  • Sacrifice excellence for appearance-sake.

  • Trade in quality for half-ass quantity.

  • Drain the creativity and artistry out of whatever it is you're working on.

  • Burn others out, and even worse burn bridges in the process.

  • Sell yourself short for no good reason.

  • Settle for less than your best.

  • Diminish the intrinsic and extrinsic value of what you're creating.

Just to name a few of the real costs of overcommitting. 

Maybe you bought into the myth of hyper-productivity and the shallow life-hack culture?
Maybe you're just delusional?
Maybe you're too proud (insecurity in disguise) to ask for help?

I don't know. You possibly haven't slowed down enough to even question why you're going so hard and fast to keep all the balls in the air.

Let them drop.

The world will keep spinning. And, you'll still be alive. 

Or don't, and keep playing at average. 

I think deep down you know what you need to do next. It's time to get honest amigo. Don't keep putting it off hoping things will eventually slow down. They won't. Unless you do. 

I'm not going to lie to you: it's going to be painful. But, you've already cashed a cheque you simply cannot pay. So you might as well stop digging a deeper hole. 

Own it. Feel it. And, then fix it. 

I can promise you, less really is more. 

Doing one thing well. With excellence. Well, that is what sets you apart from the rest of the herd.

And, I think it's why you're here.

Here's to living above the fray...

Steve Knox

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