When I was much younger I thought: If anyone can do it all, it’s gonna be me. I was wrong and not just about I couldn’t do everything, I learned that nobody can. Until I grasped this universal law, I scattered my focus and dissipated my energy. I accomplished much less than I should have. But I’m learning.
One thing I continue to learn: if everything’s important, then nothing is. Much that I accomplished was insignificant, unimportant, but not wasted only because I was learning deep and lasting lessons. An invaluable lesson I continue to learn is the power of prioritizing. I have a better understanding how to work on the most important things, most of the time. I now feel I’m living a life of true accomplishment.
You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. It’s a simple concept, yet not so easy to do. Here’s how to start: make a list of what you want to do. Prioritize your list. Keep those priorities in your face. Start working on them now. Remind yourself: I can do anything, just not everything: these are my priorities!
Now, your job is to see how easy you can make it! You can’t do everything—nobody can—but you can do anything! Appropriately, I read this in Tim Ferris’ blog today: “I will have to remember ‘I am here to cross the swamp, not to fight all the alligators.’” Let’s go cross that swamp!