Today, during practice 46 with a team of highly productive producers, I reminded them to think ahead a bit. I reminded them of some research done by the folks at NPR around regrets. We mostly regret acts of omission when we look back at 90. Here’s what I told them. When you’re 90 you will wish for the 3 R’s.
According to NPR’s research we wish we would have taken more risks. Remember, humans are hard wired, predominately, for loss aversion. We wish we would have invested more time in the relationships that matter. Remember, men are the biggest culprits here. Men tend to over-value metrics and measurement; meaning not so much – at least till we reach a certain age. And, 90 somethings wish they had reflected more. Remember, the untrained brain avoids slowing down and staring at it’s naval cause it tends to go all negative in the process. The normal brain simply gets busy to avoid such uncomfortable conversations with itself.
Hmmm. What are you thinking about, my friends? Does your calendar reflect your attempt to do it all or do you have margin for spontaneity alongside your responsibility? Have you a better understanding of your portfolio than the people you’re pursuing it for? Do you sense alignment as you walk through your week or does it feel like somethings a bit out of whack? Maybe you and I would benefit from some R & R & R. Good practice today, team.
Slow down and reflect. And, do more than you think. You can do more than you think. Baby step a risk or two. Good…