One of the clearest positive responses Canfield has discovered is to abandon blame – according to his research, successful people completely give up excuse making and blame.
The second principle he attributes to successful individuals is a clear sense of purpose.
“We need to have a vision of what it is we want to accomplish. Most people are very unclear about their desires– they might say something like, ‘I want to be famous and live in a big house’. But they don’t have a vision for their personal relationships, their health and wellness, or recreation and fun. How many days do you want off this year? What would financial independence mean to you? These just a few examples of aspects of your life you should want to have a vision for. What are your goals? Successful people have clearly identified what it is they want to do.”
I was intrigued to learn the ways in which Canfield believes successful people organize their time. I am constantly struggling to do it all and to do it well, as I’m sure you want to.
“Entrepreneurs divide their time into three separate type of days: free days, focus days, and buffer days. A free day is a day in which from midnight to midnight you do absolutely no work related activities. By that definition, some people haven’t had a truly free day in years! Recreation originates from the word ‘recreate’ – use fun to recreate and reenergize yourself. On a focus day, an entrepreneur will spend 85% of their time doing that which produces economic results. For me, that could include conducting an interview like this, writing a book, giving a speech, or coaching. Or developing a product, Canfield offered.”
The final day, the “buffer” day, includes doing all the supportive activities that haven’t been mentioned. Delegating, learning new things, running errands, traveling, and organizing, for example.
“Entrepreneurs are constantly expanding their free days, their incubation days. It is best to focus strongly on what you want to create, and then leaving it. Many inventors have had their best ideas when walking on a beach, staring at a fire, etc. Time away on a free day provides that space. You may even find that the more free days you have, the more productive you actually are.”
To be continued…