The Bird Watcher or The Hunter
But only one of these approaches will help you achieve extraordinary success in business. Care to find out which one?
Characteristics of the “Bird Watcher”
If you find yourself drawn to new and interesting things (aka, Shiny Object Syndrome), are easily distracted, and are ready to jump on anything to procrastinate just 5 minutes longer, rather than complete a task you dislike, then you are probably a bird watcher.
The bird watcher leads a fairly interesting, but less than productive life. She tends to be a Jane-of-All-Trades type, never the master of any. She might have been called a daydreamer as a child, and she doesn’t like to stifle her natural creativity. Bird watchers are not a bad bunch. They can live good lives, but will never achieve the ranks of excellence, due to the fact that they are never focused long enough to fully reach their potential. Fortunately, even the most ingrained bird watcher can change her approach if she is deeply motivated to do so.
Typical Behavior of the “Hunter”
To the bird watcher, the hunter appears to be a stuffy, rigid, boring type by comparison. The main difference is the hunter’s ability to center her full attention where and when she needs to. She reaps great satisfaction from a job well done, and although she can multi-task like the best of them, she understands that laser focus is the only way to be highly productive.
The hunter is great at organizing her time according to her priorities, and sets aside hours to recharge her batteries and rest her mind. By taking time for herself, she is able to perform at her best during her scheduled work hours, and establishes firm boundaries around her days to limit the distractions that would otherwise threaten her focus.
The hunter can be just as creative as the bird watcher, but her results are far superior. By maintaining a disciplined mind and sharpshooter focus, she can complete even undesirable tasks in half the time, and reward herself with time off, and time to engage in the things she loves most about her work.
How to Tap Your Inner Hunter
If you have bird watcher tendencies, there is hope. You can learn curb that flighty nature during your work hours, and get to enjoy it during your free time, if you discipline yourself to do the following:
- Limit your focus to the things that fall under your list of highest priorities during your work hours. If it’s not on the list, then learn to say no and set healthy boundaries to prevent interruptions.
- Schedule time to take care of YOU! If you don’t refresh and recharge your batteries, you will bend to every little distraction that comes your way because they become escape outlets.
- Get yourself organized. Being surrounded by physical clutter makes it difficult to keep your thoughts tuned in to where they need to be. When your environment is organized, your mind is organized.
These tips will help you begin to nurture your inner hunter if you have the desire to achieve excellence in your business. Nothing is really worth doing in life if you aren’t willing to give it your all. So if you are a bird watcher, decide how committed you are to making your business a booming success.
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