You have heard your whole life that you should work really hard to get ahead in life or to achieve success. And most likely, you have also heard people talking about working smart to achieve their success.
So, the question becomes “Well, which one is it?” Because you’ve seen people put their heads down, keep their nose to the grindstone for 25 years, and work really really HARD, to end up not far from where they started. Conversely, you’ve also seen that guy in your office who continually is trying to work smart. He is always looking for a shortcut, scheming to find an easier way, looking for the magic bullet, spinning his wheels, and spending more energy on how to “work smart” than if he just went ahead and got busy.
The answer to the question, if you haven’t figured it out already, becomes simple. It is to work both hard and smart. This may sound overly simplistic, but how often do we consciously pick the times that we are going to work smart or hard? How often do we look into the mirror and think about our strategy for the day? For the week? For the month?
I could get cute and give this concept a name like “Hart Worker” or “Smard Worker” but I’m not going to because you deserve better.
This is what you need in order to start your year strong. Start with the work smart part, here’s how.
Take an evaluation of your situation, a good hard look at what you are working with, where are you in relation to your goals, and what would it take to hit those. Play with the numbers, get a plan of attack, a game plan and a schedule of when you will be working hard.
Working Smart = Making a Plan
Then, work your tail off. Work harder than you thought possible. You have way more in you than you can imagine. You are stronger than you think you are, you are more creative than you believe yourself to be, you are infinitely more powerful than you believe you are and you can reach that summit.
Working Hard = Working the Plan
But be careful, don’t forget to keep the smart part of the equation. Before your week starts or your day starts, get an assessment, get your plan in order, and then get after it again.
And just so we’re clear, this goal can be applied to any area of your life: a sales goal, a grade in a class, a better marriage, a stronger relationship with a child or parent, or a health goal.
How do you work smart?
Work smart, work hard and live strong.
VP of Sales