The alarm clock meep-meeps at you at 5:45am. You hit the snooze once or twice, and then roll out of bed and rub the 5 or 6 hours of sleep from your eyes.
Then it's straight to the inbox, the voice messages, the texts, the snail mail, the faxes. A flurry of phone calls, minor fire fighting, and the various and inevitable crises du jour.
Maybe you catch a few minutes respite at lunch, but more likely you plow right through it.
Morning slides into afternoon...slides into evening.
Commute home. Arriving after 7pm, sometimes as late as 10 or 11?
More emails, more voice messages, more minor crises.
Collapse into bed.
Rinse. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat...
Distracted from distraction by distraction
Filled with fancies and empty of meaning
Tumid apathy with no concentration
Men and bits of paper whirled by the cold wind...
T.S. Eliot "The Four Quartets"
Question: Do we like being hamsters on a wheel?
Answer: Yes, we do.
You may object. You may grumble and complain, in an attempt to prove that you do not wish for this rut of distraction from distraction by distraction. You may even say, "There's got to be a better way."
But, deep in your mind, you love the hamster wheel. We all do.
Your mind is a powerful tool. But it adores routine. It worships repetition. It seeks out the oh-so-soothing compulsions of "work".
It justifies its obsessions with work ethic platitudes.
It aches to stay stuck in the grooves it has worn into your life.
Call it addiction. Call it obsession. Call it compulsion. It is hard-wired into us. The mind, left to its own devices will seek out the hamster wheel. And happily keep you spinning, and getting nowhere, for as long as you stay in its hazy, hypnotizing spell.
How does sitting perfectly still, with no sound or flickering images, for even 5 minutes make you feel? Can you do it?
Do you feel agitated when you can't find your smart phone for 15 minutes? When's the last time you switched it off?
If I told you take a week off and not tell anyone where you are, does your mind sputter and misfire ?
If I told you take a month off, does that make your hand shake? Your heart palpitate?
If I told you you MUST assemble a staff that works better when you're not around, do the cold sweats start?
(I still have all those symptoms, by the way. OK, maybe not the smart phone thing, but Mr. Smart Art Marketing still fidgets when he has "nothing to do".)
And if I said that you MUST go from working 60 hours down to 20 hours a week to achieve your dreams...would you believe me?
I promise you it's true. The longer I'm on this planet the more I believe there may be few things truer in this life.
If you don't get off the hamster wheel...you'll never get off the hamster wheel. Period. Your mind simply will not allow it.
Unless you completely shift your paradigm. Unless you completely reframe the questions.
The cute little hamsters spinning in the wheel in the video below may be funny. But are they a metaphor for our entire working lives? If so, then how cute and funny is that?
We are all too willing to live with the familiar, as long as it seems to work, no matter how colorless the rewards.
Smart Art Marketing Pro is designed to completely reframe the question. Shatter your paradigms.
It will show you how to...
- Go from working 60 to 20 hours per week
- Get away for days, weeks, even a month, and have your business work BETTER when you're NOT around
- Hire a small number of people and train them to do your $100, $1000 and even $10,000 per hour tasks (this can be reduced to a formula!)
- Operate from a state of "recreation", not crises management
- Go from being distracted from distraction by distraction to doing what you really want to do.
You won't get there through micromanagement, you won't get there through working harder, you won't get there through tips and tricks and tactics.
Those are all distractions from distraction by distraction. Hamster wheels.
You must reframe the question.
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Warning: This is not for everyone. It will freak some people out. Some people simply cannot handle being "hands off", being "unavailable", being "out of the loop".
So, if being hands on, constantly available, and in the loop fills your soul with deep satisfaction, this is not for you.