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Limits don’t set themselves

Someone must draw the line in the sand. But in fear of offending another, or being afraid of letting go of a past routine/habit, or denying there is a problem, we carry on with our daily hustle, avoiding confrontation and setting new limits.

Too often we overcommit in the name of overachieving and then overlook the actual costs. This behavior is not sustainable and it robs us of our most Maverick resource: Creativity.

The second issue is a lack of clarity because without limits everything appears to be important.  As the saying goes, “When holding only a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”  When everything is a priority, there are no priorities.

Without limits, we have no yardstick, no point of reassessment, no objective reason for termination.  Since there is no hierarchy of significance we just keep on stubbornly working, mistaking motion for qualified action… and blindly pushing beyond the point of diminishing returns. The consequences are both a waste of resources and mediocre results.

Ironically, it’s easier to attempt everything than it is to exercise discipline to set priorities and to say “no” when necessary.  Protect your energy by deliberately limiting the amount of time  you invest in certain tasks. Intelligent and effective people know their limits and then set personal boundaries that both reflect and support their most critical endeavors.

Be a Maverick!

– Kent

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