Is your team underperforming?
Are you not accomplishing what you want to?
Are you not where you want to be? Maybe it’s time to look in the mirror.
I’ve been reading Atomic Habits (not an affiliate link) after a lot of convincing by my wife. While reading it, I’ve been reflecting on the past decade and I can’t help but find correlation between among my successes and things I wanted to accomplish but didn’t.
Successes Of The Last Decade
Mobile App Company (Boomstick Interactive) – Boomstick Interactive was easily one of the biggest success stories for me over the past decade. Inspired by The 4-Hour Workweek, I set out to build a mobile game company to earn passive income and gain my freedom. Over 100 apps and 10 million downloads later, this had become quite the success story for me. I have never been able to place my finger on why it worked out so well until recently and it ends up being very simple. I had a system for building and marketing games and I followed it for several years.
Software Expertise – Another success has been writing software. I don’t have any empirical evidence to share, but I do know my abilities have exponentially grown, I’ve developed a way to optimize my time and effort to maximize the software I deliver, and I’ve figured out how to identify and solve almost any issue pretty quickly. Again, looking back — there is nothing extraordinary about my results, it’s just a result of my system. I didn’t really know I had a system, but I enjoyed building things so much that it ended up being what I do for fun into the wee hours of the morning.
Leading – The final thought that comes to mind over the last decade is that I believe I’ve learned how to be a really great servant leader. I still have a ways to go to be where I want to, but I do feel like I’m succeeding here. Again, no empirical evidence — but it’s easy for me to see how this has happened. I’ve met with one of my mentors weekly for the past 3 or so years and continue to learn more and more from him. One of the things I wanted to accomplish was launch a SaaS product — I didn’t end up doing this but the drive to do so lead me to basically read every possible business and leadership book I could get my hands on. Again, I didn’t know I had a system — but repeatedly doing the same thing over and over has clearly helped me.
“Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.” ― James Clear, Atomic Habits
Things I Wanted To Accomplish But Didn’t
Branding and Speaking – One of the big things I wanted to accomplish was to really brand myself, become a write and become a speaker. I really didn’t get too far except updating my LinkedIn profile…whoops. I’ve read Branding Yourself (also not an affiliate link) enough times to know what I need to do, I just never set up a system and created a habit out of it. Looking into the next decade, I am going to become a writer by writing a blog post every Monday morning and become a speaker by participating in ToastMasters every Thursday evening.
SaaS Product – As a mentioned earlier, of the the big things I wanted to accomplish the last decade was launch a SaaS product. It was one of the sole drivers of my software expertise success. But I didn’t get around to it, for several reasons, but one of them being I didn’t have a system and was never patient enough to follow through. I’ve got a Trello board full of SaaS ideas and the skills to build, market, and sell the — it’s time to actually follow through. Looking into the next decade, I’ve decided to wake up at 4:30 AM every morning to work on a SaaS product. I am going to save the boilerplate SaaS and develop a system for growing it — so for the next product it will be much easier to launch.
Why The Problem Is You
The general theme of Atomic Habits is that small daily habits or systems ultimately drive success.
The reason I say you are the problem is simple — if your team isn’t accomplishing what you want them to, then ask yourself “Have I built the systems for my teams success?”
- Do you have a habit built to spend enough time planning?
- Do you have a system built to make yourself available daily to help them with anything they need?
- Do you have a habit of listening and serving your team instead of telling them how and why?
I could go on and on, but instead, it probably makes time to sit down and think about what you want your team to accomplish in 2020 and beyond and what systems and habits can you implement for yourself to enable yourself and your team.
“True long-term thinking is goal-less thinking. It’s not about any single accomplishment. It is about the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. Ultimately, it is your commitment to the process that will determine your progress.” ― James Clear, Atomic Habits
Here is to a goal-less, systems focused, and improved you in 2020.