I Have Met The Enemy And His Name Is Effort Divided

by Brad Isaac on December 8, 2006

“You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds,” a 15th century proverbial saying tells us.

For the goal focused individual, what this means is we cannot strive for two goals with equal passion. We must make a choice between A and B. Working towards both with the same time, energy and gusto means we won’t do either particularly well.

Dividing efforts always means at any one time one of the objectives is being ignored. When we know consistent action is the most efficient path.

We can’t have two #1 goals without the risk of killing them both.

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Matt December 11, 2006 at 11:34 am

Brad, I would be interested in hearing more of you thoughts on this topic. If you have a “#1″ goal in each role in you life, do you feel that there is still only a true #1 for your life? Always enjoy you info.


Brad Isaac December 11, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Matt, I’m working on a separate post about this topic. But #1 Goals change over a lifetime. Your #1 goal in high school might be to graduate valedictorian. Your goals in the 20s might be to start out in a career you love. On the other hand, you may get to a point of your life like Ghandi where you create a #1 goal of the scope of his – (to free India from colonialism and violence) which would last a lifetime.

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