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Making Every Motion Count

I was playing soccer yesterday across a full field. The game was more than half over and I was feeling quite winded. I thought to myself I did a lot of running around and felt tired but did I really concentrate on making a goal with every effort? If I wasn't I was essentially wasting energy for no reason. And I thought about it and many times I was just happy to defend and get the ball further up field. I hadn't really made a conscious effort to make every motion count. And as I looked around I could see that most everyone else (especially on my team because we were getting slaughtered) had not made a conscious effort to make every motion count. They wanted to win, but they were not playing to win.

Of course half the fun of playing a sport is the experience of it - but in any competitive sport you are playing to win. And winning consists of making every motion count towards a goal. You have to be conscious of what you're doing and it has to be in alignment with making that goal.

Think how this analogy applies to your daily life. Do you have a clear goal? If you don't you're just kicking a ball across an endless field. On the one hand you might be enjoying the journey but isn't a journey more meaningful if it has a destination?

And secondly - if you do have a goal is it something you can control? At least in sports you have a great deal of personal control in scoring a goal; because you control the motions of your body you control the likelihood of scoring a goal. In life sometimes there are systems that overlap your pathway to your goal that you do not control. For example in sports, other team players who might want the goal more than you do.

Now take a goal like money - there is your personal effort towards achieving a specific money goal and then there's the capitalistic system itself which is designed to be a 'debt based' system. This means the system itself is designed to put the majority of people who belong to it, in debt - it doesn't matter how hard they work or how much they want to score big money goals there is a high statistical percentage that most people will be in debt. So there is your personal control about how hard and smart you will work and then there is the overlapping element that you do not control which is the market and the way the system is designed. (On a side note: Avoiding consumer debt - house, car, etc. is something most often you can control and gets you closer to your goal of financial freedom.)

Primary goals begin with everything you can control - your body, your mind, etc. And secondary goals are outcomes that will happen if everything goes as planned. This doesn't mean you don't work hard for them - it just means you realize that not everything is in your control to make them a reality.

In sports a primary goal is to be in great shape, eat healthy before the game, stay well hydrated so that you can perform you very best. A secondary goal is to put the ball where it needs to go. This is a secondary goal because you cannot control what the other players do, the wind, etc. You can only give yourself the best opportunity to succeed by identifying and carrying out the primary goals necessary to make your secondary goal a reality.

In earning money an important primary goal is leverage. Leverage comes in many forms:
1. Time Leverage - Managing time and helping others on your team manage their time well. As a primary goal, you control where your time goes. Time leverage requires clear priorities, and clear priorities are impossible without clear goals.
2. Energy Leverage - Managing your energy and other people's energy well. As a primary goal, you control what you eat, how much you sleep, how much water you drink, etc.
3. Knowledge Leverage - Managing how much you know and training others. As a primary goal you control what you learn based on where you spend your time, what you read, etc.
4. Connection Leverage - Managing who you know and contributing value to others. As a primary goal you control who you associate with and how much time you spend with them. You also control the quality of the interaction based on how much you're willing to give. Not in a monetary sense but in a loving, compassionate or shrewd sense.
5. Capital Leverage - Managing how much you spend and where you invest what you've earned. As a primary goal avoiding consumer debt like the plague ensures that free capital doesn't go into paying dead interest. Accumulating debt that offers no promise of return is the fastest way to get locked into a TIME obligation - which is what the current system is built on - debt obligations are a modern form of slavery.
6. Employee / Partnership Leverage - Managing who works for you, with you and what work they do. As a primary goal you control what kind of person you are (character) which dictates whether people want to follow you or listen to you. In most cases you also dictate what field of work you choose to get involved in, which consequently also says a lot about your character. 'Goodwill' earned through good deeds is an invisible currency worth many times its weight in gold; a supreme form of leverage.

Making every motion count requires:
1) A clear and definite goal
2) A conscious effort to make every effort a movement towards the goal
3) An awareness of primary goals (actions you 100% control) and secondary goals (outcomes that you do not fully control due to overlapping systems)
4) Identifying and employing ways in which you can leverage / multiply your efforts.  Consumer debt - house, car, etc. is something most often you can control and gets you closer to your goal of financial freedom.)

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