Double Your Income by Doing Less

If you think that you will double your income by taking on the world, think again. The only way that you will ever double your income is by doing less of what you hate and more of what you love.

Think about all the things you love doing. Which ones are the most important to you? These loves can be integrated into your life mission. Do you love being a great parent? Do you love your job? Do you love exercising? Do you love reading? Take these things and develop your life mission.

When I start to think about my life mission, I visualize my tombstone in my head. What will it say? I hope it says: Great dad. Great husband. Great educator. That’s it: 3Three things in 3 or 4 words. The less, the better, so you gain clarity. This will also help you identify what is really important. I haven’t met many people that want their tombstone to read: Achieved sales quotas. Pretty good resume. Clean house.

As you begin to develop your life mission, evaluate the things that you procrastinate on and stop doing them. When you are able to identify things in your life that never get done, turn this into a opportunity to delegate these things to someone else who enjoys them. Procrastination is a sign of allowing things in your life that you don’t love.

Remember this: If you spend your whole life working on your weaknesses, in the end you will have more weaknesses. Only work on the things you’re good at. Leave the rest to someone else.

If you think you can’t delegate, you’re wrong. There isn’t a single person in civilized society that doesn’t delegate. You eliminate procrastination when you delegate. For example, when you go to the store to buy a shirt, you delegated a whole list of activities.

· You delegated the farming of the cotton.

· You delegated the delivery of the truck.

· You delegated the negotiation of a sales person visiting the department store.

· You delegated the hiring of a retail clerk.

If you think you are a chronic procrastinator, quit being so hard on yourself. Take a look at that love list again. I’m sure there are some things on there you don’t procrastinate over. Next, make a list of what you procrastinate over and attack it.

No one ever got rich by doing things they weren’t that good at. We all have talents and skills. To tell you the truth, skills aren’t the important thing. I am skilled at marketing. I am skilled at writing. I am even skilled at riding a unicycle. But I am not talented at any of these things. Sure, I am pretty good, but there are plenty of people better than me.

Do you know your talents? For example, my talent is education. I am a great teacher. My income doubled when I started focusing my energy on these things. I hired someone to do the marketing, writing, and paperwork. Once I started focusing on my talents, I was able to double my income.

Raymond Aaron,
New York Times Top Ten Bestselling Author, “Double Your Income Doing What You Love”

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