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|Want to be More Effective? - Sharpen Your Axe
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Want to be More Effective? - Sharpen Your Axe
Once upon a time, a very strong woodcutter asked for a job in a timber merchant and he got it. The pay was really good and so was the work condition. For those reasons, the woodcutter was determined to do his best.
His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he supposed to work.
The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Go on that way!”
Very motivated by the boss' words, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he could only bring 15 trees. The third day he tried even harder, but he could only bring 10 trees. Day after day he was bringing less and less trees.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.
“When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked.
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”
Let's reflect on this:
Our lives are like that. We sometimes get so busy that we don’t take time to sharpen the “axe”.
In today’s world, it seems that everyone is busier than ever, but less happy than ever.
Why is that? Could it be that we have forgotten how to stay “sharp”?
There’s nothing wrong with activity and hard work. But we should not get so busy that we neglect the truly important things in life, like our personal life, taking time to get close to our Creator, giving more time for our family, taking time to read, etc.
We all need time to relax, to think and meditate, to learn and grow. If we don’t take the time to sharpen the “axe”, we will become dull and lose our effectiveness.
Author: Stephen Covey
From: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Because It's All About YOU! and Changing Yourself and Your Life for the Better
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|Love your post, I think that we should try to do a little bit of sharpening everyday. We all want balance in our lives, and work hard towards it. But we could actually have that balance today, if we did not work so hard towards it!|
|To get anywhere in life, we must keep heading towards the goals we set for ourselves. However, if we get too bogged down and cannot think clearly, we will do nothing but spin our wheels. We all must take sometime, every now and then, to guarantee our ability to maintain our effectiveness to reach those future plans.|