Ownership trading

Jack puts in a lot of time to learn the techniques.

He’s a technique-biased learner. If you access his Dropbox folder called “To Learn,” you will see notes like this:

  • Top 7 ways to Write an Internal Office Memo That’s Not Boring
  • Top 10 SureFire Techniques to Lose Weight and Gain Muscles
  • What Everyone is Missing When Raising Their First Girl Child (and how not to)
  • Top 50 Tips to Make Money From Pharma Stocks From Day-Trading

Lots of how-tos …

The problem with this approach is that they are good to read but don’t always work as-is.

They need to be contextually modified to suit their specific needs.

Focusing merely on techniques is a great waste because it is not difficult to be good at a subject if we really choose to be.

We can be good at ANY subject if we choose to deal with an uncertain next and failures and frustration and the mess.

The problem is, we don’t want to take ownership to be good at something unless we find out that it is possible to for us to be good at that thing.

We expect others to coach us to be good at something while we do other stuff like updating facebook status, playing mobile games, attending a friend’s sister’s husband’s uncle’s daughter’s neighbor’s birthday party … or doing something else.

We want to be good at something while doing other stuff. Doing other stuff means our attention is divided and we are not 100% committed to being good at something.

What if we create a culture where the focus is on buying and selling ownership.
What if we create a culture where the focus is on buying and selling #ownership. Click To TweetWhen we buy ownership, we hold ourselves accountable to produce the results.

When we sell ownership, we have delegated a specific project or a task to a dependable person and that person has owned it.

Such a trade of ownership actually makes people choosing themselves.

A learner who chooses herself is unstoppable.

A learner who chooses herself is unstoppable. #habits Click To Tweet

Sure, it takes some time to get used to the uncomfortable situations that the trade of ownership puts you in but once got, it works as an extremely powerful tool.

Successful cultures practice trading of ownership. Successful individuals too.

Successful cultures practice trading of ownership. Successful individuals too. #success #habits Click To Tweet

What do you want to do?

Track your progress daily

Do you track your progress daily?

Yes?

Imagine this scenario: an idea took over your energies and you felt passionate about it. You set your goals enthusiastically and started chasing them diligently.

Days passed … then some weeks … then some months …

… and then, on a lonely weekend evening, you’re wondering even though you have reached many of your goals, you don’t feel accomplished. The degree of your fulfillment vs. the energy you brought-in are out of proportion and you feel should do something about it.

This has happened to me more than once and kept me wondering why this happens even after accomplishing some of the significant (sounding) goals I had set for myself.

Here’s a big idea – Track Your Progress Daily. Not only against individual small time goals but against your fundamental goal that you’ve consciously bought into.

You may be accomplishing many of the small-time goals but if you don’t track your progress against your fundamental life goal, it might turn out as a worthless accomplishment.

You might have progressed a lot in an individual goal but accomplishing that goal might have taken you far from your fundamental goal.

Progress is important. Ensuring that your progress is in the direction of your fundamental life goal is even more important.

Track Your Progress Daily. Just a couple of minutes spent on doing this exercise has the power to make your life experiences more meaningful.