The Longest 18 Inches of Your Life [Week 6]

It’s the 18 inches between your head and your heart, and said to be the longest journey of your life.

Unfortunately, most people never complete the journey as they are too busy waiting.

Waiting until they feel like it.

Waiting for their heart to take over.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

You must act your way to feeling – not the reverse.

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 LB)

Week 6 brings us to a discussion on a most rare find – the activity-centered culture and life.  Regardless of your current ambition, personal or professional, do have a list of automatic & precise activities that when done on a regular basis, will lead you closer to realizing that ambition?  If you do, are you doing them?

The trick to acquiring the ‘jump out of bed’ feeling of excitement about some current endeavor in your life is the doing.  Activity generates emotion, and emotion triggers you to invest more into the task. That combination of wires wrapping around one another is what drives outcome and motivates you to keep on going.  This is why I believe that activity-based cultures and teams in corporate sales and service environments, for example, are far more engaged and productive than most.

So, how do you build an activity-centered personal and professional life?  Systemize it.

  1. If you have a goal or a vision of what success looks like for you in a specific endeavor, you’re halfway there.  Now, you need to define the actions needed to achieve it – sounds basic, but be careful, as this is where most people fall off the trail.
  2. Once you have defined 5 or 6 (at the most) activities, that if done repeatedly, will drive a positive outcome – whether it be  sales growth at the office, weight loss at home, growing your faith in community with others, or helping your son improve in school.
  3. Start with 3 activities, and arrange them in a highly visible, dynamic, regularly updated chart or scorecard.  Set mini goals for each and score yourself each day.
  4. You will be amazed at how the activities become habits over time.  You will know this when the scoring for these activities becomes easy and the execution without thinking.  Your new habits should drop off and new activities (more difficult for you) should be added to the scorecard OR you can simply make the activities more difficult themselves.
  5. The activities that became habits should continue!  If you find those habits dragging feet, you need to bring them back onto the scorecard.

If you have never experienced activity-focused cultures or leadership in the workplace (it’s invigorating & energizing!), and you would like to learn more about how you could implement it, let’s chat.

So, …long after the action triggers the emotion, and the emotion triggers the deeper investment, and the investment drives results and the results motivate us to keep going, we get our BIG reward.

Actually, so much less about what you get, and so much more about what you become.

The secret whisper that got lost on the journey from the head to the heart?


Everything else will follow.

So …what are you waiting for?

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Founder Todd Garreston

With over 15 years of experience leading market share growth initiatives of top consumer brands in Fortune 500 and privately-held business environments, Todd Garretson advises and helps organizations identify new growth potential, craft strategy that moves people to action and enhance overall performance.

Having a passion for helping people and organizations to unlock dormant growth potential, Todd writes and speaks for audiences in three core areas: business growth strategy, leadership and personal / professional growth.

Residing in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Lauri, and their four children, weekends and free time are spent with family, coaching youth sports, and sharing his passion for fitness and nutrition.