Busyness or Business: Your Focus

Busyness in Business can be dangerous.

While running a business, you can easily can wrapped into busyness. Something I realized years after it was too late running my business and burning the candle at both ends was the simple view into both words…. the only difference between them is a single letter. It’s the focus on that letter than can help course-correct oneself so that priorities realign in the proper direction.

If you make the business about “I” because of your busyness, you must stop and ask the question “Y” – because often times in business we make our business foundation = busyness. The two words often get put together to create more issues for the people in the business.

Addicted-to-Busyness

Busy Business can have some serious drawbacks on the longevity it can be tolerated. Just like an engine hitting red on a tachometer, at some point, it can’t handle being so busy it self destructs. When an engine is properly taken care of, it can drive for hundreds of thousands of miles. The mindset today with consumers is often oh well, it broke, time to get a new one. And while the engine analogy is very cache, it may ben the perfect analogy for you at work. You may be that engine that gets the pedal to the metal, held down under full throttle for too long that without constraint and change will fail. You too can break down and while that’s the extreme, you too may be willingly burning the candle at both ends.

But I need to look busy!

Looking busy is a trait many people strive for at work. It may be part of the culture to be overly busy, but you must protect yourself from being wrapped up and consumed in it. You may need to step back and say – I will not be so busy, so consumed, so self absorbed to lose control over my business. You may need to embrace new habits and use wisdom as your fuel.

This may apply to your own business or position you fill within an organization. Busyness is addressed by better habits, delegation and control over your time and energy. When they are properly aligned, you can begin to help your business grow in the proper direction for others working alongside you too.

Ask WHY you’re doing what you’re doing to stay on track.

Next time you face busyness in business, step back and ask yourself WHY your so busy and if it’s a certain task, season or being busy for busyness sake. Make some change in the proper direction and realign yourself so you also don’t miss what may be right in front of you – the ability to chose peace when confronted with chaos.

I hope you can see the decision is simple: busyness or business. What will your focus be when faced with an overwhelming workload. Don’t burn the candle at both ends, work smarter, not harder, learn to use the word no or not now, delay certain tasks and learn to better delegate. You’ll then be able to return to business vs busyness.

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The 8-Lateral Touchdown Win #NeverGiveUp

The 8-Lateral Touchdown Win

Achieving the impossible

It was a busy weekend jammed packed with kids activities, events and parties so football took a back seat to other priorities. Like many guys who enjoy their sports, I often take it in doses and set aside time to watch games of interest. And this weekend was just too busy. Yet, I did manage to fit in half of the final quarter of some Temple football – because they are just having the season of their lives! And everyone likes an underdog especially one that is undefeated and playing a highly ranked team. Notre Dame just happened to bring the luck of the Irish with them. Many in Philly are still shouting “Go Temple” after the game even though they lost on Saturday night.

The-8-Laterals-for-the-Win-MiamiBREAKING NEWS…

It was during the end of the Temple game when the announcers broke in with a college football league update. While I just moved my dad’s favorite team, the University of Miami, to the back burner for the rest of the season, they were front and center, Miami-style, making headlines. It wasn’t about their new interim coach or how they were mounting a larger loss than they experienced last week (a 58-0 loss last week was the worst in history for Miami and is just embarrassing for any fan).

This time it was good news. It was the unthinkable. Miami just came from behind in the final seconds of the game and WON. That alone made me pump my fist and congratulate the team through the screen.

GAME OVER!?!

What they showed next SHOCKED ME. It shocked many college football fans. Here’s a team that just had penalty after penalty called against them (some controversy about those calls against Miami) which gave Duke the go ahead score with seconds remaining. To Miami, it seemed like fate. More bad news dished to them. It would be at this point every Miami fan shook their head in disbelief and just sighed it away as another disappointment to the their season. I know my father did. But the game wasn’t over.

Miami’s only consolation was they weren’t shut out again this week and played a close game: 27-24 with Duke winning… but there was 6 seconds left!?!

THE UNTHINKABLE

Then the unthinkable happened. The wind shifted… there was a change of tides… The Hurricanes responded. Something was happening as the ball was kicked and bounced down the field into the hands of the Miami player who just blamed for their loss minutes prior.

8-Lateral Touchdown Win

Watch the full ESPN 8-Lateral Touchdown Win (Recap)

The ball was caught… ran, tossed, ran, tossed, ran tossed… forward, forward, back, forward, back, back… to the 10 yard line… then STRAIGHT AHEAD THEY RAN and tossed it again, again, again… and again and right for the end zone. They took two steps forward, then a step back over and over again. It looked like a live pinball game of football players. In total, they lateraled the ball 8 TIMES back and forth, across the field. At any point, if one of the players was tackled, the game was over with no more time left to play. At any moment, if the ball was fumbled or tossed a player on the other team, the game was over. And if they tossed it the wrong way (forward not backwards), the game would be whistled dead, game over.

That wasn’t the case. They perfectly executed the play – AS A TEAM. They didn’t give up on the play or the game despite setbacks. They played until the final whistle blew. In just ONE PLAY, 46 SECONDS later, they crossed the finish line and WON THE GAME: 30-27.

UNDER REVIEW

But it wasn’t over. There was then TWO official referee reviews in the booth. Every lateral was reviewed to make sure they were true laterals and not forward passes. Then another review – UNDER REVIEW a second time for a possible knee touching the ground before the player lateraled the ball. Again, another reversal which would blow the play dead. Almost 10 minutes later: the play wasn’t overturned.

MIAMI WINS. GAME OVER.

The the interim coach, Coach Larry Scott, had this to share at the end of the game regarding his team and how they played & finished the game:

Coach Larry Scott

  • Never give up.
  • Never give in.
  • It’s not over… you play until there are zeros on the clock.
  • Who is going to fight?
  • Who is willing to overcome adversity?

Well, the team responded – and gave everything they had.

NEVER GIVE UP!

It was an amazing testimony to their determination to play hard and win. They had a strong foundation. They overcame adversity. They remained focused. They pulled off the impossible. And they were crowned the WINNER.

Congrats @MiamiHurricanes!
Lesson learned: #NeverGiveUp

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Note: While well after the game additional photography showed a Miami player’s knee was down, the referees still made the decision after reviewing their footage and the call from the referee on the field. Remember, it’s an action sport and while certain calls go one way or the other, it’s part of the sport. Perhaps a few other calls in the game were missed or went the wrong way. It’s never perfect.