Using Your Head, Not Your Feet
While growing up, I often heard my dad say, ‘What you don’t do with your head, you do with your feet.’ You can imagine as a young girl, I struggled to unravel that statement –but now I understand its truth. When we fail to use our heads, we wind up reworking a solution or wasting resources like time, money, and effort.
It often seems like taking time to prioritize our new tasks, organize a desk drawer, or even conduct a strategic analysis is too consuming. But it is the investment of time and effort to prepare for ‘the most important’ that actually SAVES time and effort.
Tips for Using Your Head:
- Create workflows or habits that build in efficiencies. A well-conceived plan is invaluable!
- Remain disciplined when following a good plan. Remember that second guessing a plan while in the mist of panic, is a sure way to create more work.
- Once you HAVE done some work ‘with your feet’, review and determine how to do more with your head next time.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman, an Executive Business Consultant with Leading Synergies, helps high-performing executives refine strategy, inspire teams, and delight clients (specializing in information technology, project management, consulting, and franchise management). She also leads Synergy Groups, weekly 55-minute case study conference calls for REALLY BUSY Christians in leadership. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 20 years.|