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And now the mind trick that could change your life, if the force is with you:
A buddy of mine runs a business. He found his employees weren’t getting invoices done at the end of the day. Memos down and promises up weren’t working. To solve the problem, he went around to the employees one-by-one in the last half hour of each day and asked for them to put the paperwork on his desk before they left. No, they shouldn’t have needed babysitting. Yes, they should have understood that getting the invoices recorded daily is fuel for the engine of business. However, it was necessary so he made them aware he was watching. It worked.
Accountability works. Measurement works.
Now how can we who are solo entrepreneurs and artists use that management strategy?
We have to manage ourselves. What to do?
No one is checking on me so when I want to get something done, I don’t use a to-do list I’m going to ignore and/or fail. I use my imagination. Want to lose weight, complete a project or be a better person? Imagine a film crew is following you around and catching every move. Maybe it’s an inspiring documentary or maybe you’re the hero of your own action thriller. What do heroes and heroines do? Do that. The camera’s eye might make you cook with a little more flair and crack eggs one-handed. Maybe it sounds stupid, but this Jedi mind trick made me a better tennis player.
The key is decide who you want to be. Now be that.
Embrace the role. Method act. Fake it till you make it.
And kill anyone who stands in your way.
(Depending on what type of movie you’re making.)
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- How Do You Identify a Jedi Knight? (pandodaily.com)