Activity Without Accomplishment

I love inspirational movies that are based on a true story. One of my favorites is a basketball movie called Glory Road. (I you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it).

There is a scene in the movie where the the coach (Don Haskins) is working with a player one on one and he says, “Do you expect me to react to all that head shake and body gyration? It is activity without accomplishment.”
He was teaching him an important lesson in basketball but I think it has universal implications.

How often are we guilty of activity without accomplishment?

Are we constantly busy or are we actually productive? There is a difference.

I heard this analogy the other day and loved it.

“None of us should be like the fisherman who thinks he has been fishing all day when in reality he has spent most of his time getting to and from the water, eating lunch and fussing with his equipment. Fishing success is related to how long you have your line in the water, not to how long you are away from your home. Some fisherman are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the water for ten hours. Other fisherman are away from home for twelve hours and have their line in the water for only two hours. This last type may wonder why they do not have the same success as others, but the answer is clear.”

So as you analyze how you are spending your time make sure you are focusing on productivity and accomplishment.

What are the important, necessary things you can do today to move forward? If it is making calls, then don’t procrastinate – make your calls! If it is finishing a project – then get it done!

Don’t be guilty of activity without accomplishment.

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