Stop, Look, Listen
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Stop, Look, Listen

Hustling seems to be like the norm nowadays. Hustle this, hustle that. If you don’t hustle then you’re lazy but I’d beg to disagree because as an introvert I prefer to do things methodically.

There’s nothing wrong with hustling, it’s just that I see a lot of trial and error in it which then translates to wasted resources. Hustling allows you see results fast but oftentimes not the result you want.

Doing things methodically on the other hand begins by stopping everything, looking at the situation and then listening for answers.

Stop

You have this great idea and you want to run with it. Don’t. Instead I want you to stop, take a deep breathe, lower that excitement, and allow yourself to process everything. Don’t be impulsive, don’t let your heart decide for you, use your brain instead.

Look

Once you have quieted yourself, you move on and objectively look at the situation and ask yourself these questions.

  • Do you really have to do it?
  • How much resources (time, money, people, etc) will it cost?
  • What would it take for you to accomplish it?
  • Who do you need to partner with to make the burden lighter?
  • Where would you do it?
  • When is the best time to begin?

Listen

After doing your calculations you may now move on to the third step which is to listen. How do you feel about it now that you’ve objectively look at it. If “looking” requires your brain, “listening” requires your heart. What does your heart tell you about it now?

If you still positively and honestly believe that you can do it then go ahead with it. The only difference this time is that you’re armed with knowledge and a strategy which you never had if you just hustled your way through.

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  1. knowing you for quite a longtime..it surprises me to know that you’re an introvert..anyways..thank you for this..it makes me think..am i an introvert or extrovert..šŸ¤”

    1. Truth be told, I did not know what I was until recently. Some say I’m an extrovert while others say otherwise. So I decided to do a personality check and it found out I’m on the introvert side of the camp. šŸ™‚ The good part is that once I figured it out everything started to make sense for me.

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