As we all settle into the “New Normal” I have been thinking often with my teams while in session, on the phone during check in’s and during my weekly clarity break times about the EOS Life®.
The EOS Life® is doing what you love, with people you love, making a significant difference, being compensated appropriately, and having time to pursue other passions.
The EOS Life® doesn’t happen with wishful thinking, it takes vision, hard work, discipline, accountability and last but not least thinking. It is a by-product of running a better business. Running a better business will happen by implementing EOS® and strengthening the Six Key Components™ of your business.
But taking time to think and get clarity taking is the first step.
Before I go into what I am going to share on the EOS Life® today I want to quickly teach you and encourage you and your leadership team to begin the practice of taking weekly Clarity Breaks™.
What Are Clarity Breaks™?
A Clarity Break™, at least how we define them in EOS®, is a regularly scheduled appointment on your calendar with yourself to work on your business. Clarity Breaks™ allow you to clear your head, envision the future, think strategically, and focus on what’s most important.
Without regular time to work on your business, you risk becoming a victim of activity. Trapped in your day-to-day routines, to-do lists, and meetings, you remain working in the business, unable to focus on more high-value activities, such as strategy, key partnerships or new products, services and approaches.
Okay, here is what has been front and center for me along this journey regarding how our lives focus IT’S STILL ABOUT (and always will be) LIVING THE EOS LIFE®! Nothing, not even a global pandemic, should change this clarity and focus as entrepreneurs.
During his keynote address at the annual Conference for Companies Running on EOS®, Gino Wickman, founder of EOS®, described the discovery he made about what lies at the heart of what all of us really want from our businesses and lives. Gino calls this “The EOS Life®”. Like all things in EOS®, it’s simple but not necessarily easy. It’s a life that consists of:
• DOING WHAT YOU LOVE
When we spend our time doing what we love to do and are great at doing, our energy and creativity are at their peak. The possibilities are endless.
• WITH PEOPLE YOU LOVE
When surrounded by people that we truly love to be around and to work with, we collectively create value for one another and attract others who are willing and able to help us grow.
• MAKING AN IMPACT
While it may sound like a cliché, the value we create by obsessively doing what we love, with people we love, positively changes people’s lives. This change is exponential. It creates momentum and accelerates personal and organizational growth.
• BEING APPROPRIATELY COMPENSATED FOR WHAT YOU DO
The value of what we create when doing what we love rises for everyone connected to us. The more time we spend doing what we love with people we love, the more valuable we are to the world.
• HAVING TIME TO PURSUE OTHER PASSIONS
Our businesses are really just a means to an end. All of us have families, hobbies and other things we love to do and that place a call on our time. The freedom to choose how we use our time is the ultimate return on investment.
You may have noticed that the word “LOVE” appears 10 times in that description. This is not an accident. This is about true passion, not about “like” and “enjoy.”
If the EOS Life® sounds good to you, here’s an exercise to get you moving toward it.
It’s called “Commitment Time,” and involves FIVE SIMPLE STEPS:
Step 1: Schedule an hour of uninterrupted time with yourself out of the office. Turn off all your devices. This hour is 100% thinking work, aka ‘Taking a Clarity Break™’.
Step 2: Use the framework above to challenge yourself and to describe what your EOS Life® would look like. For each element of the EOS Life®, describe specifically and clearly what you love and what you want.
Step 3: Capture your thoughts on a single sheet of paper.
Step 4: Pick a future date when you’ll be living the life you just described.
Step 5: Get to work.