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Don’t Lose Your Greatness in the Day-To-Day

March 15, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

It’s very easy to get “busy.” We’re all busy. Nine times out of ten when I ask somebody how are they doing, they’ll tell me they’re busy.

Some entrepreneurs will say, “I’m sorry,” if somebody tells them they’re busy because it’s a sign that they are overwhelmed. Certainly, I have a lot of periods of time where I get busy. I feel like I’m stuck in a trap of getting stuff out the door. I’m not being creative, and I’m not at my highest level, but for moments it’s necessary.

I just try to have less and less of those moments. You can lose track of the bigger picture when you’re busy. Unfortunately, for some people, I see them in a cycle of being busy. They’re busy for so long that they lose track of who they are.

It’s like Rip Van Winkle. They fall asleep in the busy, and remain busy. When the “busy” slows down they don’t know who they are anymore.

The real question for you is, what are you doing to control the busy? How are you making sure that you’re still achieving your goals, and you’re not getting lost in the day-to-day, that you’re not losing yourself, that you’re going to come out on the other end? It’s very tempting just to be busy.

It’s very tempting to forget about what’s possible. What are you doing to define who you are, and where you’re going and make sure that you don’t get lost in the day-to-day? You need to have some time for intentionality; you need to have your direction. You need to plan. If you can’t do it on your own, get some help.

At McBride for Business, we have presentations that help get you into a planning cycle and break that cycle of “go, go, go.” We also offer one-on-one executive-style coaching and counseling to help people reinvent you, but you don’t have to use us. Find somebody you trust. Rely on them, work with them. Let them help you see what’s going on from the outside and break the cycle.

Don’t fall asleep on life and wake up somewhere you didn’t expect. Be your true self, be intentional. Bring elements of you in every day. What are you doing to reach your greatness? How are you making sure you don’t get lost in the day-to-day? How are you stepping things up? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your thoughts and experience.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at or (214) 418-0258.


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