My friend Dru and I were discussing moving fast on Monday and he mentioned that Patrick Collison, the co-founder and CEO of Stripe, had written a piece on moving fast. You can find that essay here:
It has some great examples of projects that moved fast, but it didn't share how to move fast. This is something I know a little bit about, so here's how I think about moving fast.
You need a tracker of some kind. In almost every biography I read, the individual tracked behavior they desired more of, want to keep, or to eliminate.
You must track what's important. In order to figure out what to track, you have to ask yourself powerful questions. You want to track things that will help you. To do this you must ask yourself questions that will allow you to:
- Create more of what you want
- Preserve what you want to keep
- Eliminate that which you don't want
- Accept the negative elements
You can also view the questions through key areas of your life:
- Health & Fitness
- Love relationship(s)
- Social life
- Quality of life
- Intellectual life
- Emotional life
Framing the questions matters. I recommend starting all questions with "Did I do my best to..."
Core questions may include, Did I do my best to...
- set clear goals?
- make progress toward goal achievement?
- find meaning?
- be happy?
- build positive relationships?
- be fully engaged?
Questions related to key areas of your life might include:
- achieve my vision for my love relationship?
- achieve my vision for my financial life?
- preserve all client relationships?
- be grateful for what I have?
- avoid angry or destructive comments about others?
- forgive myself and others for perceived mistakes?
- avoid trying to prove I'm right when it's not worth it?
- not waste energy on what I cannot change?
- get a good night's sleep?
- have a healthy diet?
- achieve my vision for my life?
You get the idea. Armed with a tracker that can help you assess how you're progressing on a daily basis you will find that week over week you'll be moving fast in areas you care about.
This is no doubt that there will be certain areas that are stalled. Looking at zeros across the week in a category can be jarring, but it's data. Do you need to change some things in your life? Do you need to change some people in your life? Do you need help? Do you need a coach or a therapist?
I've built a tracker that I use with my executive clients that I'm offering for you to download. You can find it here:
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