Blog Post: Sharpen Your Axe
“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six hours sharpening my axe “ – Abraham Lincoln
The first week of January always brings a season of improvement; use that gym membership, start flossing more, pay off all that new found holiday related credit card debt. We see the beginning of a new year as a new chance to form new habits.
I chose this quote to open the new year with in order to get everyone thinking about how they would like to strategize the new year.
In the quote above (disputably attributed to Abraham Lincoln), the sentiment refers to knowing what your task is, what your deadline is and finding the most efficient way to complete that task. It speaks to foresight instead of reaction and making sure that whatever action you take, has the strongest impact and you’re giving it your all.
This is a great way to go about those new year resolutions – instead of just aiming for improvement for the sake of improvement, your results might exceed your expectations if you strategize it.
This approach can be applied to our craft here at IU. Many of you have specific goals in mind; maybe it’s to obtain rental properties, maybe it’s a specific amount that you want to earn this year…
You have 12 Months, what are you going to do in the first six to “sharpen your axe”?
Happy New Year
– Academics Director