Three Ways to Stop Spinning

September 12, 2018

Have you ever spent time with someone trying to fit “one more thing” in?

Maybe that’s even you.

If you’re ready to be done with being overwhelmed all the time…to end the non-stop plate spinning…here are three ways to get your spinning plates under control right now.


  • What problem do you want to solve?  Please note. Problem is singular.  What is the one issue your company is built to address?  Just one.  Southwest is built to get us affordably from place to place.  They aren’t built to serve us tasteless meals and disgusting snack boxes.


  • Put an end to straddling. When you’ve chosen that ONE thing, commit to it.  Don’t try it out.  For example, if you’re determined to grow your business, it might be time to leave your j-o-b.  It’s a crutch and keeps you from fully committing to your ONE thing.


  • Accept there will always be trade-offs. Yes, there will be something that doesn’t get done, that you don’t run towards, a problem that stays a problem.  Decide you’re willing to make the trade…living with the missed opportunity to put your shoulder into your ONE thing.  This will happen when you get comfortable saying, “Well, no…I’m so sorry.  I’m not going to do a thousand different things that really won’t contribute much to the end results I’m pushing for.”


Rushing from “must do” to “must do.”  Spinning tens of important things to keep your business moving.  Racing among them to keep each spinning and spinning.

And not hitting the ground.

I’m tired for you!

“That’s no way to run a railroad,” as my grandfather used to say.

It doesn’t have to be so crazy-making.

What it does take is a commitment to your plan, to accomplish your ONE BIG THING.

I know it seems to make no sense on the surface, but the best way to do more is to concentrate on doing less.  Doing ONLY the actions that take you to the ONE problem you want to solve.

What’s the problem you want to solve???

Go forth and do great things,

Martha Hanlon & Chris Williams