Do you promise too many things to too many people? I see that hand.
Been reviewing student research topics this week. The biggest problem? Lack of focus. You can’t write about world hunger in a 5-7 page paper. You can address lack of nutritional meals for children in Amarillo.
Lack of focus is a problem for me, too. It’s something I try to remind myself of when I take on a new responsibility. “OK, Mike, what are you going to give up so you can do this?”
It’s the question I should ask, but most often I don’t. Because I don’t like to say no to nice people and worthy projects. Because I feel guilty if I do. Because my self esteem is so tied to what others think.
But the truth is I can disappoint them now or disappoint them later. Because, when I try to do too many things, I risk not doing any of them well. And, then, everyone is let down. Including me.