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A Contribution from Maurice Gavin, a former staff presenter and coach with David Allen Company
At ‘that’ moment, you understand the power of getting it out of your head.
Some might think that means merely writing it down, but it actually requires one to implement Peter Drucker’s thinking from the Effective Executive treatise (1969) that one must:
- decide a desired outcome
- frame a next action and, if possible,
- execute that next action as quickly as is possible (in an attempt to achieve the desire of your outcome).
When you are concerned about:
- your soon-to-be-newborn’s heart rate
- the speed with which they are intending to induce your wife and
- the fact that you are still 45 minutes away from the hospital,
…you realize the power of being able to focus past your desired outcome toward next action execution. At times like these, with as little unproductive stress as possible, you hope to conduct yourself such that you can eliminate all drag associated with achieving the desire of your outcome(s).
And thanks to Providence and the mechanics of GTD, I was able to arrive just in time to see them starting the inducement process and to be the support my wife needed (I still need personal growth in this area) to get through the initial steps in the process.