We’ve talked a lot about what the EOS Life is in this blog series and specific steps you can take to achieve it. But I want to be clear about something. Living your EOS Life isn’t a destination — it’s a journey.
I don’t want you to think for a minute that you just wake up one day and say, “Ah! I have arrived and I’m now living the perfect EOS Life.” It doesn’t work that way. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s a journey, and this journey (as with any journey in life, really) has its ups and downs. Sometimes you’ll be running on all cylinders like nothing can stop you, and the next moment you’re chugging along just trying to get up the next hill.
The other reason I don’t want you to treat your EOS Life as a destination is that I don’t want you to think you won’t be happy or fulfilled along the way. Not even close. That’s why when we talk about the EOS Life, we talk about the EOS Tools you can use to help you in each of the five points. That way, you can get closer to your 100%, making progress each day toward that goal.
Moving Toward 100%
In The EOS Life, Gino Wickman talks about the EOS Tools you can use to help you gain traction in each of the five points (you can download them all for free on the EOS Life website). As a quick recap, the five points of the EOS Life are:
- Doing what you love
- With people you love
- Making a huge difference and impact
- Being compensated appropriately
- With time for other passions
Using the Tools is all about taking action toward being able to rate yourself a 10 in each of the five points of the EOS Life.
For example, when it comes to Doing What You Love, use the Delegate and Elevate™ Tool. That’s where you’ll discover what you really love doing while identifying the things you don’t love doing and then delegating those to others. Next, use the Accountability Chart™, which is the ultimate Tool for delegation. Use the Tools that Gino talks about in the book for each of the five points.
As entrepreneurs, we spend a lot of time measuring our progress in our businesses. But now as you go through each of the five points of the EOS Life, measure the progress you’re making in moving the needle toward living your ideal life. Take your head out of your business and instead make time to check in with yourself on a personal level. Make a gut check, if you will.
Heading in the Right Direction
As I always say, “What gets measured gets done.” Gino lays this out really well in his book when it comes to measuring how far you’ve progressed on your EOS Life journey. At the end of each chapter about the five points, he asks you to answer what boils down to four basic questions:
- How close are you to 10 in this discipline?
- What would it look like to be at 10?
- Why aren’t you there yet?
- What would it take to get to 10?
That’s really all there is to it. Measure your progress from day to day or month to month. Whatever works for you. I guarantee you’ll be happier, more excited, and more fulfilled by simply taking massive action in each of the five areas.
It really is progress and not perfection. If you wait until you’re perfect and everything in your life is perfect, life will pass you by. Get started on this EOS Life journey and start reaping the rewards today.