Have you ever experienced working hard on something but achieving very little? You may have poured a lot of time and energy into it, but the results you get is below your expectation. On the other hand, you may have experienced working relatively less on something but achieving more than you expected. It’s as if you put 5 units of effort and got 8 units of result. It’s as if you received more than you deserved.
I have experienced both of them. Take this blog for example. Some of the most popular posts in this blog are those to which I spent relatively less time and energy. On the other hand, there are some posts to which I spent a lot of time and energy but went nowhere.
I learn a useful lesson from such experiences in my life: we can do less but achieve more. And – in my opinion – this is the key to do less but achieve more:
Follow the wind.
Let me explain. Imagine that you are now running to a certain direction. If there is no wind, you will run faster with more effort. That is the normal case which most people expect. Now imagine that the wind blows to the opposite direction. You will then run slower with more effort. This is the worst case, and I’m afraid that we experience it pretty often (it’s the experience of working hard with few results; sounds familiar?). The best case, of course, is the wind blows to the same direction. In that case, you will be able to run faster with less effort. You will receive more beyond your effort.
As you can see: if you follow the wind, you will do less but achieve more.
But how do you follow the wind? Obviously, it’s by first sensing where the wind is blowing so that you can move to that direction. And this is how you sense the wind: you sense the wind through your intuition. Your intuition can somehow tells you what is the right thing do.
So to accurately sense the wind you need to sharpen your intuition. You sharpen your intuition by increasing your spiritual intelligence (one of the four intelligences in Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit). Spiritual intelligence (SQ) – I believe – has strong influence on intuition. It makes your intuition more sensitive. It makes you capable to accurately sense where the wind is blowing.
This diagram summarizes what I’m talking about:
All these are based on my experiences. I know that some of you might not agree with some of the ideas here, and that’s fine. I just want to share what I’ve learned throughout the years which has been proven again and again in my life.
This lesson is important for me. In fact, this is one of the most important lessons I ever learn. There is still a lot of room for improvement for me, but this lesson is clearly well worth the effort (or to be exact, worth more than the effort).