Too often we’re told to keep seeking More More More. To quantify our relationships, to focus on volume. Don’t even get me started on ‘funnels’…. I keep mine in my kitchen, thank you very much.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “You already know all the people you need to know, to build the life and business you want.”
I certainly have.
And while at first I was skeptical of the idea, now I believe there’s some truth in that statement.
Here’s the key: With all your connections, periodically examine who you can reconnect with.
- How do I keep track of the connections I already have?
- Am I even paying attention to all of them?
- Who among them would be good to reinvigorate?
- Who among them would be good to remove?
How often do we examine who we’re already connected with and how often do we – as my good friend and strategist Lisa Pezik says – sift and sort? When do we choose to review, refresh, remove and reconnect?
Not enough. And I’ll be the first in line to have my hand up on this one.
I pride myself on knowing a lot of people. Yet, I still need to remind myself not to get swept up in the false metric that volume = meaning or quality or momentum or meaning. Volume for volume’s sake is a endless errand we’re ill-equipped to run.
When we focus on quality, when we focus on reconnecting to find out what’s possible from existing connections before going to a new well, then we’re really focusing in on true connection.
Today I’ll commit to you: I’m sifting and sorting. Making decisions to guide my precious and finite time to be invested where it matters, where I can serve, where I can take care of people, where I can work fruitfully to build the life and work I love.
Will you make that same commitment?