Sunday Firesides: Change at the Leverage Point

A fire chief shares the story of how he used to be a skeptic, but his perspective changed when he became a first responder. He talks about getting into the mindset necessary for being an effective firefighter and leader.

There are certainly a few aspects of your life that you’d want to modify or enhance at any given moment. How do you decide where to concentrate your energies and attention, given that it’s probably ideal to go for one objective at a time?

Choose the most powerful leverage point.

A leverage point is a location where you can lift a significantly bigger burden of cash than you could otherwise. It’s a place where a single action not only has a limited impact, but also sets off a cascade of positive dominoes that spread across your whole life system.

You’ll be healthier and look better if you reduce weight, which will raise your confidence, increase your chances of finding a long-term relationship, and make you happier in general.

If you start working out, your mood will improve, and you may be able to stop taking that antidepressant that’s killing your sex drive, which will enhance your connection with your wife and make you happy overall.

If you don’t press the snooze button in the morning, you’ll have more time to meditate, which will make you less stressed, more focused at work, and less irritable with your children, all of which will make you a lot happier overall.

Perhaps the only adjustment you need to make is to hire a cleaner, which will allow you to clear your mind and have less arguments with your wife. This will help you feel much better in overall.

What is the best way to find a significant leverage point in your life?

“What is the one thing I can do that will make everything else easy or unnecessary?” asks real estate billionaire Gary Keller.

That is where you should go to work.