My brother-in-law once told my sister that she could have anything she wanted. Anything, just not everything. It was a profound statement.
It rang in my head yesterday as I was participating in the cabinet retreat for our university. As we looked ahead to the opportunities and challenges of the coming year – and future strategic plan goals – it was reinforced that we have more dreams than resources; more additions than discontinuations. It is difficult to balance genuine operational needs with strategic initiatives; to juggle enhancements while maintaining price controls and to attend to today while paving the way to create tomorrow.
In a situation where there are more needs than dollars – and who isn’t there – it is essential to prioritize and focus on the any-one-thing that will be a difference maker instead of ineffectively trying to do everything. Say no to something to give yourself a chance at making an impact at anything.
— beth triplett