Seth Godin (him again) had a great post couple of days ago. I am going to quote it in full, it was headlined “The Agenda”:
The job of the CEO isn’t to check things off the agenda. Her job is to set the agenda, to figure out what’s next.
Now that more and more of us are supposed to be CEO of our own lives and careers, it might be time to rethink who’s setting your agenda.
And today, Merlin Mann hit exactly the same spot (sent along by Johannes, @jkleske), explaining how he will (writing his book) stop being a slave to deadlines but instead continue writing the book he wants to write.
Both articles point very close to home. The key here is that before you make the tough decisions you actually have to decide what’s important to you. Many people don’t really know what they want.