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04-20-2007, 03:17 PM
What is "black belt" to you? It's not in the index of "Getting Things Done" so what's the correct definition in GTD terms?
Do you want to achieve black belt or are you satisfied with where you have got to now?
Should we all be aiming for "black belt" or is it just for an ambitious few?
04-20-2007, 04:25 PM
About 18 months ago, David Allen, Eric Mack, and I were doing a test recording to see if Skype would work for recording podcasts. Once the wires were twisted together and we began conversing in earnest, David asked me,
"So... how is Marc? How are you doing? Are you black belt?"
"Am I a black belt? No... I'd say I'm a solid brown belt and have occasional lapses into black-beltedness."
He then asked,
"But you know when you're slipping, when you're getting out of shape, right? And you know how to get yourself back in shape?"
I replied in the affirmative.
"Then you are at black belt," he said. "My karate teacher once told me that the true sign of a black belt is not that you operate at peak performance every minute of every day bu that you are in tune with yourself to know when you are out of balance and know exactly what you must do to get that balance back."
Hope that helps... it sure gave me a lift!
04-20-2007, 09:24 PM
What is "blackbelt" for me?
1. All the basics like always up-to-date lists offcourse.
2. The habbits like weekly review are done subconsciously. Automatic.
3. The "process" is completed (at least the first iteration). That means to me, any next-action is like "you can't wait to do it". No cringe, nop procrastination. No more projects you have to do because you thought you ove that to someone. All the weeds are rotten out of your life. Higher levels well defined, ready for anything.
04-21-2007, 02:15 PM
"My karate teacher once told me that the true sign of a black belt is no that you operate at peak performance every minute of every day bu that you are in tune with yourelf to know when you are out of balance and know exactly what you must do to get that balance back."
There's hope for all of us then!