How do you know when your ax has become dull? Unless you stop to examine your blade, you won't. As this Proverb says, as the ax dulls, as the blade loses its sharpness, the more physical effort required.
The truth is it's easy to end up with a dull ax in your hands. Many times stopping to evaluate the blades sharpness, feels like time wasted. When you are working hard to finish a task, the last thing you want to be slowed down by, is stopping to have maintenance done on your equipment. When we fail to examine the sharpness of our ax, when we fail to receive council and examine our techniques. We often end up working much harder than needed and produce far less.
Keep yourself sharp. Here are some ax sharpening questions to ask yourself:
Do you still remember what you initially were trying to accomplish when you began the task? Are your activities leading you closer to the completion of the task?
In regards to your vision or mission, are all of your activities bringing you closer to the accomplishment of your vision?
Is your ax sharp? Are you doing things as efficiently as possible? Or are you exerting more energy than what should be required?
Are you open to outside council? Are you open to let others evaluate the sharpness of your ax? And finally, are you seeing success from your efforts?
If you are not accomplishing what you intended to accomplish. If you are not experiencing success, a good place to start is by examining the sharpness of your ax.