Lies About Productive People
When I cross off everything on my daily plan, I am satisfied. But lately, I’ve been asking myself — am I really? Do I really feel better after doing everything I did that day?
It’s a difficult question to answer.
However, I find the answer to it when I consider the contents of what I’ve actually done. The real issue here is this: Am I happier doing than I am not doing?
Again, a hard question.
I’m thinking about everything that I’ve done today and here’s what I’ve found. I read for an hour an a half. I wrote a chapter of my book for an hour. I watched the football game with my family. I prepared for my science fair project. I did a section of World History. I watched an episode of one of my favorite TV shows I haven’t gotten to see in a while.
The question is, would I have been happier had I not done any of those things?
I don’t think I would have. I don’t think it’s just me, either. Sometimes those look on the outside at productive people and think this, “I couldn’t do that,” “How can they be happy?”, “They won’t be happy until they achieve their goal — if they achieve their goal.”
I don’t think those statements are true.
1. I can’t be like them
I’m not the only one out there who likes to get things done. But it’s not just crossing things off the list. It’s me growing. When I did a World History lesson, I learned more about the world around me and the people that I might interact with in the future.
I found some great songs for helping me learn how to conjugate Spanish verbs and increased my ability to learn with ease, as well as one day communicate with millions of more people in the world with this language. I went to Mexico last month, and it was great. Despite that, it would have been much more fun and enjoyable and impactful had I known how to communicate more in-depth with the people there.
Anyone can be productive. You just have to find the value in the things that you’re accomplishing. Every page you read, every word you write, every language you learn, every task you finish should contribute to either your overall self or the world around you.
2. They aren’t really happy
I won’t speak for others, but when I have an impact — I enjoy it. When I am successful in planning my scouting troop’s meetings, I’m happy. Why? Because these people rely on me to make their Thursday afternoon’s awesome, and I do my best to deliver.
When I work hard and do well in a Speech or Debate tournament, I’m happy. The skills that I spent my time learning and refining didn’t just plant a ribbon and a certificate in my hands, they gave me the ability to properly communicate with others about their lives, and, most importantly, their faith.
I am happy when I accomplish because the achievements I bring about in myself and in those around me benefit the world, and benefit the Kingdom. I don’t say it to brag, I say it because it’s true for anyone who tries. Anyone who brings about improvement, change, and great projects.
3. They won’t be happy until they achieve their goal
I am happy the moment I start. Well, I try to be. It’s a work in progress. I am currently working on publishing my first book. My editor and I’s hope is that it will be on Amazon before January. But it’s not in that that I find happiness in joy — it’s in the fact that I’m trying, and the reason that I’m trying.
I will be an author because God called me to be one. Just knowing that statement brings me happiness. I am happy now, I am happy before I get the outward recognition.
“Private victories come before public victories.” [Stephen Covey]
Every time I start a project, every time I decide I’m uncomfortable with remaining stagnant, I have victory within myself and I’m happy.
This is why I’m productive. It’s the only reason I can make a change. It’s the only way I can be happy. It’s the only way I can fulfill God’ purpose for me in my life.
I hope you can apply this to your own life. Get out there and make things happen. There’s no other way.