Why You Won’t Change
The more I speak about how to be productive, the more I see a disturbing trend.
I’ve begun seeing some of the same people at multiple speaking engagements. And while I am excited to see them, something is not right.
They are enthusiastic about seeing me. Take copious notes. Clap and nod their heads.
Only…nothing changes in the way they do things.
That’s why I began to re-evaluate what I teach.
The best hammer
If I told you I had the best hammer in the world, that it would solve all of your problems but you didn’t walk over, pick up the hammer and use it, I’ve wasted my breath in telling you all about it.
The same thing applies with what I am teaching my audiences (including clients and those following me on social media — and you reading these words).
It’s not the tactics, strategies or whatever you want to call them that will solve your productivity challenges. It’s the implementation!
I had a epiphany recently. I realized I needed to go back. I needed talk about how to go from where you are now to where you want to be. When you are where you want to be, then and only then can I tell you about cool things like apps.
So, I went back.
Back. Back. Back.
Why do people who know what to do not do it?
I didn’t like psychology when I took the one class in college many years ago, but I had to go there.
And I did.
There are several reasons why people don’t move from being a procrastinator to being productive. While these reasons are not exhaustive, they are the major ones.
- Fear — they lack self-confidence. They are afraid they will screw up (newsflash: we all do…every day!). And so they stay where they are.
- Feeling overwhelmed — they are so far behind, they don’t know what to do next. Everything needs to be done and they are getting further and further behind. They feel hopeless.
- They lack knowledge — they truly want to get more things done which will result in them experiencing a sense of freedom and peace but they don’t know how.
- They don’t care — some people just don’t care about getting better at productivity or anything else.
Which of these reasons apply to you? You don’t have to tell anyone so be completely honest with yourself.
Solving your challenges starts with recognizing you have an issue. Only then can you begin the process of solving it.
Perhaps the most difficult reason to overcome is fear. For this, I suggest you take the “just yank the bandage off in one pull” approach. In other words, face your fear head on. Will this be easy? No! But the sooner you begin to stand up to your fear, the sooner you will begin to overcome whatever it is.
What to do: pick one thing that you are fearful of and do it! This does not have to have anything to do with productivity. Just pick something you fear and do it. When you are successful, you will begin to build that muscle. And when you do that, your encouragement will begin to spread into other areas of your life.
What if you are feeling overwhelmed? Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, you won’t completely rid yourself of the feeling overwhelmed in a day either. But you can take baby steps.
What to do: choose one item that needs to be done, one that you’ve been putting off for far too long and begin to work on it. I would suggest you don’t pick something really complicated or that will take a long time. I want you to get a quick win under your belt and begin to build momentum.
Do you lack the knowledge to be more productive? Have I got good news for you!
What to do: Google or search YouTube for how to do whatever you need to do. This is how I learned YouTube, iMovie for the Mac and podcasting. Note: make sure you reading/watching people who know what they’re talking about. On YouTube, see how many views the video got, how people gave it a thumbs up and left comments. You can learn just about anything on Google and YouTube.
Now, if you don’t care, well, I’m not going to try to convince you to care. You have to want to care first. Only then can you begin the process of improving not only your productivity but your life!
Back to the title
In this article, I explained why you won’t change. But I truly want you to. I encourage you to schedule time on your calendar to think about your productivity and what is holding you back and what you need to do about it.
It’s all about baby steps. Don’t try to solve all your woes in one sitting or one day. This is a recipe for failure.
Instead, get a small victory under your belt. Build that momentum and sooner than you realize, you will be like a locomotive building steam and speed.
If I can help you in this process, let me know.