How To Be Productive

Work is your effort over a period of time. Performance is work in the direction of your goal. Productivity is the measure of how well you perform. The more productive you are, the quicker you are moving in the direction of your goal.

Are you someone who would like to be more productive? I know I am. I know how unproductive I can be — and it’s not because I am lazy. Be honest — you know what I’m saying. You feel it yourself. Not all cylinders are firing. It’s like you are a bright red Mustang but you feel like you are accelerating with a Yaris engine. Something’s got to change.

I want to help increase your performance.

Why do this? Because I genuinely want to help you.

Why listen to me? Because I am on a steep learning curve myself, and I’ve got stuff to share which has transformed my life. Don’t believe me? Ask my wife.

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I don’t know about you, but I am SUPER impatient. Can you identify with that? I want to be there, last year. Not today, not tomorrow, and definitely not in a year, two years, 10 or 20 years from now. And yet, somehow, our big goals are more likely to be one, two, ten or even twenty years away! So really the whole performance thing started as a result of my impatience.

If you resonate with this, please read on. It probably won’t interest you if you enjoy floating down the river and don’t have much concept of time. I want results. I want to win. And if possible, I want it now.

I want to squeeze as much out of life as I can. When I die, I want people to say, “Wow! this guy maxed-out every day TO THE FULL. He lived 240 hours every day. Why? Am I selfish? I don’t think so. I believe its our responsibility to max out every day we are given with breath in our lungs. If you only have 30 years, go hard for 30 years. If you get 80, go hard for 80.

The starting point for great performance, I believe, is an overwhelming, unquenchable desire to see something become reality which currently is not. A vision of the future worthy of your full attention and focus. By focusing on the end-game, you fill the tank that fuels performance.

The starting point for great performance is an overwhelming, unquenchable desire to see something become reality which currently is not.

So what is yours? What’s your end-game? What is it that you want to see? What is the game you want to be playing? Can you see it? Call me crazy. I hope you do! I have a lot of trouble believing that you can be a great performer if you don’t have this desire; and if you are a super performer, and couldn’t care less, then you’ve got the wrong goal.

That goal needs to make you bubble up inside. Start there.

I’ll give you plenty more to chew on in the coming weeks, so don’t get distracted!