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Practically Improving Productivity

Here are 3 things you can do to grow in your productivity:

1. Visualize your winning outcome.


Do you have a vision for what you want to accomplish? If not, there’s your first problem – because that’s the starting point. Forest Gump was wiser than he realized when he said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably not wind up there.” You have to begin with the end in mind. Once you have a vision of where you are going, imagine the winning outcome with as much detail as you possibly can.


2. Get going.


Don’t wait until you know how to achieve the vision. Start where you are and work with whatever you have at the moment. You will find the people you need and the resources you need to equip yourself with as you go.

There's a quote I lean into on days when my focus is scattered or I don't know the next direction to go... Good things take time. “You can't expect to succeed if you only put in work on the days that you feel like it.” (Stephen Spielberg) If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. Leaders have to be willing to take action - even in the face of uncertainty.


Most people will not begin until they are prepared for one massive leap. The truth is, there are very few giant leaps in life, so don't sit and wait for the easy button to appear. If you’re willing to take one small step today that leads to ten tomorrow and one hundred the next day, you will have a chance to make a leap later.


3. What you focus on expands.


Many leaders spend all of their energy on a variety of ideas and directions rather than concentrating time, resources, and energy on what's most important now. It seems like a good idea, however it is not at all productive. In a world with more distractions than ever, your intentional consistency must be your focus.


4. Consistently reevaluate.


Productive leaders are always working to find better ways of doing things. John Maxwell says that for many leaders, “best” can become the enemy of “better”—just because something isn’t broken doesn’t mean that it can’t improve. Afterall, what if your most successful asset is actually the very thing that is holding you back from exponential growth? Don't ignore its potential!


OK.... Let’s get practical. Answer these 3 questions for yourself - be honest. If you are struggling with the answers, reach out. It's time to bring your Thinking Partner in!


1. How would you describe your vision for an ideal future? Describe it in as much detail as possible.


2. What are the current downhill habits in your life that are robbing you of your ideal future? Take your time and write them down.


3. Finally, what uphill habits do you need to cultivate to replace the downhill ones?

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