If I could only ___ then I could ____.
I just need to ___, then I can get started with ____.
I’m having trouble with ____, so I can’t ____ enough.
These might sound familiar. Some people call them excuses.
Some excuses are more valid than others, and some of us are better at making them than others.
So, really, not the excuses themselves that hold us back. It’s calibrating our “excuse radar” that gets us. How good are you at detecting your own excuses?
What will you do today to start being honest with yourself?
Being honest with yourself about this is the only way to open yourself to the possibility of success.
Only after we do this can we apply the hard work required to be highly productive.
The only way to get better at being honest with ourselves is by practicing again, and again, and again.
What’s an excuse you’ve made recently that’s total bullshit?
Don’t leave this post until you think of something. NO EXCUSES. You have the 15 seconds it’s going to take. Be real about this.
Once you do this, you’ll have built momentum. Notice the positive feeling you get from it. It’s accomplishment. It’s pride. It’s confidence that you can do it again.
You’ll have made it just a little easier for your brain to do it again. You’ll have started the process of rewiring your neurons to arrange themselves for high productivity.
Go get ’em.
Some people think this is a big question, and others think it’s a small one.
If you want to do something meaningful, it’s going to be hard.
Things will break. People will quit. Your family will tell you you’re crazy.
And then it’ll get worse.
You’ll run out of money. You’ll lose your house. Someone will die.
Here’s the big secret that no one seems to realize:
These are not roadblocks. They’re hurdles.
You will have to choose whether you want to sidestep, jump, break through, or turn back.
It’s up to you to decide what’s an adequate strategy for getting around/over/through them.
At the end of it all, you’re going to have to answer to yourself and your actions. You’re going to have to justify it.
That means that your number 1 priority is answering: “Why do I get up in the morning?”
Because it’s going to get hard, and you’re going to question your drive.
And if you can generate an answer that consistently puts you back in the saddle, you’re going to have a much better chance of overcoming adversity.
Why do YOU get up in the morning?
Productivity is about output.
It’s about hunkering down, nose to the grind, and cranking out work.
Productivity increases as you get better at focusing on what’s important and sticking to it.
But to produce new, quality work on a consistent basis, we need to be creative and innovative.
This requires an adaptive and changing world view.
Consistent and high quality output requires consistent, high quality input.
It’s easy to cling to Medium and read every productivity blog post that exists, but is that an excuse?
Do you know yourself well enough to tell if you’re avoiding the hard work?
Everyone has a different input to output ratio.
How much new, valuable information are you consuming vs. how much new valuable information you are producing.
If we follow the the Pareto Principle (the 80/20 rule), we find that 80% production and 20% consumption might work for most people.
What’s YOUR optimal productivity ratio?