If you have taken the Productivity Challenge you should be almost ready to create a plan! Let’s recap the first three rules of productivity.
Productivity Rule #1 – Cornerstone of All! This rule explained that the cornerstone of any and all productivity is positive self leadership. This rule discusses the need to live our personal value system and be authentic. “Get our minds right.”
Productivity Rule #2 – WHY? This rule showed us to the need to figure out our purpose… our purpose is our “Big Why.” It is imperative that we have clarity around why are we doing what we are doing and that our why is big enough! If we don’t have both of those elements, when the going gets tough we won’t have the tenacity necessary to stay the course against all odds and we will have wasted a lot of time.
Productivity Rule #3 – What? This rule showed us how to take our purpose (our why) and connect it to our vision. Our vision is really our “what,” it shows us who we want to be and what we want to do and have.
The process of completing productivity Rule # 3, creating my vision, was an amazing experience. Writing a detailed look at “a perfect day in my life five years from now” really opened my eyes to what it actually is that I desire to create.
As I was completing that process I realized that a few of the action items I was ready to “pull the trigger on” were things that were not going to create the lifestyle I desired. It’s sure great to know that now. I would hate to arrive at a destination five years from now only to find that it’s the wrong one!
It was a wonderful exercise that has thoroughly prepared me for the next productivity rule… charting our course!
English: Ship In A Storm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Would you agree that everyone loves learning about themselves? When I was younger in my professional development I had a personality profile conducted called “Heritage Profile.” There is a page in it that says “The Truth About Lisa Thorne” It goes on to list eleven things that encourage me.
One of the things that encourages me is when I create stability and build from that foundation. As I consider this attribute I recognize its relationship to productivity. Without a stable foundation is it really possible to be productive?
Imagine you are on a ship out at sea in the middle of a raging storm. You have set up your target, you have your bow and arrow and you are ready for target practice. You are determined to get a bulls-eye. The boat is rocking violently from side to side and the visibility is poor. You can hardly stay standing. Could you do it with that kind of foundation?
How much would your chances improve if you steered to shore, got in out of the storm and set your target on a stable foundation?
May we all plan and reflect and BUILD a solid foundation for our businesses and our lives!
It is clear to me that he understood very well the concept that fear paralyses and faith moves us forward.
As we move through these tough economic times I often find myself reflecting on General Jackson’s advice. “Never take counsel from your fears.”
When ever fear begins to creep in I remember his advice and I jump right into action! It is a universal impossibility for fear and faith to coexist. The best medicine for fear is faith! The best expression of faith is ACTION!