Are you aware of what’s getting in your way from fulfilling your potential? What’s stopping you from being a massive success (your definition of success of course)? Many times when we think about success we think about what we need to do… we think of better productivity.
Often times we can maximize our potential and our productivity simply by not doing a few things.
Let’s look at some examples.
Social Media Junkie
For most people, if they spent 50% of the time they spent on Facebook (or other social media sites) on their goals, they would be more successful. Bottom line.
We all want to keep in contact, we all want to stay connected, we all want to know what’s going on with our friends and family; but a line has to be drawn. If you’re using Facebook to network, great. If you’re using Facebook to connect and build relationships with people who are headed in the same direction as you, great. If you’re using Facebook for multiple hours a day because you’re bored, that’s a problem. If you don’t have a plan and can’t find anything better to do with your time, that’s a problem. Wasting time is a habit we cannot afford to have. Time is the ‘stuff’ of life and if we allow different things to suck up our time, we are killing opportunity.
We live in the age of information overload and mass distractions. In today’s world the people who are least distracted win. How much work can we really accomplish online if we have 20 different tabs open? If this sounds like you, take some time to study productivity, habit building and the best practices for whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. Distraction will allow you to waste time and dilute your potential. Make a decision; what’s more important your dreams or the distractions?
The lack of vision, purpose and direction
Where do you want to be in 5 years, 10 years, or even next month? What do you want to have? What do you want life to be like? We can’t stay on course if we never set one to begin with. When we have a sense of purpose and direction the distractions become a lot less appealing. If we don’t generate a sense of purpose and direction, we’re just blowing in the wind falling victim to all the time wasters around us. Take the time to define yourself; who you are, who you want to be and where you want to go. Of course love life, have fun, smile. I’m not saying take life TOO serious. Just know who you are and don’t compromise it, you will regret it later.
Spending time with all the wrong people
It’s real simple, if you’re hanging out with people who don’t push you – you’re losing. You’re losing out on all the positive relationships you could be having. You’re losing out on how your time is spent. Of course motivation and inspiration come from within, but we can never underestimate the influence of external circumstances like friends and relationships. Think about the people that you surround yourself with on a regular basis. Do they support you? Do they believe in you? Do they really want to see you succeed? If the answer is yes, you’re blessed. If the answer is no, then you know what you need to do. For fun, sign into a social media account and look at all the people on your list. Be honest with yourself. Who are the people you could build your dream with? Who really improves the quality of your life? Only surround yourself with quality people.
Multitasking leads to average everything
Multitasking is a myth. It’s impossible to be great at multiple things at the same time. What is one thing you want to accomplish right now? What will have a positive impact on many other things? Don’t try to do too much. Cutback. Do what is essential. Do what is the most important thing right now and don’t put it down until it’s complete. When you’ve completed with focused and undistracted action, you will tap into a new level of creativity, a new level of confidence and you’ll get a new result. A result that could open up doors that previously would’ve been locked.
Putting off challenges
Are you a procrastinator? Do you major in minor things? Are you doing things that don’t really matter to avoid doing the things that do matter? Every time we don’t act, we push it back. Why is it that we can get so much done right before it’s due? For my travellers out there, why is it that we are so productive the day before a vacation or business trip? Break the habit of putting things off. If it’s a small thing, knock it down now. David Allen says that if it can take you less than two minutes to get done, don’t put it on a list – get it done!