Debunking The Myth of Productivity Limits 58

Debunking The Myth of Productivity Limits

Being productive is one of the main goals of those who want to improve themselves and their life. Progress in any kind is a result of getting things done, taking actions, doing more, and thus achieving more.

But what prevents us from taking our current productivity level further is that we think it’s got limits. When in fact we just haven’t tried harder.

It’s the same with human endurance – people don’t really know how much they’re capable of physically, before they are put in a situation that requires them to go for an extended period of time without food or else, for instance.

It’s no different with productivity. But we insist on not trying to do things faster, better and for longer because we don’t even assume it’s possible.

So the myth of productivity limits consists of these elements:

– not even trying to achieve more results and accepting our current level as the end result;

– not doing more of what works;

– thinking we’re being realistic, when in fact we just don’t dare to dream bigger.

Here are some examples:

I never really knew I could produce so much content for my blog before I actually decided to do it. Before that I believed in writer’s block, waited for inspiration, put too much pressure into creating the best posts.

But now I can write effortlessly for hours daily. It’s a habit, discipline, an exercise, a hobby, a therapy, what I know I should be doing and what feels right. And has nothing to do with all the excuses above.

Many people admire successful individuals who get up at 4 or 5, have a powerful morning routine and then spend their whole day hustling to get closer to their goals.

But the truth is that they don’t even try to do that. They may keep reading about such people, following them online and complaining about not being like them, but they don’t set their alarm for 5 and get out of bed.

They don’t have the mindset of a person that’s changing and improving daily. And that stops them from taking action.

I’ve read many stories of people who were once couch potatoes that tried to get up early and go jogging a few times a year. It never really worked, though.

But they got to know themselves, analyzed the limitations they had set to themselves, decided to change, made small changes in their lifestyle, and then some more.

And now, years later, they run marathons just for fun.

It’s a result of gradual improvement, and a lot of hard work, dedication, patience and discipline. But the difference between this new version of themselves and who they were back then is mind-blowing.

And all that is possible because after each little achievement on the way, they believed that if they could do that, they can do much more.

That’s how things work. You do something, believe in yourself, expand your horizons, and try to do more of it. And soon you see big changes going on in your life.

What you need to do right now is forget about the myth that productivity has limits and go after what you want.

What do you think about that? When are you most productive? And do you set limits to yourself?

See also:

Time Assets vs. Time Debts: A Different Way of Thinking About Productivity
The Only 3 Ways to Be More Productive

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.