4 Strategies to Be More Productive, Confident, and Happy
What is preventing you from becoming more productive confident, and happy in your career and life?
Most high achievers feel blocked when their performance starts to plateau. When he or she feels stagnated, someone who is usually a ball of energy starts to look at their day with dread. They stay in bed longer, feel overwhelmed and start to experience a lack of control.
Eventually, this heavy hitter starts to slip (although at first this is not noticeable to others). A feeling of hopelessness starts to creep in.
Have you experienced something like this in your life? You might describe it as if you were just “going through the motions”. Inside, you feel something’s wrong, but you haven’t come to terms with it yet.
To help you get out of that rut, I put together four strategies to get past that overwhelming feeling and be more productive, confident, and happy.
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1. Generate your own energy
It takes a lot of energy to stay at a peak performance level over the long-term. I’ve been doing it for fifteen years and it can be draining. You can’t be more productive, confident, and happy in your career and life if you’re in a constant state of fatigue and exhaustion.
To truly excel and serve in this world, you need to generate your own energy. Creating energy is about taking care of your body and staying at your peak performance state. However, it’s not just about taking care of your body; you also need to be concerned with your mental and emotional alertness. Your body, your brain, and your emotions are the keys to becoming more productive, confident and happy in all areas of your life.
It takes a lot of energy to stay at peak performance levels. To truly excel and serve in this world, you need to generate your own energy.
Increase your energy and you’ll become more productive. You’ll get more done in shorter periods of time and you’ll feel like you can take on the world, What you need to do to get closer to achieving your goals will become clearer. You’ll be more likely to eat healthier, work out regularly, and be more inclined to learn.
My top three methods for generating an abundance of energy is to:
i. Eat right. I’m not going to belabor eating right. It’s common knowledge (not common practice) to choose healthier, home cooked foods over processed foods. But I will add that you should get a food allergy test done by a professional dietician. Eliminating foods that you have a sensitivity to can help fix issues with bloating, water retention, and poor skin. When your body has to fight allergens, it takes up more energy, which is a catalyst for exhaustion.
ii. Exercise daily. Exercising gives you so much energy. It increases your blood and oxygen flow and releases endorphins (a hormone that blocks all sorts of pain) You feel like you can take on any task after a good exercise. Coincidentally, you might even lose some weight which could correct some of the aches and pains you have.
iii. Drink more water. Most of us walk around in a severely dehydrated state. Drinking plenty of water boosts your brain power, allowing you to think, focus and concentrate.
If you would like to read more about ways to boost your energy, I like this article from Michael Hyatt. Hyatt is the creator of Full Focus Planner, and is considered a thought-leader on accomplishing goals.
2. Become the best version of yourself
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the best version of yourself.
What do you look like? How much money do you make? Where do you work? How much money do you have in your savings?
What does a better you look like as a partner or spouse? What about as a parent?
Commit your life to becoming that person. It’s the best version of you, and that will help you live life with more vibrancy and meaning.
When you do this, you’ll look at the world differently. Instead of asking “What can I get done today?”, you’ll ask, “How can I make a difference today?”
Admittedly, I didn’t become a financial advisor for my love of finances or investments. It came out of a need to master my finances. At the age of 25, I was a successful entrepreneur generating six figures of revenue a year, but I was bleeding money.
I was lucky if I kept a third of the money I produced. I just wasn’t financially savvy enough to offset those taxes,and that left me feeling disappointed.
So at that point I started to focus on my strengths and hired professionals that could make up for financial weaknesses. When we are growing up, many adults tell us to focus on our strengths, but those people, while well meaning, are missing something important. I learned that when you only focus on your strengths, you don’t grow (in both your personal and professional life). You don’t become the best version of yourself.
I’m not saying that you need to hire financial professionals. They can be essential in your life, but only when you’re savvy enough to know how they’re helping. If it was absolutely essential to hire a financial professional, more people would hire one that’s a fiduciary (serves in your best interest) over working with one that’s really only a salesperson (sells financial and insurance products).
High achievers can envision themselves successfully achieving their goals and dreams. They know exactly the person they need to become, and most likely, it’s not who they are today.
Don’t let your weaknesses become a liability. Work on them until they become strengths.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. Acquire a new skill
Success isn’t always something you can check off a list. It’s usually a moving target, requiring skills you don’t have today.
I attribute much of my success to my ability to see past the minutia of things that need to get done today; I see things from a “big picture” perspective. I do this to to help me focus on the future I want to create for myself, my family, and my clients. Being able to envision and focus on the future allows affords me the opportunity to “reverse-engineer” that success.
Reverse-engineering success affords me the ability to create milestones and better understand who I need to become to achieve my goals.
In 2015, I believed that in order be successful in the future, I’d need to write quality articles that people would find. I had just become a financial advisor for a large Wall Street firm, and creating quality content was a cornerstone in my marketing plan.
To this day, I am focused on that vision, and I have done everything in my power to make it a reality. I’ve made sacrifices and worked to acquire valuable skills to help me achieve my goal.
But now that I’m here, do I just sit on my laurels? Or do I continue to evolve and grow? Growth in our personal and professional life is the only way to climb to that next level of success. It is what drives us to be more productive in work and be confident in who we are becoming. This pursuit is what t keeps us happy.
The good news is that (in this digital age), there are hundreds of people that can help you acquire the skills you need to become the palpable presence you envision.
Here’s what’s on my curriculum right today, as well as how much I’m investing in myself. Some of these are courses and professional programs;others are books I’m reading or have in my queue to read:
- [Course] Person Achievement Accelerator —Rapid clarity and planning, self purpose, evaluate opportunities, self-mastery. Cost: $300
- [Course] Influence Course — How to persuade others and help them achieve their best life. Cost: $300
- Sales Secrets — How to manage wealth, build teams, develop a growth mindset, and overcome obstacles. Cost: $300
- [Course] How to create a profitable webinar — How to create a profitable online course to teach others. Cost: $2,000
- [Book] High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. Cost: $0 (Sent for free by the author)
- [Book] 10x Marketing Formula by Garrett Moon. Cost: $20
- [Book] One Hour Content Plan by Meera Kothand Cost: $15
- [Book] CREATE by Meera Kothand. Cost: $25
- [Book] ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse
And, here’s what’s in queue for 2019 so far:
- [Course] Course Creation — How to create a profitable online course to teach others. Cost: $2,000
- [Course] High Performance Academy — How to help others achieve high levels of success ($10,000)
- [Book] SEO 2018 by Adam Clarke
- [Book] Building A Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
As you can probably tell, the person that I need to become is highly skilled in content creation (writing articles), content marketing (sharing those articles), and creating a platform where those articles generate passive and residual income.
What are you doing to invest in yourself? Do you have time blocked off on your calendar every week to learn something required to be the best version of yourself?
4. Learn to let go
Imagine walking backwards for an entire day. How challenging do you think that would be? Do you think you’d trip and fall? Maybe get hurt?
In many cases, that’s what happens when you linger on the past, and the past doesn’t always have to be years ago. It can be something that happened today.
Ever pull into your driveway (after a challenging day) and find yourself still thinking about work? Maybe you’re not looking forward to tomorrow’s hectic day. Perhaps you are dreading that hour long call with an irate customer.
We end up inviting this drama into our homes. If only we can learn to let go, perhaps we could be more present with the people we love.
“To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.”
“To let go does not mean to get rid of. To let go means to let be. When we let be with compassion, things come and go on their own.” -Jack Kornfield
This past year, I’ve been using a “Release Meditation” technique that I learned from one of my mentors, Brendon Burchard. Brendon is a New York Times” Best Seller, and a high performance coach.
Learning how to “release” or let go before I enter new transitions throughout my day has allowed me to be focused and present with the task at hand. This allows me to be a better coach to my clients, as well a better husband and father.
I use this mediation practice as a transition from task to task, such as before:
- Starting work
- Making a phone call
- Arriving at Meetings
- I enter my home
- Family time
- Working out
The former First Lady, Barbara Bush once said,
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a spouse, a friend, a child or a parent.”
And she’s very much right. I believe Time is life’s more precious commodity. It’s our greatest asset.
Letting go isn’t so much about forgiving and forgetting as it is about being present in the moment. It’s about always moving forward and making meaningful progress.
Being more productive, confident, and happy is a long-term goal, and it’s hard work. That’s why a lot more people aren’t happy with their lives; they work far too hard for far too long with little to show for it.
Now I want to hear from you. Share what the best version of you looks like. What do you see yourself doing for a living? Is it what you’re doing today?