I just finished an hour long webinar with Darren Hardy, the editor of Success Magazine, where he shared some incredible insights on Success and Achievement. If you were not there you really missed out, but I wanted to bring you the cliff note version right here.
The Number One Adversary To Success is Distraction
We live in the most technologically connected world ever and all of these powerful tools that are suppose to simplify our lives and increase our productivity, but in reality it often does the very opposite. We can get lost in the Candy Crush, Facebook updates, Tweets, YouTube, Text Messaging and yes, even blogs like this and many others. While often these can be good and offer valuable information, like this one, it is very easy to get so involved with them that you finally come up for air you find you used all your productivity time. Never mind the distractions that offer no real value to your life at all. This is why so many of us feel like overworked, underachievers! We feel like we work all day, but get little accomplished.
To maximize your Success you have to be focused and doing the right activities, but you also have to be just as committed to avoid wasting time on the wrong activities. Ask yourself what are you willing to give up today, if it will help you reach your goals tomorrow. Do you need to give up excessive time following the news (big one for me), watching TV, playing on the computer or whatever it is for you. It reminds me of the old quote “To live tomorrow in a way others can’t, you have to work today in a way others won’t.”
In a study done about a decade ago, company executives were asked, how much time did they spend daily on their most important activities. The answers averaged to about 2 hours a day. That same study was repeated 2 years ago and the result had dropped to about 30 minutes per day. These were high level executives and they are having many of the same problems with focus as we are.
To Maximize Your Success You Have To Get Radically Focused
What are your Vital Few?
The vital few are the activities that produce the most actual results when they are acted upon. This is a concept used by the most hugely successful people like Donald Trump, Richard Branson and the late Steve Jobs. They spend the majority of their time working on the most important activities that only they can do and they delegate everything else.
In Timothy Ferris’s book “The Four Hour Work Week” he talks about this same concept. As an example, if your vital few produce a result that is worth a set amount, let’s use $50.00 an hour for this example, then any activities that are worth less than that amount you delegate, allowing you to spend time on the highest production activities.
So do you know what your Vital Few are? I believe a lot of people do not. Before you can know, you first need to know what your end result is. Once you know your end result, find someone who has that result and ask them what highest production activities are.
How To Triple Your Results and Your Success with HIIP
If you are into working out you have probably heard of High Intensity Interval Training as the most effective way to increase metabolic rate, increase calorie burn and shred body fat. Similarly, High Intensity Interval Productivity is the best way to maximize your success and income.
Here is how it works. Take one of your most important activities, set a timer for 90 minutes and turn off your phone, don’t check you email or social media and work on the activity until the alarm sounds. Then you take a break, check voice mail, emails and whatever else you need to do. Do this 90 minute sprint a minimum of once per day if you are part time in business, two to three times a day if you are full time and your productivity and results will skyrocket.
Don’t Live Your Life to Achieve Your Work Goals, Instead Work To Achieve Your Life Goals
This technique is not about working longer hours. It is not about spending more time on your business. IT IS ABOUT working with a focused intensity so that you can accomplish much more in a shorter period of time. This will allow you not only to get more results, but have more time to enjoy the fruit of your labor.
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