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7 Reminders That Can Boost Your Productivity

“Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart, achieve with all your might”


More than twenty years ago when I lived in a little town in Lagos, South-West, Nigeria: Faced with situations and circumstances that were clearly suboptimal and below par in commendable outputs, I began to ask questions that changed my life for the better. I began to ask questions like: “Why do some people succeed and others fail?” “Why are some people rich and others poor?” “Why do Ph.D holders in certain disciplines work for high school drop-outs who owned such organizations?” “Is success hereditary?” “Does it run in families and bloodlines?” etc.

In the course of my research, I discovered several nuggets of truth. And chief amongst those truths was the idea that, “successful people succeeded because they thought in a certain way, talked in a certain way and acted in a certain way.” But if that was the only discovery I made, then it would not have mattered to me. To be very candid with you, it began to matter to me when I discovered that, “every one of those ‘certain-ways’ can be learnt by anyone in any part of the world.”

And over the years, I have taught those ideas in several seminars and coached people one-on-one on life issues, as a life-coach. And the more I did those, I got the more convinced that those “thoughts, talks and acts of the successful” can be learnt and used by just anyone, anywhere. Here is a reminder of 7 of such thoughts:

1. No One Can Score A Goal Without A Goal Post

Yes. Every major achievement begins with a goal. But for a goal to be scored, you must first and foremost set up a goal-post on the field of play. Motivational speaker and author, Tony Robins said:

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”

So, when I discovered that productive and successful people set goals, I began to set goals. Not only that, I also discovered that when I set those goals a day before “in the personal, present-tense” with a deadline, they provoke a subconscious-compulsion that facilitate their manifestation. Best selling author, Brian Tracy suggests that those goals must be S-M-A-R-T goals. That is, they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Applying this one rule, can enable you to multiply your income by several folds, enjoy a more robust family life, and become a better person.

Little wonder the scripture says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

2. Spectators Do Not Score Goals, Only Players Do.

Successful people understand that life offers everyone the opportunity of either being a “spectator” or a “player.” They know that it is not intentions that get a job done, but actions. Not just required-actions, but inspired-actions. That is why we must learn some wisdom in this quote


“Try and fail but don’t fail to try” (Anonymous)

Psychologists have discovered that when you say: “I can do this” over and over again to yourself, you will develop an optimism that will enable you to get things done so easily.

3. Every Goal-scorer Will Require Team work

Succesful and productive people understand the law of synergy. They know that so much and so far can one person do and go. So, they understand the principle of teamwork, unity of purpose, respect for constituted authorities and appreciation for the place of organizational culture. One business man gleefully announced to me that this quote by Helen Keller helped to open him up to the virtues of team work.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”

~Helen Keller

And in case you are still not persuaded along this line, read Michael Jordan’s submission:

“Talent win games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships”

~Michael Jordan

4. Every Winning Team Adapts To Change Easily:

There are two main kinds of change: “revolutionary change” which is fast, sharp and drastic and “evolutionary change” which is slower and gradual. I discovered that most successful people engage the evolutionary kind of change which enables their organization to carry every stakeholder along the path of change. That is why, late Motivational speaker, Jim Rohn once said:

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” Jim Rohn

So, do not get stuck with disempowering habits, refuse to be a change antagonist and you will not be left behind.

5. Every Winning Team Appreciates The Place Of Time-Management

Management expert Peter F. Drucker believes that,

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.”

And I agree with him because time is the real “exchange-commodity” of life. I discovered in my research that productive and successful people do not attach the same value to everything. They operate the Law of 3. That is, they identify the top 3 items in their to-do list that is responsible for 90% of their results and focus all their energy on them for maximum efficiency.

6. Every Winning Team Understands How To Appreciate The Spectators

Here is where the rubber meets the road on this issue: While the players understand that they are the players and not the spectators, they also know that without the spectators they are worth little or nothing. The spectators are the customers that must be honored, cherished and valued with the highest esteem. They are the clients in a law firm, the patients in a hospital, the church members in a church, the customers in a Pharmacy and the clients in a consortium. So, much is the relevance of this truth that this quote might help to accentuate it:

“The customers perception is your reality” (Anonymous)

True! Their (customer's) perception is that sort of reality that must not be discarded as being wishy-washy.

7. Every Winning Team Thrives On Continuous Improvement

Who we become on our pathway to productivity matters a lot because personal development is the singular factor that separates the ordinary fellow from the top-perfomng folks. The Japanese have a phrase for “continuous development” which is called ‘kaizzen.’ It is the foundation for an ever-relevant organization. But an organization is only as good as the work-force that it boasts of. That is why the words of Jim Rohn becomes a timely one in this regard:

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better” Jim Rohn

Yes, being better is capacity-building, it is that extra input you invest into a thing before experiencing the benefit that it offers. Brian Tracy believes and I agree with him, that, “Personal development is a great time-saver.”

So, as you embark on this voyage of continuous improvements, let these words, inspire you to greater heights:

“I press towards the mark” (Paul, the Apostle.)

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