Here are the greatest productivity lessons I've learned from the infamous personal improvement coach, Tony Robbins.
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“In life, you need either inspiration or desperation.”
Obviously, it would be better to be inspired and not desperate.
You can get inspired by following people who have what you want, reading books that teach you the skills you want, listening to podcasts that involve people that are positive influences, etc.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
Write down your goals in a journal every week and evaluate your results. This has made a huge impact in my life.
“If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.”
To be more productive, you must change your daily routine. Start making small changes here and there that you know will inch you closer to your goals.
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.”
If you believe you're a procrastinator, you're a procrastinator. If you start telling yourself you're productive, you start acting like it.
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.”
“People who fail focus on what they have to go through; people who succeed focus on what it will feel like at the end.”
Many people make the mistake of procrastinating because of the work they have to do to succeed. The problem is, staying where you are and never succeeding is much worse than doing the work.
“Whatever happens, take responsibility.”
“If you're gonna make a change, you're gonna have to operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me.”
Unproductive people tend to make excuses or blame outside factors. The problem is that many people are succeeding right now under worse circumstances. Whether you succeed or fail is on you.
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.”
You should never be ashamed if you're slowly making progress. Many people will either quit before getting anywhere or crash and burn while you consistently improve.
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”
You are a lot more capable than your probably realize. Most people just haven't figured out how to maximize their output yet. You need to learn how to push yourself harder by learning from those who already know how.
“Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life.”
Garbage in. Garbage out. Good stuff in. Good stuff out. This applies to your diet, income, relationships, and everything else. Get rid of negative inputs to improve your personal output.
“Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully. Then act upon it.”
What kinds of people do what you do every day? What kinds of things to people you look up to do every day? Now, start making adjustments.
“If you talk about it, it's a dream. If you envision it, it's possible. But if you schedule it, it's real.”
Sign up for a class that will improve a part of your life. Make a financial commitment in advance. Tell someone what you're going to do. Now, good luck talking yourself out of it. You would lose money and be a liar if you didn't show up.
“A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided.”
First tell yourself that you WILL do something. Don't tell yourself you MIGHT. Leave no room for going back. Then, take one small step in the right direction. Once you start, the hardest part is out of the way.
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.”
If you keep putting off something, it should tell you something about yourself. Either you're are trying to do the wrong thing or you haven't thought about the pain from the consequences of not getting that thing done.
“Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.”
“Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it!”
Don't dwell on the fact that you have a problem. Start finding a solution as quickly as possible. The more you dwell on it and beat yourself up, the longer it takes to get past it.
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
Who are the most successful people? The ones who are average at everything or the ones you are the best at one or two things?
“We will act consistently with our view of who we truly are whether that view is accurate or not.”
The people who are productive are the ones who enjoy getting things done and feel pain when they don't. These people conquered their minds.
You have to do the same. With the internet alone, you have the resources you need to be successful. Stop telling yourself about the excuses you made up.
Take one step in the right direction today, and you'll be a whole new person. Positive thoughts will fill your mind and you'll finally realize how much time you've been wasting for no reason.
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