A client was wondering how I am able to stick to a regimented schedule, yet remain calm and joyful as I work. Even with a full day of appointments and other work — whenever I meet with clients, they don’t feel like I’m in a hurry. I can focus on being my creative self with them.
Every workday, I stick to a schedule, getting a lot done in an easeful manner, without undue stress or strain.
It’s taken a lot of practice to get here. Here’s the key philosophy:
I’m strict about showing up, lenient about results, and gentle to bring myself back to focus again and again.
This is opposite of what many people do...
Today, your work, your tasks, are not your top priority.
Your state is your top priority.
How are you being, as you go about your tasks and your work?
Are you harried, anxious, struggling, and “just want to get it done”?
The quality of your work tends to match the quality of your being.
Many people try to apply “The Law Of Attraction” (popularized by the movie “The Secret”) ... and no matter how hard they try, they don’t manifest those million dollars.
Or if they get that fancy mansion or red sports car, it becomes debt they later regret. Or that perfect relationship doesn’t end up working out.
I believe it's because visualization is ineffective, even detrimental, when used only on the outcome.
What if we use visualization for the process instead of just the desired result?
We empower whatever we fight against… especially if the enemy is intangible, such as “limiting beliefs”, which can multiply based on our rich imagination, and our continued attention on “clearing” them.
I’ve written about this before: Don’t worry about your limiting beliefs.
So, although I don’t believe in limiting beliefs, I do see the evidence of limiting structures, i.e. the systems and processes of someone’s life and behaviors.
You are in charge of the structures of your life. (Unless you’re a child, or you’re in jail!)
Limiting structures include:
What are the most productive actions in your business?
Checking off more items on your to-do list? Working longer hours? Getting another certification? Trying to perfect your website?
These can feel productive… however, it is an illusion most of the time, as you spend another week / month / year not experiencing your true livelihood.
Besides having a "to do" list, you may want to define a TO-DROP list as well.
Otherwise you might be doing busy work that feels like movement, but isn't really helping your business.
Here is how I define "true productivity" in business:
George Kao is a Marketing Coach for small business owners, especially solopreneurs such as Coaches and Mentors. He focuses on ethical & effective ways to grow one's platform and build true livelihood.
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