Increased Productivity

20130616_100553.jpgI read an article yesterday online from Inc. Magazine about two morning exercises to improve the day’s productivity. It seemed simple enough to do. Here are the two below:

  1. Write down three things you’re grateful for every day
  2. Write down three things that would make the day great

So I gave it a try this morning. Here’s my lists.

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Accountability and Responsibility

One of the site’s contributors, Shaun, sent me the quote below. I quickly shared it with my team and other athletes I train along with Artie at Athletic Revolution. It reminded me of college when heading into my 3rd year, our team’s theme was “Accountability and Responsibility” to ourselves and our teammates. It is amazing the things you can accomplish when you truly take hold of the reins and are willing to be truly accountable and responsible for your actions and to help keep your teammates on task as well. I wrote those two words on a piece of paper and hung it on my wall so it would be the first thing I saw when I woke up and the last thing I saw before I fell asleep. It helped. Because I had the confidence my teammates were holding up their end of the bargain and I knew I had to do the same because I didn’t want to be the weak link. So honor your commitments big and small. If you’ve watched The Wire, you know “All the Pieces Matter” when you’re working towards a goal.

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What pledge have you made to yourself recently?

Live your Life to the Fullest

“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” — Anne Lamott

I send out a quote a day to a growing  group of friends and family members. The quote above by Anne Lamott was a big hit with the group. And it really makes you think about what fears are keeping us from doing the things we always wanted to do. At some point, some of us lose the fearlessness we had as children. One of the keys to maintaining it is keeping a healthy sense of risk in our lives. Eleanor Roosevelt famously said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” As adults we can continue to push our limits of what we once thought was possible. The only one setting those limits is us and we need to break down the brick walls that are before us so we can fulfill our destinies. The late Randy Pausch said in The Last Lecture, “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” –H. Jackson Brown

What brick wall are you going to break down today?

OGP #ThrowbackThursday: Mirror Mirror On The Wall

Be true to yourself. Don’t cheat yourself. Don’t be afraid to look in the mirror.

How many times have you heard these, or some variant of them? What do these mean to you? When did you first truly ask yourself — er, the mirror — “Who is the [insert self-affirming adjective here] one of all”? More importantly, when did you first take head of the answer, and what impact did it have on your life?

I recently had a very tough conversation with a beloved protege that led me to revisit this concept. It reminded me of a drastically different situation that caused me to do what I asked of her — to look in the mirror, be honest about what you see and, if you are not satisfied with what you see, be sincere in your actions to grow.

It sounds so simple. It actuality, it can be so hard. Sometimes it stings. When you are sincere, though, and you really want to grow, it’s always rewarding. Here’s my flashback…

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