This is a powerful productivity tip. We talked about getting clear on what you want to do in life, but you also need to develop the reasons why you want to do what you want to do. You can want something badly, but if you don’t have clear and emotional reasons why you want it, then you can hold yourself back from going after it. When you have those reasons, and they are powerful enough, you aren’t going to need to think about doing certain things – you are just going to do them.
For instance, if you decide you want to earn an income of $100,000, then there must be some emotional reasons behind it. If you just want $100,000 that’s not a powerful enough reason.
Maybe you want to travel, take care of your family, have money in case of emergency, or buy some fun toys that will make leisure time more fun. When you can tie in your financial goals with other areas of your life – and develop some powerful emotional reasons to do what you need to do – it’s going to be much easier to stay productive in your day.
This Simple Trick Was Life-Changing For Me
Every area of my life has been affected by getting clear on the personal reasons behind my goals. Perhaps the biggest area is my finances.
My husband and I make enough money to live comfortably. He makes good money, but he doesn’t have a lot of potential for income improvement. I, on the other hand, have unlimited potential, and I’m fully aware of that. But, even though my goal was to make double the amount of money I was making, I had no drive to do it because I was comfortable and didn’t have a powerful reason to get my butt in gear. When I created the reason – I want to travel and experience as much as I can with my husband while we are able to – I realized that I needed to get busy doing those things that I knew would help me at least double my income.
When travel and life experiences with my husband became the motivator behind being productive in my business, my finances start to increase. Living without regrets is such a big motivator that I literally have no excuse good enough to not be productive in my work.
The second biggest area would be my health. For instance, I knew smoking was bad for me and I wanted to quit one day, but I just kept on smoking and smoking and smoking. Then, I realized that I wanted to live a long life where I didn’t cough and run out of breath all the time. I realized that my smoking was getting in the way of hiking and exploring. And that’s when I was able to do what I needed to do to quit smoking.
Create Reasons To Be More Productive In Life
Go through the goals you have for each area of your life and then list create emotional reasons why you want that success and productivity.
- Relationship: I want an amazing relationship because I want to experience the benefits of being in a happy and healthy relationship.
- Finances: I want to make $100,000 a year so I can take care of the people I love the most no matter what happens.
- Friends: I want to nurture my friendships so I always have people in my life who have my back.
- Family: I want to maintain family relationships so that I can feel like I’m part of a tribe that supports me no matter what.
- Career: I want to become a successful entrepreneur so that I can make the type of money that I want to make and feel fulfilled in my life.
- Personal Growth: I want to continually work on my person growth so that I can become happier and more fulfilled.
- Hobbies: I want to learn how to play guitar so that I can make my grandmother sing and dance when I see her.
- Emotional Health: I want to become happier so that I have an easier time maintaining my relationships and improving all other areas of my life.
- Physical Health: I want to improve my body so that I can feel confident when making love to my partner.
- Experience/Fun: I want to have new experiences each month with my partner so that we can grow and learn together.
- Contribution To The World: I want to give to charity each week so that I can help other people experience the gratitude that I do.
- Parenting: I want to raise compassionate and healthy children so that they are able to contribute to this world in a positive way.
You may create one powerful reason for the goals you have in a particular area of life or you may come up with ten powerful reasons. The point is, find those reasons that make you want to improve your life in every area. When you do, you will find that you are much more productive when you need to accomplish things that help you achieve your ultimate life.
Go Over Your Reasons Daily
A vision board can clearly help you see those motivators behind doing what you need to do. Not into cutting out magazine pictures and tacking them onto a board? Here’s an example of how to make a clean and stylish vision board!
But, you can also write down your reasons in a journal or planner and read them in the morning or the evening for a reminder of why you need to get those to-do tasks done that push you towards the life you want.
I have found that you don’t need to go over them in order to remember them. Once you set your reasons for doing what you need to do and being productive, you will find they seem to permeate themselves into your mind each time you contemplate whether or not you should do something. And it becomes very hard to make excuses for not doing what you need to do.