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Posted 13th August 2009 at 06:14 PM by

Every person has his or her elastic limit but until then, you will always be able to do anything you venture to do that is within your capability. Have you ever seen some one that out of the blue is being called out to do something, just do it as if he had prepared for it? Most people refer to these people as “Genius”. The fact is you can also be a genius in your own chosen field of endeavour. Below are the few steps you can take to make you function at your very best thus maximizing your productivity and personality.

Never Try To Do Everything At Once
You must understand the very concept that you are built to do one thing at a time no matter how much time it is involved in getting it done. If you don’t complete a task before going to start up another task, there is a high tendency that you will also leave that very task undone to start up another one. However, there are some people that can manage multiple task at the same time but fact is that, they cannot give their energy equally to all the task they are handling as such, the task in completion does not really speak well of them. Also, handling more than one task takes a lot of energy from you and you cannot function properly in a state of mind that is constantly being stressed.

In the words of James Litter “One thought driven home is better than three left on base”

One of the devil’s tricks is getting us to say yes to too many good things, then we end up being spread so thin that we are mediocre in everything and excellent in nothing”- J Mason.

Something that is good and something that is right is not always the same thing. We must learn to say no to too many good ideas because a good idea is not necessarily a God idea. Saying no to a good idea does not mean saying never, No may mean not right now. Saying no can free you from burdens that you don’t need to carry now and help you to devout the correct amount of attention and effort to God’s priorities in your life.

“Yes and No are the two most important words that you will ever say, these are the two words that determine your destiny in life. How and when you say them will determine how you spend your entire future”- J Mason.

Concentration is the key that opens the doors of accomplishments. Where you concentrate most is where your strength and momentum would be created. Wherever your attention goes, your thoughts, your feelings, your life goes also. Your attention is your life. The amount of attention you pay to something is a chief indicator of how important it is to you. When you pay attention to something, you are saying, “I value you and I consider you to be important”. You will always give your attention to the things you value most. You are reading this book because there is something about this book you value and want to keep it. You cannot hit a target you can’t see and you can’t see a target if you are not focused. Staying focused is from the mind.

Emphasize Strengths, Don’t fix Weaknesses
Most people are god at a handful of things and miserable at most. I am great at product creation but terrible at taking innovative action and marketing strategies. I am very good at sourcing for new ways doing things but not good at implementing them.

It is far more lucrative and fun to leverage your strengths instead of attempting to fix all the chinks in your armour. Since I am not good at implementing them, I find solutions then give it out to some people on my team, who are better off implementing any creative idea given to them than to try creating themselves. So, we complement each other and the company grows. The company does not grow because we are dividing the job we do but because we are all focusing on our strength and not our weakness. The choice is between multiplication of results using strengths or incremental improvements fixing weaknesses that will, at best become mediocre. Focus on better use of what you are best at, instead of constant repair.

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to treat everything like a nail”.

Working less is not Laziness
Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is not laziness. This is hard for most to accept because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity. Few people choose to measure results of their actions and thus measure their contribution in time. More time equals more self worth and more reinforcement from those above and around them.

Let’s define laziness as, to endure a non-ideal existence to let circumstance or others decide life for you, or to amass a fortune while passing through life like a spectator from an office window. The size of your bank account does not change this, nor does the number of hours you log in handling unimportant e-mail. Focus on being productive instead of being busy.

Ask for Forgiveness and not Permission
If it isn’t going to devastate the people around you, try it and then justify it. People deny things on emotional basis that they can learn to accept after the fact. If the potential damage is moderate or in any way reversible, don’t give people the chance to say no. most people are fast to stop you before you even get started but hesitate to get in the way if you are moving. Get good at being a trouble maker and saying sorry when you have really messed up.

Value people
Relationships help us to define who we are and what we can become. Most of us can trace our successes to pivotal relationships. People will always move towards people who value and increase them and away from people who devalue them

The purpose of life is not to win. The purpose of life is to grow and to share, when you come to look back on all that you have done in life, you will get more satisfaction from the pleasure you have brought to other people’s lives than you will from the times that you out did and defeated them. There is a simple rule about your personal relationship with people and that is, “do unto others what you will like others to do unto you”. It is what you give that you receive. In a sentence, what ever you expect from people, you first give it out for in giving you will receive.

Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. By working only when you are more effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It is the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.
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