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The Ugly Truth About Productivity

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So many companies come out with new apps or software that promises to help you improve your organization skills. What they don’t tell you is you need more than technology to increase productivity.

We use electronic calendars, to-do lists, email, text messages, and other tools to improve our personal productivity. But the ugly truth is that regardless of your level of organization, productivity is a result of your actions. When we look at productivity, we can divide our time into three areas: thinking about the work, organizing the work, and doing the work. All three are important, but productivity is based on what you actually do. Productivity is maximizing the work.

If you are like most people there are actions that are difficult. There are activities that would be very beneficial, but we shy away from them because they are outside our comfort zone. We fear rejection. We fear failure. We fear what others might think. As a coach, I recognize that we all have a barrier between what we want to achieve and where we currently are. Most people have a difficult time pushing themselves through the barrier without help or support. A coach plays a powerful role in the ability of a person to do more.

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Think about some of the big goals you have for your career or your life. What actions are you not doing that are required to achieve these goals? Would a coach help you step out of your comfort zone, and move forward? Coaches can help you in many different ways. One of our other coaches, Jack Klemeyer, talked about how our beliefs shape our careers and choices in an AccleaWork post.

Our beliefs are very often tinged with emotions, which are very strong drivers of behavior: fear, love, anger, desire. Our beliefs generally fall into one of three categories:

  • REFLECTIONS OF NATURAL LAW OR REALITY: vegetables are good for people; the earth revolves around the sun
  • REFLECTIONS OF PERSONAL VALUES: financial stability and independence is important; It’s best to treat people with respect and kindness
  • SUBJECTIVE JUDGMENT OR MATTER OF OPINION: hummus doesn’t taste good; Apple devices are best

So what is the right way to go about meeting change head on? How do we chase away that fear that causes us to shy away from change, be it good or bad? What it comes down to is that you have to be willing to change your beliefs. It sounds easy but it’s a lot harder than it seems. Our core beliefs have shaped and molded us into who we are today.

Correct beliefs generally produce positive results and the inverse is that incorrect beliefs produce results we don’t want. With that in mind, the best way to change outcomes that you do not want is to change the belief that drives that outcome. When you change a belief, your behavior will change instantly to reflect your belief. Negative outcomes produce the stress and emotional pain we feel. Negative results produce relationship disruptions and employment disappointments we experience. While we can consciously change behaviors to get different results, in order to make long-lasting change that doesn’t produce those bad experiences, changing the root belief that drives the behavior is the way to go.

Instead of downloading more addons, apps, and self-help books, start looking at your root beliefs. What is holding you back? Is there something interfering with your desire to change? Taking the time to sit down with a coach can help you acknowledge these issues and start down the road to meaningful changes that will actually last.

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Mark S. Brown
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people's lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.
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Executive and Business Coach at New Roads Leadership. A founding partner of the John Maxwell Team. We coach for your personal success!
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