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How to Be More Effective and Productive Everyday

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Would you say that you’re happy with your level of focus and productivity? 

While I appreciate we’re in the thick of a global pandemic, the reality is that no one knows how long this will last. But, it’s safe to say that this is not the Apocalypse and we will eventually carry on with life, perhaps as we knew it or perhaps differently. In any case, it’ll go on. Thus, this post is written in the spirit of looking forward toward that resumption.

Picture the pulmonologist right now. She’s in the middle of the chaos, flooded with information about a deadly disease damaging the lungs. And, making matters worse, the daily new findings she’d spent hours pouring over get scrapped for other ones the next day. She’s back to step one. Surely she’s overwhelmed not only by the speed of information coming at her but also by the emotional drain caused by witnessing the suffering of others. Not a good place to be. Right?

Then there are some of us who are fortunate enough to ride this thing out from the comfort of our homes. I get that we’re worried about the unknown, missing our routines, and eagerly awaiting some semblance of normalcy. But, this is also our big chance to develop ourselves, to use this time productively.

How you measure productivity is entirely up to you. But, what my challenge for you as your High Performance Coach is for you to be the person who found the opportunity in this tragedy. Skill up, rest, reset, and be ready to hit the ground running when the world is back to business.

Practice the following High Performance Habits to keep yourself motivated:

  • Self care should be prioritized. Get the right amount of sleep, eat well, exercise, and meditate.
  • Choose positivity. Be aware of what’s going on in the world but limit how much time you spend on your intake of that. Instead, listen more to inspirational messages — podcasts, books, leaders.
  • Want more for yourself, your family, and community and take actions toward making that happen. Ambition plus Action are scientifically backed triggers for increased motivation. 

For a one-two punch, couple the above with this High Performance framework that I guide my Coaching clients through. Complete the sentences to get into a more productive mindset. Then, act on it.

Excellence Minded:

  • If I could become more excellent at certain skills or areas in my life, and it would help me advance more quickly, those skills or focal points would be….
  • The things that really work for me in staying productive are…
  • The things that prevent me from being productive that I need to better deal with include…

Remember, we’re adaptive and resilient beings. It’s in our nature to recalibrate and look for ways to successfully move forward. Six months from now, where will you be?

P.s, To make the most of the information provided in this post, click here to download your FREE PDF on High Performance Productivity Formula and Planner.

How To Gain Confidence and Momentum

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What does living courageously look like for you?

Most times we think an act has to be herculean for it to be deemed courageous. Actually, something seemingly simple like asking for help is quite courageous, especially in a society that celebrates ultra independence.

Courage in High Performance is the glue that binds the other principles, such as Clarity, Productivity, etc, i.e., the more courage the more clarity, the higher the productivity and so forth.

Courage also is a major catalyst for increasing confidence as the more we step out and succeed (or find that stepping out didn’t kill us) the more we gain confidence, thereby creating a strong connection between Courage and Confidence.

So, back to what courage means to you… I’m willing to bet that right now you’re showing up more courageously than you think. The current crisis our world is undergoing is challenging us to adapt and create new norms. If you’re speaking up for yourself, sharing more, and expressing your real self in this atmosphere then you’ve truly uncovered a new level of courage.

The reality is that when it comes to Courage, most times it’s our mind playing tricks on us. With this awareness, we can look at things for what they are, welcome the discomfort, and still make moves — take action, no matter how small. Just think about the things you’d feared in the past but did anyway that turned out better than you’d expected.

Here is a High Performance framework I guide my Coaching clients through that I recommend you put to practice. Complete the sentences to see where you need to apply more Courage in your life.

Sharing Your Truth:

  • The person(s) I need to be more direct and honest with about my true thoughts, feelings, ideas, and dreams include…
  • It would take a lot of courage for me to tell them that…

Take More Action:

  • If I did the following things more frequently, that would help me gain the skills and confidence I need to achieve my bigger dreams…

If you have big dreams, know that you can do it! One step at a time.

P.s., Book a free Discovery Session call for more.

How to Improve the Energy You Feel Each Day

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What comes to mind when you think of having Energy in your life? 

In High Performance studies we focus on three primary facets of Energy —  mental, emotional, and physical. Our mental alertness and positive emotions (mind) and physical (body) must equally be nurtured.

Energy, it turns out, is one of the most important things to master in becoming a High Performer in whatever area of your life. It’s the foundation upon which everything else is built. As such, we want to amplify positive emotions, sustain mental clarity, and increase physical vitality. 

When life gets busy, one of the first things that goes out the window is the most critical thing we need to meet the demand — managing our energy. We tend to compromise getting sufficient sleep, good diet, exercise, and rest to name a few. 

The good news is it’s under your control to live a fully charged life. This will result in you feeling good about yourself, your relationships, and your work — the jumping off point to chasing your dreams.

Here is a High Performance framework that I guide my Coaching clients through that’s sure to help you. Complete the sentences to see how you are managing your mind and body then identify and set goals for the areas that can benefit from improvement.

Mind:

The goals I have about mastering my mind—how I want to think, deal with stress, and create a good mindset include…

The daily and weekly habits and practices I need to start so that I can feel more energized by this area of my life include…

Body:

The goals I have about mastering my body—how I want to feel physically, how I want to move, be healthy, etc include…

The daily and weekly habits and practices I need to start so that I can feel more energized by this area of my life include…

It’s especially easy to fall under the hypnotic power of current events but more so now than ever is it important we maintain and manage our energy.

P.s., Book a free Discovery Session call for more.

How to Gain Behavior-driven Clarity and Intentionality in Your Life

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What’s the difference between those who realize their dreams and those who don’t?

Many factors contribute, e.g., determination, perseverance, chaotic lifestyles, lack of self worth, etc…

The real reason for why some realize their dreams and others don’t, however, can be distilled to one thing — CLARITY (or lack thereof). Most people’s dreams don’t get realized because they simply don’t know what they really want; therefore, they don’t have a vision of what their dream life would look like.

Consider this. If you were to take a survey of the people you know (including yourself) and ask if their daily activities add to giving their lives meaning, I’d bet the answer would be “no”. Why? Well, for a couple reasons. One, the familiar is comfortable so they stay in it even if they’re aware there is a higher level they can step into. Two, they’re willing to do the work needed to make a change but generally are unsure where to start, resulting in them carrying on with the status quo.

So, what’s the alternative? How can we create a vision for a life we love and move toward it? It’s simple. We must SEEK CLARITY.

Below is a powerful tool that I use to guide my Coaching clients to help them gain clarity on what they want and who they want to become. And, no matter where you are today, you too can benefit from this tool and move toward creating a vision for your ideal life.

Complete the sentences below. Set clear intentions for who you want to be, how you want to interact with others, what skills you must develop to succeed in the future, and how you can make a difference.

 Self

Three words that describe my best self are . . .

Some ideas for how I can embody these words more often this upcoming week are . . .

Social

Three words that could define how I want to treat other people are . . .

Some people in my life whom I could improve my interactions with this week include . . .

Skills

The five skills I’m trying to develop most in my life right now are . . .

The way I can learn or practice those skills this week includes . . .

Service

Three simple ways I can add value to those around me this week are . . .

Something I can do this week with focus and excellence to help someone else is . . .

Focus on the Feeling

The feelings I want to cultivate in my life, relationships, and work this week include . . .

The way I will generate these feelings is to . . .

Define What’s Meaningful

Something I can do or create that would bring me more meaning in life is . . .

What we focus on and practice is what we become. After you’ve completed this exercise, keep it some place where you’d see it daily so you can remind yourself of these things everyday and consistently act on them. A life of intentionality is a life well lived.

P.s., Book a free Discovery Session call with me for more.