Overachievers are driven, passionate individuals with a constant sense of dissatisfaction that pushes forward progress. Find out the 1 simple secret to maintain your maximum productivity as you take on new ventures.
Helping others achieve their goals is one of the most gratifying experiences – and also a regular part of my goals as an entrepreneur. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you have your timelines and goals already mapped out so maintaining your productivity is crucial.
The other day, I was talking to one of my advanced students, let’s call him Bill, who was feeling frustrated by his lack of productivity. Bill was suffering from a case of overwhelm with his goals because he had become discouraged that he hadn’t hit his numbers. By all accounts, Bill was doing great actually so I was surprised by his general attitude. It wasn’t just dissatisfaction that pushes you forward, he genuinely had started to internalize what he perceived as failure and it was starting to impact his work and his personal relationships. (By the way, if this sounds familiar, I want to take a minute to let you know, you’re not alone.)
I have worked with literally hundreds of individuals one-on-one and each and every one of them are remarkable individuals with incredible drive. But one of the by products of passion, drive and high expectations is that you tend to be hard on yourself – and that’s playing with fire.
Remember to recognize your achievements on the way to realizing your goals. And yes, there is a difference between achieving a goal and recognizing an accomplishment.
I’m not saying that you have to congratulate yourself every time you complete a task, but you do need to give yourself encouragement and recognition if you want to keep that forward momentum going.
Bill had gotten so down on himself for not realizing his goal for the month that I had to scramble to get him back to his usual operational productivity. Luckily, I happen to know a foolproof way to get anyone out of a slump.
Want to know the 1 simple secret to ultra productivity?
I’m not talking about sitting in z classroom listening to a monotone bookworm drone on and on either. I’m talking about exciting, actionable content that takes your passion and drive and funnels it into real world results.
I dragged Bill out of his self-imposed fog to an entrepreneurial seminar and it was like watching a kid in a candy store. Plus, not only did we put our hands on exciting new tactics, we also got to network with some amazing new people. As Bill talked and shared experiences with an otherwise seemingly introverted techie, he started to realize that he had made important strides even though he hadn’t achieved his specific number that month. By our first break, Bill was already planning out a whole action plan for this month.
Learning + Positive Recognition = ULTIMATE PRODUCTIVITY
See even though Bill had made some incredible accomplishments (he closed on a triplex) , because even though he hadn’t hit his magic number, he hadn’t even realized that he was making impressive progress. Don’t fall into that overachiever trap.
Make sure that you differentiate between goals and accomplishments to keep your forward momentum and constantly take on networking and learning to stay on track with the right mindset.
I also want to give a big shout-out to my advanced students because despite the battle with ice, snow and freezing rain – they closed on 324 units in January alone… you guys are amazing!