Brian Tracy is a self development expert, author and speaker who has taught many people over the years about goals and habits. Here are some of his best quotes about productivity and the lessons we can take away from them.
1. “If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self development.”
Investing in self development, it turns out, is actually one of the best things you can do in terms of productivity. Putting time and effort into pursuing your interests, reaching your personal and professional goals and figuring out what makes you happy in this world will motivate you to maintain that to do list and balance the various areas of your life with more free ime and far less stress.
2. “Team work is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.”
You may not think of group work when you think of productivity – in fact, just the thought of trying to coordinate tasks with other people might make you cringe. Working as part of a team, however, is often one of the most effective ways to get more things done in the long term. Learning how to work as part of a team and manage groups of people effectively is one of the keys to successful productivity, whether you want to believe it or not.
3. “The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance.”
It is always important to keep track of the quality of your performance. How else can you know if your level of productivity will be enough to accomplish all the things you desperately want to accomplish? Find ways to measure how well you are performing in comparison to what you need to do in order to achieve your goals, and make adjustments to your routine accordingly.
4. “Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”
You cannot go into a task expecting it to be the worst experience of your life: that is why so many people fail. In order to motivate yourself to continue to be productive no matter the barriers placed in front of you, you need to be able to look at things in as positive of a light as you possibly can. That way, you will spend less time moping around and more time crossing tasks off your to do list.
5. “People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”
You need to write down your goals and make them specific: that is how the most productive people out there make sure to get things done. Without a list of goals in front of you, there is no way to remind yourself why you have to push through a task you just do not want to do. Goals are the perfect reminder that every little thing counts, and if it doesn’t, it just isn’t worth your time.
6. “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”
Our comfort zones are the places where we feel the most safe and the most comfortable. It is often the place we also feel the most bored and dissatisfied. We need to be challenged, and that means pushing the boundaries of our comfort zones further than we ever have before. Moving out of your comfort zone means you will be able to accomplish more things throughout your lifetime.
7. “You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards.”
If you think you are doing great work, there is a good chance you could be doing even better. The only way to become more productive over time is to continue to raise your expectations of yourself as your skills develop. Willingness to continue setting higher and higher expectations is a trustworthy sign that you are going to be able to accomplish many goals, both for yourself and for others.
8. “Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.”
Setting goals is one of the first steps you can take to begin living a more productive lifestyle. If you do not have goals to work toward, what will motivate you to complete those often mundane tasks necessary to get you from where you are in the present to where you really want to be in the future? Always keep in mind where you want to end up and decide how you want to get there. Your inbox will begin to look a lot less overwhelming on Monday mornings.
9. “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.”
Often the thing that leads to procrastination and lack of productivity both in the workplace and at home is fear. We fear failure. We fear making mistakes and looking bad in front of other people. Fear makes us not want to try, which makes reaching the goals we set exceptionally difficult. Instead of focusing on everything you are afraid of, focus instead on the things you really want out of life. That will help you continue to be productive and overcome barriers to productivity.
10. “Your greatest asset is your earning ability. Your greatest resource is your time.”
Establishing more effective time management skills is how we become more productive and accomplish our goals and tasks. Many people still, even well into their professional careers, do not know how to prioritize tasks or single task in order to accomplish more in less time. Make better use of your time so that you can get more done, even on those days you would rather stay in bed and keep your to do list hidden underneath your pillow.
What will you do today to be more productive than you were yesterday?