"Are you a winner or are you a loser?"
This was the questions posed to me a few weeks back. It sounds like a fairly simple question right? Let me explain.
I was sitting at a table with Lloyd Irvin who is a master at getting many, many things done, all at once! We were going over some other topics when he told me how he operates.
Every time he wants to get off track or do something to waste some time in the day he will ask himself 'Are you a winner or are you a loser?' It's a big question.
Then he will analyze what he was going to do and if he thinks it is a loser task he will move on to something productive.
I don't know about you but I don't wake up in the morning and look in the mirror at a face of a loser. This line of questioning gets my competitive fire burning.
Throughout the course of the day it is easy to get distracted from the productive tasks, typically those are the ones that are longer and more complicated than the simple ones like answering emails or more likely checking out your favourite time-wasting site while at work (Facebook, YouTube, News).
It really breaks down to this.
The key to success is implementation you could have all the knowledge and drive in the world but if you are not doing anything with it, it is wasted.
You need to implement. Most of us get so tied up with useless tasks that we don't ourselves the opportunity to be nearly as productive as possible.
If we look into our habits and what is holding us back it is easy to see most of the time. Often it is filling our time with the easy, reactive things that come our way. People wonder how successful people can accomplish so much. There isn't a big secret that they are hiding, it is their commitment to being productive that sets them apart.
I am wrapping up a week where our office was a ghost town since so many vacation schedules collided. To make matters worse I was committed to a full-time course as well. But things still had to get done.
I didn't have the luxury of any extra time at all. I was forced to stay focused and pick the most productive tasks to keep our momentum going.
Have you ever been in such a situation? Perhaps the final days before a vacation? I was forced to fit a full days work (which is not 8 hours when you are running multiple things) into five hours every day. Split up between early morning and late evening.
It is amazing what you can do when you are forced to. When you sit down and focus on the tasks of winners. But if you don't have that fire behind you pressing you forward most people start adding the loser tasks back into their daily routine.
There were many times in the last week that I wanted to take a break, and I had to ask myself if I was a winner or a loser.
It sounds kinda corny, right? I agree!
But what isn't as laughable is the number of productive tasks that I ploughed through day in and day out. So instead of being a loser and sitting back in your chair today, the day before a holiday weekend. Decide to do something productive. Make the most of your time.
I can tell you that the successful winners in life are not sitting around surfing the internet aimlessly or checking their email 10 times a day. You just have to choose to be one of them and, most importantly, act like it!
- Nick Karadza
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