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6 Big Reasons Why You Should Quit Your Job And Follow Your Passion

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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You are probably not satisfied with your job. You want to be successful and you feel that this can only happen if you draw up a resignation letterquit your job and follow your passion. Many people in this situation fear to venture out for the simple fear of how things will work out after they quit their jobs.

Quitting your job to follow your passion can have a lot of advantages especially if you put fear of the unknown aside. 

It is not easy quitting a job, but it could be well worth it.

The following are 6 good reasons why you should quit your current job and follow your passion.

 

1. You Will Get Fulfillment

When you pursue your passion, you will most definitely find fulfillment in what you do. You get the satisfaction of doing what you always desired to do. Remember, fulfillment is not only in money. There are many people who earn huge salaries but don’t find any personal fulfillment. This is simply because they are not living their passion.

In order to be successful, you must take immediate action with the sole intention of fulfilling your passion.

 

2. You Will Always Get Pleasant Surprises

By taking a firm decision of moving out into the world outside your constraining job, you never know what awaits you. But the good thing is that this action opens up immense possibilities, some of which you might not even have thought about. You go to places that you probably never imagined you would. You also meet people who are willing to welcome you and help you on as you pursue your passion. It is never as bad as it seems. But you can never realize the surprises awaiting you if you don’t venture out.

 

3. You Build Your Own Empire

life picture quoteWhen you are employed, most of your time and energy goes into building the fortunes of someone else. What you get in return is only a salary. This is not what you desire if you want to be successful. You have to build your own empire. But you cannot achieve this when you dedicate the best of your time and energy to the economic affairs of someone else.

With employment you miss so many opportunities of building your own personal success. There are very many options to be explored if only you dedicate most of your time and energy into it. Your thoughts will be more focused when you are thinking of fulfilling your passion. But your job could be the hindrance preventing you to make this great leap to freedom and success.

 

4. You Will Not Be Vulnerable

When you get a job, you hope that you will work smoothly until you retire. This is not the case these days. While having a job is good, in the current state of the economy one cannot be guaranteed of job security. Most employees are now at the mercy of the economy and their employers. They are increasingly vulnerable. But by following your passion you are in control of yourself. And with control you will have security and peace of mind.

 

5. You Will Be Empowered

In order to be successful you need to be empowered. This is may not be possible if you remain in your current job. To be empowered means that you must create your own reality using the immense potential in you. By quitting your job and pursuing your passion you are able to break the monotony of your current job and create your own reality. Taking control of your own life becomes immensely empowering.

 

6. You Will Be a Great Person One Day

Success does not happen overnight. Most personal success stories speak of people who painstakingly worked hard from humble beginnings without ever giving up or looking back. You do not have to compare yourself to others who have achieved success in your particular field of passion. They most probably did not compare themselves with those who attained success before them. You just need take small steps of faith and confidence and they will lead you to your greatness. Trust the skills you have and work on them. Eventually, you will realize that it was easier than you imagined when you were starting.

By quitting your job you will pursue your passion without distractions, you will meet new people, explore new places and change your life for good.

 

Checkout Doug Walker/Nostalgia Critic, he quit his job and now runs a very successful website by the name of: thatguywiththeglasses.com If you’re gonna quit you job, why not go out in style.

 

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Have you quit your job to follow your passion? Please share what happened in our comment section, we’d love to hear your story.

 

Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. Bhushan Chavan

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Great Article !! but sometimes it’s really hard to cope up with our passion because sometimes it’s really hard to make money from your passion and as time pass by your passion will change time to time.
    Thank You.

  2. mia

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The only thing it’s hard to do this when you have a family to support. Creating a business takes time and financial support is needed. What about the ones who have to stay in a job for financial reasons but would also like to do something of their own? This point is one that is always missed.

  3. Calvin

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Actually yesterday I quit my job to pursue my own company and passion, today my partner and I suffered our first rejection. Things look kinda scary now. But Monday we meet with new potential clients and the world is a big place full of opportunities. While I feel fear, I still feel so much better finally working towards my dream and not someone else’s for a horrible salary. Good luck to others taking the plunge.

  4. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One more comment – Joel has a picture quote here on his website that struck me that goes along with his article here. It is very akin to number 3 in the list. This saying is by Tony Gaskins Jr. – “If you don’t build your own dream, then some else will hire you to build theirs” – I think that says it all.

    • Clarke

      Dec 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      You’re correct. If I can put 100% to someone else place of employment, I can do the same for me. I resigned from my job on October 31 of this year.

      I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors.

  5. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Everyone here – don’t misunderstand Joels article. He is just saying that you should follow your passion and it will make you happier. This is true. He is not saying you “have” to jump in with both feet. If your circumstances warrant, start out part time and work you way up. There have been may many people that have started that way. My favorite is Pro Blogger Darren Rowse took 3 years to go full time and nothing says you can do that either. Joels’ point in this is article is JUST START.

  6. jose

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi, i do think that quitting jobs is fine as long as you know exactly what you want to do, have an action plan and the will to execute on it. Attaning financial discipline doesnt hurt either, especially in the first days of your new adventure.

    It strikes me how vacuous the word “passion” has become nowadays, as people seems to use it to describe something they probably only like. Most worrying is the fact that people keep giving advice to quit your job so you can follow your passion and become “what you ever wanted”

    One should be able to follow their passion no matter what, no matter your job, no matter your family, no matter anything, even if its only for you, as an UNPAID hobby . If its truly a passion, you should already be doing it now instead of “waiting for the right moment”

    But maybe the passion is there (or at least a higher goal) and for one reason or other, you havent started. Before quitting jobs, I would suggest one last exercise just to check if you are talkin about a passion or just a small infatuation: On any given month and during a month… can you come back home from a day-work, and work for 2 or 3hours in that thing you say you love, and feeling happy about it? by happy i mean that you want to come home just to keep doing that… after the month passes, multiply the result by the rest of your life; can you imagine yourself doing the same thing until you die? if the answer is positive, then Congratulations! there is a good chance that you found a true passion (wether it can be succesfully monetized is another question). If any of the answers are negative, even if you could endure the whole month, it might be a good idea to wait a little bit more.

  7. Heather

    Jun 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I was struggling for a longtime with the decision to quit my job and follow my passion (I have been at my job for 10 years now) but after reading this my struggling is over!. With in the next couple of weeks I will be quitting my job to follow my passion and I am so EXCITED!!! about what new opportunities awaits . Thanks Joel for writing this article I asked the universe for a sign that I was making a good decision and it sent me this article. 🙂

    • Antonina

      Jul 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Me too, Heather, it’s late at night and I’m reading Joel’s article again and again trying to find support of making decision to quit my job. Thank Joel for such an encouraging article. Life is to short to be unhappy. Let’s make a change. I’m going to quit by the end of this month – a job I’ve been working for 19 years. I guess you have had quitted by now. Wish you all the best.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jul 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Good on you Antonia, make sure you have a clear and precise plan of how you will generate your money and follow your passion.
        Much success to you Antonia!

        • Antonina

          Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          Thank you Joel. All the best to you.

      • Heather

        Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Antonina, Thanks for the reply and yes I handed in my resignation letter last Friday! 😀 I feel such a peace my Boss wasn’t to happy but it doesn’t matter my dreams and passion are more important. I had invested 10 years building someone else’s dream now I’m going to invest in my life and build and go after my passion. I am so excited for you to quit your job its takes courage and you have got it! 🙂 thanks for the support and I am with you Lets make change! Keep me posted and I am supporting you 100% to quit your job and start following your passion! Wish you all the best as well.

        Thanks again Joel for the article!

  8. John J. Cloran

    May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sometimes stuff happens in life when we usually don’t expect it to happen.
    Some things we can control and some things we do our best at. I’m passionate and greatful for all things in life.I love my job there’s nothing like finding some one a job. I did what I had to do to change some things in my life.I’m a 55 year old gentleman. I went from making 40,000 thousand down to 21,000 in six years. Every morning I wake up and am grateful for my job!!!!

    • Mariely Pratts

      May 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I felt so good when I quit my job to start building my company and so far it’s going well

  9. Boss

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    When I got my 1st job I gave myself 10yrs of working in corporate to learn the tricks of the trade. On my 13th year annivesary (7months ago) I realised that I was 3yrs behind on the plan, and I was appalled at myself for being so complacent, that I immediately resigned and walked out on the spot. I have now started building my dream running my own investment company with interests in various operations. Its still touch and go and painstakingly slow, but every monday morning I’m grateful I’m doing something I’m passionate about. All I can say is don’t settle for what aint yours.

  10. toy

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning on quitting my job in July so far I’ve been saving my money…I’m a music artist who writes and produces. I recently got my logo trademarked and I’m a little nervous to quit. But I’ve been there for 7 years no raise, no benefits no promotion. Im very unhappy. My rent is cheap and I could always bartend.

  11. Laura

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I quit mi job almost 3 years ago. I was a travel agent, but my dream was to travel the world on my own, and write about it. It took me some time to make my final decision, but it was worthy. Now, when I hang out with my ex collegues and hear them complaining about the same situations over and over again, I feel I made the right choice. I don’t make as much money as I used to, but I feel very happy. I write for a couple of magazines and I’m about to get my 1st book published. This is my dream job…Hope I build my own empire one day!

  12. V

    Mar 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I have recently resigned from my job which I have had for five years. After two years of a great internal struggle about all the reasons why I need to stay with a job that was leaving me unchallenged and unfulfilled, I am finally ready to take this step. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of a new chapter unfolding and trust myself and the universe that this is a great move for me. I am ready to take a leap of faith into the unknown because the pain of staying where I am (stuck) is far greater than trusting my gut (and heart) to follow my dreams and do what I want to do in my life.

  13. Suzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I quit my job in June of 2012 and have had the most incredible 6 months so far! I was burnt out in my job, even though it was a great company and I miss the people and the clients, I have never been happier. My passion is helping people and through volunteer work and my coaching business I get to help people everyday! If you are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend a change.

    • kellen

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Suzy. What kind of tips can you provide on starting a coaching business.

    • Amyb

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Suzy, what your passion is exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know how to make a start up.

  14. Quornesha Silas

    Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this article very eye opening and confirming! #props

  15. Our Hero

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I haven’t given my job a dear John yet,(it’s not you,it’s me…) but I have cut down to part time. It’s going slow and every day I question if I made a mistake… but we are hanging in there.

  16. Julie

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Easier said than done. What if you hate your job but make a lot of money, are a single mom and have no family? My passion is fishing and art – doubt I could make what Im making now, not incl 401k match, dental & medical insurance…. 🙁

    • patty

      Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Julie – you can… I am doing that… you gotta be hungry like Les Brown says and find a way.

      i chose an at home business, there are very reputable ones out there if you take the time to review the company, and what it has to offer.

  17. Your1440.com

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Life is simply too short to be miserable. If you are truly unhappy at your current place of employment, then it is probably time to move on. When and how you move on is up to you, but please do not waste too much precious time before finalizing this decision.

    Time is the most precious commodity that we have. Make the most of the time that you have been given, and change your world for the better! You CAN do it!

    -Your1440.com

  18. Drew

    Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great post. I hope everyone reading this declares 2013 as the year to take action on your passion and find the work you love to do! Passion Changes The World!

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6 Expert Tips for Building Relationships With Those You Idolize

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Many of us dream of one day meeting a celebrity. Be it a movie star or a pro football player, we have a tendency to idolize these individuals, even looking to them for guidance as we make life decisions. In business, we can also find people we idolize. Individuals who have achieved great success with their own company or even revolutionized an industry.

From these people, we can learn key skills, gain valuable insights or even form partnerships to take our own business ventures to the next level. Yes, it is possible to form real relationships with your business idols or industry influencers. But like any other relationship, it requires work.

Here’s 6 ways you can start forming the relationships that will make a lasting difference for your entrepreneurial goals:

1. Do Your Research

Facebook stalking may be creepy for normal relationships, but doing some online research is perfectly okay for business leaders and influencers. After all, most influencers are extremely active online, either through social media, their own website or guest blogging. This basic research gives you a chance to better understand your business idol.

What do they like or dislike? What are their opinions on current trends? What do they talk like? These simple bits of information will help you better know how to approach them and determine if a relationship could prove beneficial.

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.” – Robert Kiyosaki

2. Comment Carefully

Your initial research also serves as your first chance for engagement with your business idol. By liking social media posts or leaving thoughtful comments on blog articles, you can make a positive first impression.

Of course, leaving quality comments is sometimes easier said than done. As Kevin Duncan of SmartBlogger explains, thoughtfully contributing to the discussion with personal experiences or meaningful questions are a great way to get the conversation started.

“When you share a personal insight, bloggers can more easily relate to you. You’re no longer just an unfamiliar name making a comment that could have been left by anyone …the more personal your insight, the more unique it will be. And the more unique your insight, the more memorable your comment will be and the more you’ll stand out.”

3. Group Participation

Business leaders and influencers won’t only be found on blogs. Many are also active participants in online industry groups. Whether on Facebook or LinkedIn, these groups allow industry professionals to discuss current trends, ask for advice, or share new opportunities.

If you wish to make a positive impression, you should seek out, join and actively participate in these online groups. Avoid the temptation to promote yourself or your business. Instead, engage in conversations much like you would with a quality blog comment. By sharing your unique experiences and insights, you’ll build a stronger reputation among your peers.

4. Face Time

Online discussions are a great place to start, but the best relationships typically require some face-to-face interaction. You make a much more lasting impression when you have an in-person conversation. Industry conventions or lectures are great places to connect with others in your field. When you show yourself as a living, breathing human being, rather than just a name behind the computer, it becomes so much easier to make a personal connection and form a real, lasting relationship — and that can pay big dividends for future pitches.

Setting up a face-to-face meeting can be tricky. After all, you don’t want to come off as creepy. However, if you’ve already established an online rapport, asking if an influencer would like to briefly meet in person at an event you’re both attending shouldn’t be a problem.

5. Add Value

All relationships have a bit of give and take — and this is especially true when forming relationships in the business world. If you’re only approaching a business idol because you hope to gain something (like an extra investor in your startup), you likely won’t have success. Instead, find ways that you can contribute value.

As leadership consultant Randy Hain explains, “‘What can I do to help you?’ is absolutely one of the best ways to get business relationships off to a great start. Invest in the other person first, with no expectation of return. Do not keep score. Simply make the investment and over time you will benefit from the seeds of generosity you have planted.”

“Networking is the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business.” – Sallie Krawcheck

6. Focus On the Long-Term

The aforementioned tactics aren’t “one and done” tips. Instead, you’ll need to continually practice them to show your genuine interest and build the kinds of friendships that can pay lasting dividends for everyone involved.

Relationships aren’t a short-term investment — and this is especially true if you want help on your own road to success. Real relationships need time to grow. They need continual nurturing. With a patient, long-term approach, you’ll be less tempted to jump right into a sales pitch and more likely to focus on a genuine friendship that delivers a real payoff.

Becoming an entrepreneur may put you in the role of the underdog — but this doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. As you form genuine relationships with influencers and other business professionals, you’ll gain access to new sources of knowledge.

You’ll find friends who are willing to help or mentors willing to share their time. You may even find a new business partner. Relationship-building is a lifelong endeavor, but it will always pay off in the end.

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Stop Denying Your Negative Thoughts and Start Embracing Them

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Over the years, many of the talking heads and pundits in the personal development and success science industry have talked about the immediate replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts. The logic behind that particular behavioral strategy seems to make sense on the surface. Think about it, when a negative thought rears its ugly head, we should immediately dive into the repository of positive thoughts that we have available to us so that we could immediately begin to dwell on it.

Even further, some gurus of the genre suggest removing any chance of having a negative thought by the constant repetition of affirmations. Again, tried-and-true motivational technology that is very workable and still useful. I would suggest, however, that you view the above behaviors as tactics more than strategies.

I will further suggest to you that you do not abhor your negative thoughts but rather embrace them, examine them, and place them under a spotlight. My reasoning behind this goes back over 100 years into psychology with stimulus/response, that is, the cause and effect of certain behaviors. Many individuals look at a negative thought as a causative driver. The negative thought exists as a cause, and our behavior toward that cause will determine the effect.

So, following this logic, if an individual has a negative thought which makes them feel sad, and that sadness causes them to binge drink, by removing the negative thought you’ll have removed the motivation for binge drinking. Doesn’t that sound kind of silly? The suggestion here is to turn off the negative thought so that it will turn off the consumption of alcohol.

Of course, this makes sense if we view the negative thought as a primal force in behavior. So, what if we started to think of the negative thought more as the result of something else? It means that the “something else” must change first. What if we took a different approach? What if we looked at a negative thought as an effect of some larger causal factor?

“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen

By reversing the cause-and-effect motion of negative thinking (saying that the negative thought is an effect), we now can ask a deeper, more penetrative question: Why are we thinking that negative thought? What is the underlying cause of that specific train of thinking? By reversing the cause-and-effect relationship of negative thinking, it allows the negative thinker to assume the role of diagnostician!

Below is a three-step process you can use to examine your negative thoughts, the role of it in your life, and how you can get rid of them:

1. Simply acknowledge the negative thought

Recognize the fact that there’s a negative thought in your mind instead of trying to go through a process of emotionally overlaying positive thoughts on top of it. Can you see how this exacerbates the issue? You have a negative thought, you immediately recognize that it must be changed, and you frantically scurry through the museum of your mind to find a positive thought to replace it.

In the meantime, while you are trying to find that positive thought, you’re feeling anxious, nervous, and guilty! When you finally find a positive thought to replace that negative thought, the normal process is to squash it. But you can’t! It’s like trying to get rid of weeds by covering them with rocks.

They will always find another way around the rock. It is the same with negative thoughts. Consequently, try acknowledging the negative thought.

2. Affirm the negative thought

It is a part of you. Instead of denying its existence, accept that it is there in front of you and that you are now willing to deal with it. If any of you reading this are dog lovers, you will know that the best way to get a dog next to you is by attempting to push it away from you. Every time you push the dog away it gets closer. This is the same with negative thinking because the harder you push the closer it gets.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

3. Acquit the thought

Give it permission to leave you. Thank it for its past importance in your life and allow it to be on its way! At this point feel free to replace the negative thought with a positive thought. What will begin to happen when you place the negative thought under the spotlight is that you will see how insignificantly small it actually is.

This is a process I’ve been using for quite some time, and it works! Oh sure, I still use affirmations on a daily basis; as a matter fact I have them right here in front of me. I find that affirmations are a tremendous way to stay positive because it doesn’t allow any room for bad things to grow. But since the average person thinks 60,000 to 65,000 thoughts per day, let’s face it, a few negative thoughts have to squeak in there!

The best advice that I can give is to not freak out over a negative thought. Acknowledge it, affirm it, and acquit it! This is magic. Watch what happens!

How do you handle negative thoughts? Let us know your tips below!

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One Thing I Can Teach You About Life That Will Help You Forever.

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I used to be a very anxious person.

I was embarrassed by what I couldn’t do and every day was a struggle. From the moment I would wake up to the moment I’d go to bed, everything felt impossibly overwhelming. It’s a battle I’ve dealt with most of my life.

This daily struggle with mental illness taught me that the satisfaction didn’t lie in beating it; the satisfaction was in helping other people beat mental illness through my success in fighting it.


Recently, I was at work. It was a pretty standard day — nothing too exciting. I then had a catch up with one of the leaders I worked with.

She said something that got my attention: “One of our colleagues is battling a mental illness.”

I really wanted to help. My eyes lit up. There was no need to uncover my plan with anyone else. I knew that staying discrete was fundamental.

I approached the person in question and asked for a few minutes of their time.

I didn’t ask them to admit their mental illness struggle; I just shared my story.

I talked about the anxiety stopping me from having a normal life, eating the right foods, going on dates with girls, having the career I wanted and traveling the world.

I wasn’t sure if any of it was sinking in or even helping. I felt compelled to go on. One thing I knew was that he was paying attention. I could see it in his eyes.

I then went on to talk about how I beat mental illness. Strategies such as:

  • Creating fear lists
  • Seeking professional help
  • Working on myself
  • Books I read
  • Events I attended

Out of nowhere, he started opening up about his own struggle. I was shocked.
It wasn’t pretty. He had an extreme case of mental illness that I certainly couldn’t diagnose or give professional advice on.

All I could do was show him through my own story that there was hope

I offered him access to all the resources I had. I told him that he had my full support and I’d be happy to help in any way I could. He then said:

“What was your psychologist’s name?”

I told him I’d look it up and send it to him. I didn’t have the answer in front of me, but I was determined when I got home to find it.

At the end of the catch-up, he smiled. I don’t think he’d smiled like that in a very long time.

That smile gave me so much satisfaction. It made my own struggle with mental illness worth it. All those sleepless nights, times spent vomiting into the toilet and dark days where I didn’t want to go on made sense.


“It took more than seven years for me to understand that my own battle with mental illness actually had a benefit”

That benefit was the satisfaction in seeing someone beat their mental illness because I was able to defeat mine.

It’s probably the greatest satisfaction of my entire life.

That’s one thing I can teach you about life that will help you forever.

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5 Productivity Shifts You Need to Make to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

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Everyone wants more time, that is something almost all of us share. Time is the most valuable resource and when you learn how to make your time work for you and how to get the most out of it – you experience life differently.  

Improving how you manage your time is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself – it’s a real game changer in your business and personal life. There are many ways that you can get more productive and get the right things done sooner; but not all of them are obvious or bring the same results.

Here are 5 productivity shifts you want to make if you are trying to make the most out of 2019:

1. Ditch your to do list

Productive people don’t keep to-do lists, they schedule everything they need to do in their calendar and work directly from their calendar!  To-Do lists are just ineffective and they are impeding your productivity. A never ending list of items only leaves you overwhelmed and with a false sense of ‘productivity’.  

If you schedule your To Do’s directly into your calendar at a time to get them done, you commit to it and you are more likely to get it done. Less is more – you don’t need a separate list to remind you what you need to do.

“Productivity is less about what you do with your time and more about how you run your mind.” – Robin Sharma

2. Give up on motivation

Productive people don’t always have to be motivated before starting something. They balance discipline with motivation and do what they need to do, regardless of motivation. When we come up with resistance to take action on what we have planned, we might tell ourselves that we are not motivated and we believe that we need to be motivated to complete any task.

If you want to increase your productivity, you need to challenge yourself more in the moment to take action and give up on motivation sometimes. Do what you need to in order to get the results you want in the future. Don’t make decisions based on how you feel now, make them based on what result you are really after.

3. Master your mornings

Wake up early and get yourself into the productive mindset with your routine and diet! Productive people start the day with some sort of routine, whether it’s meditation, exercise or visualization, etc. AND they have a healthy breakfast to fuel them for the day. Your health is everything when it comes to productivity, what you eat directly affects your productivity.

We can just no longer ignore the direct connection any more. Get in the right mindset to start your day and fuel your mind and body to get the most out of it. Starting your day off in any other way undermines your success – there is no doubt.

4. Schedule according to energy

Productive people know their energy cycles and they plan tasks around their energy levels. Why plan something at a time when you know it will be hard to rise to the challenge? Schedule tasks that require focus and concentration for those times of day that you feel the best and you will find it’s easier to follow through and you will be at your best to perform. Identify your filler tasks and complete those when your energy drops. Be more realistic when scheduling your tasks and set yourself up for wins.

“Productivity is never an accident it’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning & focused effort.” – Paul Meyer

5. Working backwards

Productive people always focus on those activities that will take them to the next level. They plan backwards, they look at their goals, then identify the tasks they need to do to support those goals. Those tasks get broken down into weekly actions. That’s how they plan.

Don’t only plan on tasks that come in or those which you ‘feel’ or ‘think’ you should be doing. Your day needs to consist of at least one activity that directly supports your longer term objectives, your big project. What sounds like common sense is definitely not common practice.

Create the right habits to achieve your goals, work on adopting easy tips and techniques so you can manage your time and yourself better to get things done.

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Albert Einstein is recognized around the world as one of the most iconic and intelligent minds ever.  From his fantastic scientific discoveries, to the hardships he endured during his life; Einstein shared a lot of wisdom and insight on life, people, and the world in general

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Joe Kleckner has a passion for all things motivation & self-development.  From blogs such as Addicted2Success, to the videos of Eric Thomas and Elliott Hulse, to the lectures of legends such as Tony Robbins.  This passion has landed him an internship with Addicted2Success. Follow him on Twitter & Snapchat as he journeys towards greatness, one day at a time.

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  1. Bhushan Chavan

    Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Great Article !! but sometimes it’s really hard to cope up with our passion because sometimes it’s really hard to make money from your passion and as time pass by your passion will change time to time.
    Thank You.

  2. mia

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    The only thing it’s hard to do this when you have a family to support. Creating a business takes time and financial support is needed. What about the ones who have to stay in a job for financial reasons but would also like to do something of their own? This point is one that is always missed.

  3. Calvin

    Feb 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Actually yesterday I quit my job to pursue my own company and passion, today my partner and I suffered our first rejection. Things look kinda scary now. But Monday we meet with new potential clients and the world is a big place full of opportunities. While I feel fear, I still feel so much better finally working towards my dream and not someone else’s for a horrible salary. Good luck to others taking the plunge.

  4. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    One more comment – Joel has a picture quote here on his website that struck me that goes along with his article here. It is very akin to number 3 in the list. This saying is by Tony Gaskins Jr. – “If you don’t build your own dream, then some else will hire you to build theirs” – I think that says it all.

    • Clarke

      Dec 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      You’re correct. If I can put 100% to someone else place of employment, I can do the same for me. I resigned from my job on October 31 of this year.

      I wish everyone the best in their future endeavors.

  5. Matt

    Oct 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Everyone here – don’t misunderstand Joels article. He is just saying that you should follow your passion and it will make you happier. This is true. He is not saying you “have” to jump in with both feet. If your circumstances warrant, start out part time and work you way up. There have been may many people that have started that way. My favorite is Pro Blogger Darren Rowse took 3 years to go full time and nothing says you can do that either. Joels’ point in this is article is JUST START.

  6. jose

    Jul 22, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi, i do think that quitting jobs is fine as long as you know exactly what you want to do, have an action plan and the will to execute on it. Attaning financial discipline doesnt hurt either, especially in the first days of your new adventure.

    It strikes me how vacuous the word “passion” has become nowadays, as people seems to use it to describe something they probably only like. Most worrying is the fact that people keep giving advice to quit your job so you can follow your passion and become “what you ever wanted”

    One should be able to follow their passion no matter what, no matter your job, no matter your family, no matter anything, even if its only for you, as an UNPAID hobby . If its truly a passion, you should already be doing it now instead of “waiting for the right moment”

    But maybe the passion is there (or at least a higher goal) and for one reason or other, you havent started. Before quitting jobs, I would suggest one last exercise just to check if you are talkin about a passion or just a small infatuation: On any given month and during a month… can you come back home from a day-work, and work for 2 or 3hours in that thing you say you love, and feeling happy about it? by happy i mean that you want to come home just to keep doing that… after the month passes, multiply the result by the rest of your life; can you imagine yourself doing the same thing until you die? if the answer is positive, then Congratulations! there is a good chance that you found a true passion (wether it can be succesfully monetized is another question). If any of the answers are negative, even if you could endure the whole month, it might be a good idea to wait a little bit more.

  7. Heather

    Jun 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I was struggling for a longtime with the decision to quit my job and follow my passion (I have been at my job for 10 years now) but after reading this my struggling is over!. With in the next couple of weeks I will be quitting my job to follow my passion and I am so EXCITED!!! about what new opportunities awaits . Thanks Joel for writing this article I asked the universe for a sign that I was making a good decision and it sent me this article. 🙂

    • Antonina

      Jul 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Me too, Heather, it’s late at night and I’m reading Joel’s article again and again trying to find support of making decision to quit my job. Thank Joel for such an encouraging article. Life is to short to be unhappy. Let’s make a change. I’m going to quit by the end of this month – a job I’ve been working for 19 years. I guess you have had quitted by now. Wish you all the best.

      • Joel

        Joel

        Jul 6, 2013 at 6:09 pm

        Good on you Antonia, make sure you have a clear and precise plan of how you will generate your money and follow your passion.
        Much success to you Antonia!

        • Antonina

          Jul 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          Thank you Joel. All the best to you.

      • Heather

        Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

        Hi Antonina, Thanks for the reply and yes I handed in my resignation letter last Friday! 😀 I feel such a peace my Boss wasn’t to happy but it doesn’t matter my dreams and passion are more important. I had invested 10 years building someone else’s dream now I’m going to invest in my life and build and go after my passion. I am so excited for you to quit your job its takes courage and you have got it! 🙂 thanks for the support and I am with you Lets make change! Keep me posted and I am supporting you 100% to quit your job and start following your passion! Wish you all the best as well.

        Thanks again Joel for the article!

  8. John J. Cloran

    May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Sometimes stuff happens in life when we usually don’t expect it to happen.
    Some things we can control and some things we do our best at. I’m passionate and greatful for all things in life.I love my job there’s nothing like finding some one a job. I did what I had to do to change some things in my life.I’m a 55 year old gentleman. I went from making 40,000 thousand down to 21,000 in six years. Every morning I wake up and am grateful for my job!!!!

    • Mariely Pratts

      May 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I felt so good when I quit my job to start building my company and so far it’s going well

  9. Boss

    Apr 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

    When I got my 1st job I gave myself 10yrs of working in corporate to learn the tricks of the trade. On my 13th year annivesary (7months ago) I realised that I was 3yrs behind on the plan, and I was appalled at myself for being so complacent, that I immediately resigned and walked out on the spot. I have now started building my dream running my own investment company with interests in various operations. Its still touch and go and painstakingly slow, but every monday morning I’m grateful I’m doing something I’m passionate about. All I can say is don’t settle for what aint yours.

  10. toy

    Apr 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’m planning on quitting my job in July so far I’ve been saving my money…I’m a music artist who writes and produces. I recently got my logo trademarked and I’m a little nervous to quit. But I’ve been there for 7 years no raise, no benefits no promotion. Im very unhappy. My rent is cheap and I could always bartend.

  11. Laura

    Mar 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I quit mi job almost 3 years ago. I was a travel agent, but my dream was to travel the world on my own, and write about it. It took me some time to make my final decision, but it was worthy. Now, when I hang out with my ex collegues and hear them complaining about the same situations over and over again, I feel I made the right choice. I don’t make as much money as I used to, but I feel very happy. I write for a couple of magazines and I’m about to get my 1st book published. This is my dream job…Hope I build my own empire one day!

  12. V

    Mar 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I have recently resigned from my job which I have had for five years. After two years of a great internal struggle about all the reasons why I need to stay with a job that was leaving me unchallenged and unfulfilled, I am finally ready to take this step. I am genuinely excited at the prospect of a new chapter unfolding and trust myself and the universe that this is a great move for me. I am ready to take a leap of faith into the unknown because the pain of staying where I am (stuck) is far greater than trusting my gut (and heart) to follow my dreams and do what I want to do in my life.

  13. Suzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I quit my job in June of 2012 and have had the most incredible 6 months so far! I was burnt out in my job, even though it was a great company and I miss the people and the clients, I have never been happier. My passion is helping people and through volunteer work and my coaching business I get to help people everyday! If you are stuck in a rut, I highly recommend a change.

    • kellen

      Jun 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Hi Suzy. What kind of tips can you provide on starting a coaching business.

    • Amyb

      Sep 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Suzy, what your passion is exactly what I want to do, but I don’t know how to make a start up.

  14. Quornesha Silas

    Jan 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for this article very eye opening and confirming! #props

  15. Our Hero

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I haven’t given my job a dear John yet,(it’s not you,it’s me…) but I have cut down to part time. It’s going slow and every day I question if I made a mistake… but we are hanging in there.

  16. Julie

    Jan 11, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Easier said than done. What if you hate your job but make a lot of money, are a single mom and have no family? My passion is fishing and art – doubt I could make what Im making now, not incl 401k match, dental & medical insurance…. 🙁

    • patty

      Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Julie – you can… I am doing that… you gotta be hungry like Les Brown says and find a way.

      i chose an at home business, there are very reputable ones out there if you take the time to review the company, and what it has to offer.

  17. Your1440.com

    Jan 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Life is simply too short to be miserable. If you are truly unhappy at your current place of employment, then it is probably time to move on. When and how you move on is up to you, but please do not waste too much precious time before finalizing this decision.

    Time is the most precious commodity that we have. Make the most of the time that you have been given, and change your world for the better! You CAN do it!

    -Your1440.com

  18. Drew

    Jan 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Great post. I hope everyone reading this declares 2013 as the year to take action on your passion and find the work you love to do! Passion Changes The World!

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6 Expert Tips for Building Relationships With Those You Idolize

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Many of us dream of one day meeting a celebrity. Be it a movie star or a pro football player, we have a tendency to idolize these individuals, even looking to them for guidance as we make life decisions. In business, we can also find people we idolize. Individuals who have achieved great success with their own company or even revolutionized an industry.

From these people, we can learn key skills, gain valuable insights or even form partnerships to take our own business ventures to the next level. Yes, it is possible to form real relationships with your business idols or industry influencers. But like any other relationship, it requires work.

Here’s 6 ways you can start forming the relationships that will make a lasting difference for your entrepreneurial goals:

1. Do Your Research

Facebook stalking may be creepy for normal relationships, but doing some online research is perfectly okay for business leaders and influencers. After all, most influencers are extremely active online, either through social media, their own website or guest blogging. This basic research gives you a chance to better understand your business idol.

What do they like or dislike? What are their opinions on current trends? What do they talk like? These simple bits of information will help you better know how to approach them and determine if a relationship could prove beneficial.

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.” – Robert Kiyosaki

2. Comment Carefully

Your initial research also serves as your first chance for engagement with your business idol. By liking social media posts or leaving thoughtful comments on blog articles, you can make a positive first impression.

Of course, leaving quality comments is sometimes easier said than done. As Kevin Duncan of SmartBlogger explains, thoughtfully contributing to the discussion with personal experiences or meaningful questions are a great way to get the conversation started.

“When you share a personal insight, bloggers can more easily relate to you. You’re no longer just an unfamiliar name making a comment that could have been left by anyone …the more personal your insight, the more unique it will be. And the more unique your insight, the more memorable your comment will be and the more you’ll stand out.”

3. Group Participation

Business leaders and influencers won’t only be found on blogs. Many are also active participants in online industry groups. Whether on Facebook or LinkedIn, these groups allow industry professionals to discuss current trends, ask for advice, or share new opportunities.

If you wish to make a positive impression, you should seek out, join and actively participate in these online groups. Avoid the temptation to promote yourself or your business. Instead, engage in conversations much like you would with a quality blog comment. By sharing your unique experiences and insights, you’ll build a stronger reputation among your peers.

4. Face Time

Online discussions are a great place to start, but the best relationships typically require some face-to-face interaction. You make a much more lasting impression when you have an in-person conversation. Industry conventions or lectures are great places to connect with others in your field. When you show yourself as a living, breathing human being, rather than just a name behind the computer, it becomes so much easier to make a personal connection and form a real, lasting relationship — and that can pay big dividends for future pitches.

Setting up a face-to-face meeting can be tricky. After all, you don’t want to come off as creepy. However, if you’ve already established an online rapport, asking if an influencer would like to briefly meet in person at an event you’re both attending shouldn’t be a problem.

5. Add Value

All relationships have a bit of give and take — and this is especially true when forming relationships in the business world. If you’re only approaching a business idol because you hope to gain something (like an extra investor in your startup), you likely won’t have success. Instead, find ways that you can contribute value.

As leadership consultant Randy Hain explains, “‘What can I do to help you?’ is absolutely one of the best ways to get business relationships off to a great start. Invest in the other person first, with no expectation of return. Do not keep score. Simply make the investment and over time you will benefit from the seeds of generosity you have planted.”

“Networking is the No. 1 unwritten rule of success in business.” – Sallie Krawcheck

6. Focus On the Long-Term

The aforementioned tactics aren’t “one and done” tips. Instead, you’ll need to continually practice them to show your genuine interest and build the kinds of friendships that can pay lasting dividends for everyone involved.

Relationships aren’t a short-term investment — and this is especially true if you want help on your own road to success. Real relationships need time to grow. They need continual nurturing. With a patient, long-term approach, you’ll be less tempted to jump right into a sales pitch and more likely to focus on a genuine friendship that delivers a real payoff.

Becoming an entrepreneur may put you in the role of the underdog — but this doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone. As you form genuine relationships with influencers and other business professionals, you’ll gain access to new sources of knowledge.

You’ll find friends who are willing to help or mentors willing to share their time. You may even find a new business partner. Relationship-building is a lifelong endeavor, but it will always pay off in the end.

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Stop Denying Your Negative Thoughts and Start Embracing Them

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Over the years, many of the talking heads and pundits in the personal development and success science industry have talked about the immediate replacement of negative thoughts with positive thoughts. The logic behind that particular behavioral strategy seems to make sense on the surface. Think about it, when a negative thought rears its ugly head, we should immediately dive into the repository of positive thoughts that we have available to us so that we could immediately begin to dwell on it.

Even further, some gurus of the genre suggest removing any chance of having a negative thought by the constant repetition of affirmations. Again, tried-and-true motivational technology that is very workable and still useful. I would suggest, however, that you view the above behaviors as tactics more than strategies.

I will further suggest to you that you do not abhor your negative thoughts but rather embrace them, examine them, and place them under a spotlight. My reasoning behind this goes back over 100 years into psychology with stimulus/response, that is, the cause and effect of certain behaviors. Many individuals look at a negative thought as a causative driver. The negative thought exists as a cause, and our behavior toward that cause will determine the effect.

So, following this logic, if an individual has a negative thought which makes them feel sad, and that sadness causes them to binge drink, by removing the negative thought you’ll have removed the motivation for binge drinking. Doesn’t that sound kind of silly? The suggestion here is to turn off the negative thought so that it will turn off the consumption of alcohol.

Of course, this makes sense if we view the negative thought as a primal force in behavior. So, what if we started to think of the negative thought more as the result of something else? It means that the “something else” must change first. What if we took a different approach? What if we looked at a negative thought as an effect of some larger causal factor?

“You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.” – Joel Osteen

By reversing the cause-and-effect motion of negative thinking (saying that the negative thought is an effect), we now can ask a deeper, more penetrative question: Why are we thinking that negative thought? What is the underlying cause of that specific train of thinking? By reversing the cause-and-effect relationship of negative thinking, it allows the negative thinker to assume the role of diagnostician!

Below is a three-step process you can use to examine your negative thoughts, the role of it in your life, and how you can get rid of them:

1. Simply acknowledge the negative thought

Recognize the fact that there’s a negative thought in your mind instead of trying to go through a process of emotionally overlaying positive thoughts on top of it. Can you see how this exacerbates the issue? You have a negative thought, you immediately recognize that it must be changed, and you frantically scurry through the museum of your mind to find a positive thought to replace it.

In the meantime, while you are trying to find that positive thought, you’re feeling anxious, nervous, and guilty! When you finally find a positive thought to replace that negative thought, the normal process is to squash it. But you can’t! It’s like trying to get rid of weeds by covering them with rocks.

They will always find another way around the rock. It is the same with negative thoughts. Consequently, try acknowledging the negative thought.

2. Affirm the negative thought

It is a part of you. Instead of denying its existence, accept that it is there in front of you and that you are now willing to deal with it. If any of you reading this are dog lovers, you will know that the best way to get a dog next to you is by attempting to push it away from you. Every time you push the dog away it gets closer. This is the same with negative thinking because the harder you push the closer it gets.

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

3. Acquit the thought

Give it permission to leave you. Thank it for its past importance in your life and allow it to be on its way! At this point feel free to replace the negative thought with a positive thought. What will begin to happen when you place the negative thought under the spotlight is that you will see how insignificantly small it actually is.

This is a process I’ve been using for quite some time, and it works! Oh sure, I still use affirmations on a daily basis; as a matter fact I have them right here in front of me. I find that affirmations are a tremendous way to stay positive because it doesn’t allow any room for bad things to grow. But since the average person thinks 60,000 to 65,000 thoughts per day, let’s face it, a few negative thoughts have to squeak in there!

The best advice that I can give is to not freak out over a negative thought. Acknowledge it, affirm it, and acquit it! This is magic. Watch what happens!

How do you handle negative thoughts? Let us know your tips below!

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One Thing I Can Teach You About Life That Will Help You Forever.

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I used to be a very anxious person.

I was embarrassed by what I couldn’t do and every day was a struggle. From the moment I would wake up to the moment I’d go to bed, everything felt impossibly overwhelming. It’s a battle I’ve dealt with most of my life.

This daily struggle with mental illness taught me that the satisfaction didn’t lie in beating it; the satisfaction was in helping other people beat mental illness through my success in fighting it.


Recently, I was at work. It was a pretty standard day — nothing too exciting. I then had a catch up with one of the leaders I worked with.

She said something that got my attention: “One of our colleagues is battling a mental illness.”

I really wanted to help. My eyes lit up. There was no need to uncover my plan with anyone else. I knew that staying discrete was fundamental.

I approached the person in question and asked for a few minutes of their time.

I didn’t ask them to admit their mental illness struggle; I just shared my story.

I talked about the anxiety stopping me from having a normal life, eating the right foods, going on dates with girls, having the career I wanted and traveling the world.

I wasn’t sure if any of it was sinking in or even helping. I felt compelled to go on. One thing I knew was that he was paying attention. I could see it in his eyes.

I then went on to talk about how I beat mental illness. Strategies such as:

  • Creating fear lists
  • Seeking professional help
  • Working on myself
  • Books I read
  • Events I attended

Out of nowhere, he started opening up about his own struggle. I was shocked.
It wasn’t pretty. He had an extreme case of mental illness that I certainly couldn’t diagnose or give professional advice on.

All I could do was show him through my own story that there was hope

I offered him access to all the resources I had. I told him that he had my full support and I’d be happy to help in any way I could. He then said:

“What was your psychologist’s name?”

I told him I’d look it up and send it to him. I didn’t have the answer in front of me, but I was determined when I got home to find it.

At the end of the catch-up, he smiled. I don’t think he’d smiled like that in a very long time.

That smile gave me so much satisfaction. It made my own struggle with mental illness worth it. All those sleepless nights, times spent vomiting into the toilet and dark days where I didn’t want to go on made sense.


“It took more than seven years for me to understand that my own battle with mental illness actually had a benefit”

That benefit was the satisfaction in seeing someone beat their mental illness because I was able to defeat mine.

It’s probably the greatest satisfaction of my entire life.

That’s one thing I can teach you about life that will help you forever.

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5 Productivity Shifts You Need to Make to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet

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Everyone wants more time, that is something almost all of us share. Time is the most valuable resource and when you learn how to make your time work for you and how to get the most out of it – you experience life differently.  

Improving how you manage your time is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself – it’s a real game changer in your business and personal life. There are many ways that you can get more productive and get the right things done sooner; but not all of them are obvious or bring the same results.

Here are 5 productivity shifts you want to make if you are trying to make the most out of 2019:

1. Ditch your to do list

Productive people don’t keep to-do lists, they schedule everything they need to do in their calendar and work directly from their calendar!  To-Do lists are just ineffective and they are impeding your productivity. A never ending list of items only leaves you overwhelmed and with a false sense of ‘productivity’.  

If you schedule your To Do’s directly into your calendar at a time to get them done, you commit to it and you are more likely to get it done. Less is more – you don’t need a separate list to remind you what you need to do.

“Productivity is less about what you do with your time and more about how you run your mind.” – Robin Sharma

2. Give up on motivation

Productive people don’t always have to be motivated before starting something. They balance discipline with motivation and do what they need to do, regardless of motivation. When we come up with resistance to take action on what we have planned, we might tell ourselves that we are not motivated and we believe that we need to be motivated to complete any task.

If you want to increase your productivity, you need to challenge yourself more in the moment to take action and give up on motivation sometimes. Do what you need to in order to get the results you want in the future. Don’t make decisions based on how you feel now, make them based on what result you are really after.

3. Master your mornings

Wake up early and get yourself into the productive mindset with your routine and diet! Productive people start the day with some sort of routine, whether it’s meditation, exercise or visualization, etc. AND they have a healthy breakfast to fuel them for the day. Your health is everything when it comes to productivity, what you eat directly affects your productivity.

We can just no longer ignore the direct connection any more. Get in the right mindset to start your day and fuel your mind and body to get the most out of it. Starting your day off in any other way undermines your success – there is no doubt.

4. Schedule according to energy

Productive people know their energy cycles and they plan tasks around their energy levels. Why plan something at a time when you know it will be hard to rise to the challenge? Schedule tasks that require focus and concentration for those times of day that you feel the best and you will find it’s easier to follow through and you will be at your best to perform. Identify your filler tasks and complete those when your energy drops. Be more realistic when scheduling your tasks and set yourself up for wins.

“Productivity is never an accident it’s the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning & focused effort.” – Paul Meyer

5. Working backwards

Productive people always focus on those activities that will take them to the next level. They plan backwards, they look at their goals, then identify the tasks they need to do to support those goals. Those tasks get broken down into weekly actions. That’s how they plan.

Don’t only plan on tasks that come in or those which you ‘feel’ or ‘think’ you should be doing. Your day needs to consist of at least one activity that directly supports your longer term objectives, your big project. What sounds like common sense is definitely not common practice.

Create the right habits to achieve your goals, work on adopting easy tips and techniques so you can manage your time and yourself better to get things done.

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