To stand with structure in the face of resistance, to create possibility.
10 years as an entrepreneur, I lived with this broken paradigm that I had to do more to have more, that I had to hustle harder to achieve bigger results. And after building million dollar companies and losing them and helping companies achieve, you know seven, eight, nine figures, or for those of you that know about this post building my first hundred dollar business, I still haven’t done as I’m being a little facetious here.
That paradigm blew up in my face quite a few times. And it’s an easy trap to get caught in. It’s an easy one to get stuck in. And sometimes once you’re stuck, it’s an even harder one to realize that you’re in. As entrepreneurs, as business owners, as humans, parents, friends it doesn’t matter what you do.
We live in a world that perpetuates more and more. Whether it’s more disconnection, whether it’s more consumption, whether it’s more distraction, whether it’s more hustle, whether it’s more, it’s a more. It’s a block of content. It’s a lack of acceptance and a lack of presence and it’s a dangerous game unless we know that that’s the field and we choose to play on that field and do it on our rules and play our game. Which is why we support each other and help each other. And we talk through these things. And so today I think it’s really important to share the six productivity tips, life tips, hack tips that I have used. And a lot of my friends, my students, my colleagues, my mentors have used to manage our time and to get more done. Which starts to break down that paradigm. And we’ve been trained for years, pick your age, right? I’m 37 and I’ve been going and going since I was 11 was when I got my first job, I had my first job to survive.
More and more Program
I got a paper route. I had to pay for my own food. I had to support myself due to the broken home that I was living with. And then when I went to high school, I didn’t have family support. I had social services involved, so I had three jobs. So I could pay for a car and a cell phone at 15, 16, 17. And then when I left high school, I joined the Marine Corps and I was on active duty and we were like more and more there was never enough push to your break. Pain is weakness leaving the body. That’s not blood that’s strength. Like there were all these things and then carried over into entrepreneurship, right? It’s like more and more. I’m going to be more, I’m a hustle, harder to do it all. And it’s literally for me, it’s 26 years of programming of that belief.
And so it’s not going to go away overnight. What it goes away with is intentionality in daily practices and daily awareness and the intentionality and discipline to make sure that we’re building this life to live it. That we’re not hustling our life away and that no, we’re not falling into the trap, but more so that we can enjoy what we’ve built, but also to honor ourselves and honor those around us by being as effective and efficient as we can, with our time to create memories, to create moments and explore.
So I’m going to share the six things that I do. And I’ve gathered these from my own practice, my team, my mentors, people like that. I crowdsourced a lot of this and these are all things that I do. And so from what everybody shared with me, I shared the things that I do, because I can only speak to what I do.
There’s a lot out there for you. One really good book that I recommend before we get into it today is Benjamin Hardy’s new book. You guys have seen me post about this a few times. Benjamin Hardy just wrote a new book called Personality Isn’t Permanent. And Benjamin’s a psychologist. I think he’s a, I forgot what he calls himself. It’s an organizational psychologist or behavior or something like that.
So Benjamin Hardy’s book Personality Isn’t Permanent is absolutely amazing. And then another person that I follow on Instagram, her name is the holistic psychologist, Nicole LePera, I believe. And both of them are some of the brightest minds that I’ve seen when it comes to our future self, future self-journaling, and reinventing ourselves to become who we want to be, and really embodying that. And so I utilize them a lot. I learned from them, I read, I consume their content. I journal, I do it. So that’s something I recommend for anybody who wants some support and step-by-steps or belief shifting paradigms or ways to put this into practice every day with what I’m going to share with you.
6 Productivity Steps for life and business
Number one is you need a personal mission statement for your life and it must align to your work. And this doesn’t matter if you’re an employee, an entrepreneur, a business owner, a teammate, a partner, a biz partner. It doesn’t matter. But if you’re not living for something outside of your job or outside of checking the box, you’re not living, you’re dying. You need a personal mission statement for your life. That could be the legacy that we want to leave. That could be the vision for what you want to give to your kids. That can be how you want to become the greatest person that you can be to give it away. My personal mission statement that I wrote at the end, I have a meditation, a long silent meditation for myself was I quote this as my quote at my personal mission statement “To stand with the structure in the face of resistance, to create possibility” that’s my personal mission statement for my life. I read that a hundred times a day. It’s on my phone. I document it. I journal it. I spit it. And what that means to me is that my life and my story was a gift.
It was a gift to fortify me, to give me strength, to give me empathy, to give me compassion, to give me intuition, to give me wisdom. And so my job is to stand with structure every day. IE to love me, fill my tank lead by example, in the face of any resistance. Wanting to quit a small-minded, the state of the world business, hate whatever to create possibilities for me, my family. And then the people that I care about, which would be my customers. That’s my personal mission statement. And that I lined it to my work by saying, I’m going to go create something different. I care about people, relationships beat algorithms. I’m going to give my all, and I’m going to stand as strong as I can stand and whatever resistance I have to stand in to create a different world that we live in when it comes to business and marketing impact and service and that’s my mission.
Number two is you need to do an energy and attention audit. Because there are only two things that happen in your day when it comes to where you’re focusing your energy, your attention, your friendships, your social, your consumption, it is either filling your tank. And helping you become the best version of yourself or does draining your tank and having you accept mediocrity and that’s it. And so you have to do an energy and attention audit. Our job is not to hoard relationships. Our job is not to hoard more, to consume more, to follow more people. That’s not living. That’s distraction and consumption. I did this in our podcast. If you haven’t listened to it, you need to go back and listen to it. I forgot what number it was. It was with Alp Tekin, the amazing Buddhist monk, and it was a couple of episodes ago. You need to go listen to it.
And so our job is to live. It’s to practice, it’s to be present, not to consume. So you need to do an energy and attention audit. That means an honest conversation for 24 hours look at everywhere you go to your phone, open your screen time. Are you spending two and a half hours on Facebook, an hour on Instagram? Are you going to the bathroom and you can’t go without your phone? Are you responding to 35 text messages that don’t make you happy? Are you gossiping about people? Are you responding and fighting with people on social media? Are you distracting yourself? Are you excuses to procrastinate? You need to figure out authentically where you are. And not from a place of shame or fault or blame or guilt, but from a place of like wow, this is where I am.
And when you do that energy and attention audit, this is where I’m giving my energy. And these are the results I’m creating. This is where I’m giving my attention. And these are the results I’m creating. And you look at it and you have all the information. You get to make a decision. This is how I’m living with my energy and attention. And these are the results that I’m creating.
Do I want to keep these results or do I want to create different results? And if you want to keep them great own that, go sit on the couch, go watch Netflix, do whatever you want, but you have to be honest with yourself. Or if you want to create something different, you can’t create from the same space. You have to start making adjustments and you need to be clear on what adjustments you need to make to create the life that you want. Or put your energy where it belongs or put your attention to where it belongs, but it all starts with self-integrity and self-awareness of where you are. So you have to do an energy and attention audit to know the field that you’re on to know where you are on the map. I always use Google maps or Apple maps. As an analogy for this. You can tell me all day that you want to run a $5 million business. You want to have the life of your dreams, the body of your dreams and it’s amazing. You’re crystal clear on the destination, but if you open Google maps on your phone and put in the destination and hit directions, it can’t give you directions until it knows where you are. And so the purpose of an energy and attention audit is to know where you are. So then you can start plotting a path to going where you want to go. So that’s tip number two.
Tip number three is you need an accountability, buddy. A mastermind, a friend, you need somebody that knows what you’re doing, where you’re going, what you’re up to so they can support you in getting there. And there’s a reason this follows the energy and attention audit because there are two types of people in this world in your life. And it’s really clear. There are people that accept your mediocrity or they’re people that pull you up to your greatness. And that’s it. If you tell your friends that you want to lose weight and you want to be the healthiest version of yourself and they invite you out for drinks, and you’re saying, I’ll come, but I’m not having drinks. And they start basically, I don’t know, bullying you or pressuring you into like, Oh, but you could have this one. That’s not supporting you in your greatness. If you tell your friends you’re eating clean, like I am eating clean. Like I want to go out to dinner with you guys. But I picked somebody like, Oh, we don’t want to eat there. And you just had to go like, Oh, just this one time. That’s not supporting your greatness. That’s accepting your mediocrity. If you’re sitting here with a friend and you text a friend, you’re like, Hey man, I know I’m supposed to work out but I’m so tired and rest, you know like I just wanted to let you know. And they’re like, no, you made a commitment. You gave your word, go work out. Maybe don’t put it. It’s just hard that person’s pulling you into your greatness.
And you have to be aware of who these people are, but it also starts with you being Entegris and self-aware and being willing to get vulnerable because having an accountability partner, being in my mastermind, having a team of people that support you is one of the most rewarding things in the world. And also can be some of the most challenging because there are times I want to quit. There are times I want to go to bed. There are times that don’t want to get up. I only post on social media my pictures of me at 4:00 AM when I’m like getting up at 3:35 AM to be in integrity.
And when I get to the gym at four, because if I post it, I create accountability outside of myself and tomorrow morning. When I’m not wanting to get up, even though I gave my word, I remember I posted it and it’s just enough to tilt me into the edge. So my still relying on some external. Am I using the internet for my accountability partner? For sure. Is there going to be a point where none of you will know what time I get up and what I’m doing? And you’ll see the kingdom that I’ve built, but I’m not living in it. I’m giving it away. And that’s why I do this. And so you have to have accountability, buddy. You have to have a mastermind, a group of people, a tribe, like our Facebook group or our mastermind, or your best friend in your life.
But you guys have to have a pact that you hold each other to your greatness and you do not accept each other’s mediocrity and you have to be integrous about everything. If you give your word, give it, don’t give the easy goal. Don’t get the easy answer. Like, Oh, I want to get in shape. No, I want to lose five pounds in the next 30 days. I want to read for 20 minutes a day. I want to make sure I walk for an hour a day and you put it out there and you tell people to hold yourself accountable and to have them support you. There’s going to be times that they’re going to push you. If there’s going to be times they’re going to pull you in. There’s going to be times that they’re pulled by you. And that’s the point of having a team. Teammates don’t do the work for you, but they always see you for your greatness, not where you are. They always see you for where you’re going, not where you are. And that’s who you want to surround yourself with. So number three has accountability, buddy, a mastermind, a group of people, a person who supports you.
Number four is you have to reflect daily. At the end of your day. I highly recommend doing this practice. You take out a piece of paper, take out a journal and you look at your day. What goals did you set that day? What were you trying to accomplish? And you look back at your day and you ask yourself these three questions. What worked, what didn’t work and what am I going to do differently tomorrow to make it work? And you actually answer these three questions. And once you’re done answering those three questions, you write them down in your reflection on them. And then you make a plan for the next day, which are going to be number five and six on this list. But number four is you have to reflect, you’re a business person, an entrepreneur, which most of you are, and you want a really good book on this. There’s a book that Keith Cunningham wrote called the Road Less Stupid, and he calls it as thinking time.
And it is absolutely mind-blowing because the only way that you can create more is by doing less, more effectively. Not by doing more, this isn’t a game of attrition who can hustle harder, who can bleed more. It all comes from intentionality. Knowing what levers you have, knowing when to pull them when not to pull them, and knowing when the lever needs some maintenance or you need a new lever. And that only comes in reflection. So step number four is you have to ask yourself these daily questions looking at my day and my health and my wealth in my business and my relationship, what worked? What didn’t work and what am I going to do differently to make it work? And then you go to number five.
Number five is you have to set a power hour, which means you have to non-negotiable open your calendar and tomorrow, and the next day put an hour in your calendar where you are doing nothing else except. Your needle mover, your strength, your queen bee role is Mike Michalowicz has called it. But we always call it No plan B for your A-game. Your gift to the world. Whatever that thing is, that’s going to move the needle. You set an hour and that means no phone, no books, and no distractions. You do it. And you do it for an hour and you treat it like a workout and you give it you’re all.
And at most you do Pomodoro with 20 minutes on five minutes off, 20 minutes on, and go for an hour. And nothing gets in that time. That time is sacred. That time is the gospel. That is your time. That is religious time with you. That is your sovereignty time, your growth time, that is protected at all costs for you to give you, everything to your greatness.
Tip number six is you have to have well-defined goals. Where do you want to be 30 days from now? 60 days, 90 days from now five years from now, 20 years from now? Where do you wanna be in your health, your wealth, your relationship, your life? Where do you want to be in your business? How many hours a day do you want to work?
How much do you want to wait? What do you want to have the energy for? How do you want to be eating? How do you want to be spending your time? You can’t build a house without a blueprint. You can’t create your vision without the specifics. You need to know how long the boards are going to be. You need to know what order they’re going to go, and you need to know how many floors it’s going to have, how many rooms it’s going to be, how many bathrooms you want to have.
You need the same thing for your life. You need to know where you want to spend your time, where you want your business to be, where you want to eat, how you want to move, how you want to work out. I want to spend time with your kids, your family. Do you want to create a family? Start a family, get married, date, whatever. You have to know.
And so you set these well clearly defined goals and you set yourself up to win. And then you set your power hour to accomplish these goals. And then at the end of the day, you look at, Oh, I was working towards these goals. What worked, what didn’t work, what am I going to do differently? And then you schedule those into the next power hour.
Play your game and win
But the only way you’re going to win is if you play the game and you have to play your game, you have to know the field that you’re on, the game that you’re playing. So you can measure what’s working and not working. This is a game. Football games aren’t won with one play. Baseball games aren’t won with one pitch. I’m not even a sports guy. Marathons aren’t run with one step. You don’t lose weight with one meal. You don’t grow in your relationship with one date. It’s a game and it’s a game that you have to play every day. And it’s how you practice these things every day, these small things, every single day that adds up to create you as the champion.
Gold medallists don’t win gold because the morning before the Olympics, they decided they wanted to go be a sprinter or a shot putter or a snowboarder. They put in the practice every single day when nobody’s looking, sweating, pushing. Struggling, growing, learning. So when the moment it is there, when they get to that moment, they’ve already won before they competed. See champions win before the game. And that’s why they win because it’s everything that they’ve put in every single day so that the only outcome is the championship. And that’s where we get to be.
So these are my six productivity tips to manage your time and to get more done. I’m going to go over them again one more time. And I encourage you to take these seriously because you have two choices at this moment. You can keep going like you’re going, and maybe it works for you. Or you can try this on for size and have a chance to reach a new level. And trust me. I will interview many people on this podcast. I will interview too many of my friends. I will introduce you to many of my friends, some of them wildly success worth billions. These are the people I talk to every day.
These are the things that they’ve taught me and what they do, and they’re non-negotiable. And so we have to live it and embody it now every single day to get to where we want to be a year, two and five years from now. Because we’re not going to win the gold medal overnight. The gold medal is already being won or lost at this moment right now with what we do every single day or what we don’t do every single day.
So my six productivity tips to manage time and get more done.
- Number one, you need a personal mission statement for your life and it needs to align to your work.
- Number two, you need to do an energy and attention audit and make adjustments.
- Number three, you need an accountability buddy, a support group, a mastermind or something, or someone that holds you to your greatness and does not accept your mediocrity.
- Number four, you need to ask questions daily in your reflection time, what worked, what didn’t work? What am I going to do differently?
- Number five is you need to set a power hour. Non-negotiable that is your time. Your sovereignty time. Nobody can touch it. It’s sacred.
- Number six is you have to have clearly well-defined goals.
Pick the order that they go in, but all of these things combined. Are a guaranteed recipe for success.
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