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Succeed – Day 12 – 3 sneaky reasons why your ‘hard work’ could be sabotaging your success

Everything we are discussing this month is aimed at helping you avoid a life of unrelenting, exhausting labor, feeling stuck and unfulfilled – and instead enjoy a life of fulfilling work, play, and success every day.

Yesterday we spoke of the illusion of productivity – today let’s talk about how your ‘hard work’ could be sabotaging you!

This is the result of that illusion of productivity and here’s how it plays out exactly…there are 3 reasons you could be getting sabotaged (by you).

REASON ONE: You don’t have a chief aim or worthy goal

If so, all of your work is random, and it’s impossible to succeed at progressing a worthy goal you don’t have.

Success today is sabotaged.

Without a worthy goal you are driving around aimlessly wasting gas!

REASON TWO: You DO have a worthy goal – but you neglected to prioritize your day and instead got consumed with busy work

You may have tricked yourself into thinking you’re productive but a majority of your time was NOT spent in SUCCESS: progressing your worthy goal

Plus – you were less efficient with the time you did spend.

Not focusing on priorities means you’re focusing on the WRONG things that are working against your priorities.

This is like knowing your destination while driving across the country but thinking, “we’ll get there someday…but ooh, look at that sign! 75% off sale! We can’t miss that.”

So you go 30 miles off course as you try to cram everything possible in on the way.

But you’re off track – not progressing toward your goal, and you’ll likely run out of time and have to turn back before you ever get there.

REASON THREE: You do have a goal, and you DID set your priorities, but you let distraction pull you into other action.

This is insidious because it silently eats away your self-confidence and self-respect.

Not only are you not progressing your goal, but now you’re backsliding because you are taking a hatchet to the tree of your confidence.

When you write something down and commit to yourself, you create confidence patterns when you keep that commitment.

You destroy confidence and integrity by not keeping commitments.

This is like the car sliding backward on a sheet of ice: Busy, busy, spinning wheels – but actually going down the hill…the WRONG way.

So how do we avoid the trap of ‘hard work sabotage’?

1 – Envision your chief aim. 2 – Set your priorities. 3 – Then SHUT OUT ALL potential distractions until you have completed your #1 Top priority.

This means turning off all phones, putting them out of sight (unless they are part of the priority), shutting down all applications on the computer that are not being used right now

(especially browsers, emails, and any application that could ‘pop up’ a notification in front of you.)

Remember… DECIDE – WRITE – DO

DO is the critical final factor in confidence.

If you allow distraction to pull you off course you won’t actually take the beneficial action!

“Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Norman Vincent Peale

At the end of the day, “Action is the real measure of intelligence.” – Napoleon Hill

The DECIDING and the WRITING of your priority are critical in helping you focus on the BEST action.

But your action seals the deal on success. There is no progress without action.

That’s why it’s so important to set your priority small and clear…you remove as much resistance to action as possible and get yourself moving…in the right direction.

Make Today Amazing.