Ditch the Guilt And Be More Productive

A client called me the other day, extremely upset. Feeling overwhelmed. The guilt was oppressive. There seemed to be no way out.

Then we both realized something: The person who created that feeling – and all the guilt that caused it – was the person in the mirror.

You have a tremendous opportunity facing you today – right now. You can ditch the guilt and begin to get things back on track.

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Here’s the transcript from this episode:

Ditch the Guilt and Be More Productive

Hi, it’s Dave Lorenzo and I wanted to share this video with you as quickly as I could because it’s my fixation for today.

I just got off the phone with the client and it turns out the client has a great deal of anxiety. The reason why she has so much anxiety is because she’s got a huge to-do list with so much to do on it. Now having a full to-do list is not necessarily a bad thing, but letting that to-do list affect your attitude, your behavior, your emotions, that is a bad thing.

Here is what you need to consider. Who makes the to-do list in the first place? You do. So who’s creating the guilt that you feel? You are. Then who can relieve that guilt? You can. So many times when I hear this scenario, and I hear it two or three times a month at least, I have a conversation with the clients and I say to them, “Stop making to-do lists.”

What you should do is focus on what you’ve completed each and every single day. Then take some time when you’re in between meetings or perhaps right now, like I’m sitting right now, I pulled over to make this video. But I was sitting at a traffic light and I was thinking about what I’ve gotten accomplished today already.

That’s what you need to do. You need to create an action report, if you will, or an action list or an accomplishment list each and every single day and write down the things that you’ve accomplished. When I say create this list, you should write down everything you’ve done. Including being in your role as a parent and being in your role as a brother or a sister, a father or a son, an uncle, a nephew. Anything you do throughout the course of the day that adds value to your life or to the lives of someone else goes on that action list.

Then at the end of the day, or when you’ve just got five minutes, sit down and review the action list of things you’ve completed. When you do this, you’ll be amazed at how good you feel about yourself because you’ll be reflecting on what you’ve gotten done versus what you have yet to do.

Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t keep track of the things you have to do each and every single day. What you should do is, you should create a project board and make a note of how those projects will relate to your actual goals in life and in your business. Accomplish one or two small things related to each of these projects each day versus trying to accomplish 20 big things every day and then leaving that to-do list with a bunch of uncompleted items on it.

I’ll tell you what. Creating an action list and focusing on things that you’ve gotten done is one of the powerful secrets to feeling better about yourself, having more confidence. And when you have more confidence, you naturally become way more productive.

To recap, do not focus on your to-do list on a daily basis. Create a monthly project list and take action each day on some of those projects. Then keep a list each day of your accomplishments and review those accomplishments on a regular basis. Two or three times a day. In the middle of the day, at the end of the day. Even when you’ve stopped at a traffic light, grab your phone and look through those accomplishments real quick. No, don’t do that. That’s not safe. If you want, pull over and read those accomplishments off of your phone on your action list or on your accomplishment list.

I’m Dave Lorenzo and this has been your Four Minute Fixation for today.

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