Keys to Success
By: David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer

Have you ever wondered if there is a secret to being successful? So many people say they want to be successful but never seem to get there. I recently read an article by Dr. Travis Bradberry author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 that addressed this question.  According to a study Bradberry referenced in his article, there are things that successful people do every day. As I read through the article, I found similarities to many John Maxwell teachings regarding growth and intentionality. Let’s take a look at two that jumped out at me.

Focus on minutes not hours. Most people seem to default to one hour or half hour blocks. Those who are a very successful, focus on minutes in their day. We all get 1,440 minutes in each day. How are we investing our time? We all know that we can find more ways to earn money, but we simply can’t get more time. When I teach Making Today Matter and Supervisory Leadership, I hand out a form that I call my 15 Minute Miracle. I ask each person to track an average day in their life in 15-minute blocks to see where their time is spent. It can be a very telling exercise. One study I saw showed that the average person spends more time on social media than eating.

They focus on one thing at a time. We think that we can multitask when in fact we can’t. The most successful people realize this early in their life. They focus their work on one task or project at a time. Author Cal Newport identifies the increased productivity that we can each have if we engage in what he calls Deep Work.  This requires that we set aside blocks of time when we disconnect from distraction and focus on a specific project or task. These blocks of time can be as small as an hour and will give us a tremendous boost in productivity. If you are a morning person, schedule to do your most important tasks in the morning while you are the most productive.

Please join Marisa and me on The Next Page podcast as we look at 12 more tactics that the very successful do daily.

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