Productivity is not doing lots of stuff fast.
You can do lots of stuff and get nowhere closer to your ideal. Most people are living their lives this way. They are burning themselves out running in a million different directions. Our society has become obsessed with constant doing. There’s little time left for being and living.
Productivity is purposefully and consistently moving in a desired direction.
Insanely productive people have learned the two most important things every person needs to know in this life:
- Who they are
- What their purpose (path) in life is
And that’s where we begin:
1. They know who they are and who they want to be.
Productivity is a sexy topic lately because most people are radically confused about who they are.
As a result, they want a quick scheme to the world’s definition of success. They’ve yet to define success for themselves. They want it all laid out for them. They want a to-do list. They believe that doing lots of stuff will get them what they want.
Maybe it will impress other people? Maybe it will get them ahead of the competition? But who really is the competition?
That’s the problem.
Most people are still competing with other people.
They are trying to fit in. They’re trying to be perceived as awesome. In truth, they’re profoundly insecure. They’re caught in an endless identity crisis?—?going from one thing to the next. Whatever is popular at the time?—?the illusive quest for acceptance?—?the lack of depth and commitment.
And that’s the difference.
Non-productive people seek security externally.
They seek security in a paycheck, or in friends, or in perceived success. Rather than experiencing security, in reality, they are the slaves to these things. They will do anything to have these things. They are not free.