ProdPod: Episode 23 — “Become a ‘Possibilitarian.’”

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Perseverance is a definite key to success. And, there are opportunities to persevere in everyday life.

“Become a ‘possibilitarian.’ No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities– Always see them, for they are always there.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

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Perseverance is not the prettiest word. It sounds harsh and dark and sharp. It turns out, though, that to persevere is the one characteristic unique among all successful people. Whether it’s in love, a kid’s soccer game or corporate America, the fact that you didn’t give up is the key for moving beyond the short-term wins and losses and onto the greater goal. I started to think about my own life and how I could think about perseverance vis-a-vis my productivity. I persevere when I don’t feel like working anymore for the day and I do that *one more item* on my Next Actions list that doesn’t take much energy. I persevere when I decide to dive into a large project by doing just the next thing (e.g., that first phone call, email or the first sentence of a vision/mission statement) and then decide to continue on with the next action on that project. In what ways do you persevere every day?

I encourage you to think about these possibilities to persevere whenever you can, every day. There are opportunities to overcome challenges, competing priorities, and take advantage of openings in your schedule throughout the day to greater productivity.
“Become a ‘possibilitarian.’ No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities– Always see them, for they are always there.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
 
I’d like to invite everyone listening to the podcast to my new live, monthly Twitter conversation, Productivity Chat or prodchat. Please visit rsidneysmith.com/productivity/prodchat to learn more, and see how easy it is to join the conversation!