I recently read a book by Marisa Peer and in one of the chapters, she wrote about what separates successful people from the rest of us.
Like you can imagine there are several things that successful people do that ordinary people don’t. One of the things that caught my attention was that successful people do the things they don’t like first thing every day so that they get rid of it straight away and can be productive the rest of the day.
There will always be things in your life that you don’t like doing and you have two options on how to deal with them.
“I don’t like this, but I am going to do it now and feel good about it all day” or you can say “I don’t want to do this so I am going to put it off and torture myself all day”.
I don’t know about you, but I must confess that I currently operate more in accordance with the second statement.
Usually I procrastinate and try to avoid the things I “hate” until it cannot be avoided anymore. This means that I often end up putting these things off for a long time, days, or even weeks, and as a result, the thing continues to take up space in my consciousness and occupy my mind.
According to Marissa, this is not uncommon, since it is coded into our genes to run away from fear. This used to be very useful when we, million years ago, were running away from predators but today, it is not useful when we translate the resistance of an assignment as fear and run away from it.
Getting the thing you hate doing out of the way will have a big impact on your overall productivity and potentially has the power to change your life.
Logically it makes a lot of sense to copy the successful people´s habits. Say for instance that you want to make a tough sales call, do push-ups, draft a presentation, or something else that you are not in the mood for. If you were to do it straight away 2 things would happen.
- You get rid of the thing – and can be more productive for the rest of the day.
- You feel proud of yourself – and get a feeling of accomplishment.
I don’t know about you but this is a habit that I will try to incorporate in my life. It is a simple shift in mindset but with that said it may not be as easy as it sounds.
However, I am sure it will be worth it. If you have followed our other blog posts on habits and how to form a new empowering habit and the concept of habit stacking (tying a new habit to an old) I am sure I can make the shift.
How about you?
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