The Secret to Productivity; 6 Simple Steps to do what you do best

“Because the biggest obstacle in performance isn’t not knowing what to do; it’s not doing what we already know.” This was the phrase glaring back at me from the screen when I last looked at Dan McCarthy’s Great Leadership blog.

WOW!?!?! That really hit home! Most of you who regularly follow my blog will have noticed that I’ve been absent since my last post on August 30th. Sorry about that.. it’s been a challenging September / October as I’ve taken on some new work,  and even I have to admit that I can become extremely overwhelmed. A new company, a completely new industry, a new city, state & country. Living out of a suit-case.. and in-between all that.. having a 2nd surgery on a broken leg which resulted from a motorcycle accident back in March.

But as I type away at these keys I can already feel my sanity & calm restoring 🙂

6 Simple Steps

Back to the subject at hand; “doing what we already know” and for me that looks like..

  1. STOP
  2. Breath deep
  3. Take a step back
  4. Breath deep again
  5. And now analyze the playing field (take inventory of what’s been going on)
  6. Now take the appropriate ACTION

That’s when the fog started to roll away & the horizon again became clear.

There’s an old saying that goes “when you don’t have your own plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan”, and that’s what’s been happening to me. I allowed self doubt about a new industry detract from my knowledge that certain things just need to be a done a certain way. On all other levels, my new experience was going according to plan! All of the boxes in terms of strategically desired outcomes were being achieved, even though a little slower & with a lot more work that I had originally planned. In adjusting to my new environment, I over-adjusted, over-compensated & lost my balance.

But after my 6 simple steps..  I’m glad to again feel centered, balanced.. & it feels invigorating.


So what keeps us from doing what we know? Typically, it’s interference—or more often, interFEARence—created by those external and internal factors that slow us down, immobilize us, and keep us from performing at our best. This is an excellent excerpt from a new book I’ve just picked up by Alan Fine called You Already Know How To Be Great. Reading this book has been a riveting experience & significant contributed to my momentary time-out to once again find my balance.

I’ll share with you two more brilliant resources that have significantly helped me stay effective, even though not efficient, over the course of the last 60 days:

I’m back

Thanks for hanging in there and sending me your requests to return to the keyboard. I’m happy to say that I’m back.. & have a whole new bags of tricks, tips & practical experiences to share with you over the coming days, weeks & months ahead.

How are you feeling lately? Clear as day? Or dazed & confused? What are you going to do about your situation?

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