Kill Productivity and Unleash Your Awesomeness

by Jarrod

Those of us on the productive front like to live in a world of todos. Constantly ticking off task after task and getting a little buzz each time.

Then if we are wise we also take the time to look at the bigger picture of our projects and keep track off some of the big things we are wanting to achieve over our lifetime.

Yet when stuck in traffic or waiting in a shopping que we still find ourselves getting frustrated. Sometimes we would even go as far to say that it is a waste of time. After all haven’t we all been through school and then university learning how to do things faster and more efficiently!

Productivity rules in the modern world.

I say we should kill productivity.

Ask yourself:

  • At the end a day, what do I want?
  • Looking at your most important project, why is it important to you?
  • What do you desire about being productive?

Then to all of those answers I want you to repeatedly ask “Why do I want that? What does it give me?”

Take a minute to do it.

If you think this is a waste of time then think again because I am about to reveal to you the greatest productivity secret of all time.

So ask yourself the questions. Delve deep into your mind and prepare yourself for the treasures that it holds.

Here is What You Really Want

If you have taken the time out of your productive life to actually ask the above questions then I see hope for you, your happiness and your ability to change your life.

When you take the time to continually ask yourself what you want to get out of your actions you eventually get down to an answer to the following question.

How do I want to feel?

If you want to save the starving children of Uganda, then you want to feel a sense of goodness for contributing or a certain glow for a being a positive source in society. If you want to run a successful business you want to experience the feeling of freedom of time, financial security or maybe even the awesomeness of inventing cool products…

Everything you do is to change how you feel.

The problem is we have been brought up programmed only to know a few ways to change how we feel.

If we want to feel financial secure we think we either need to work hard to maintain a stable job or that we must amass an amount of wealth that will provide us with a sustainable income for the rest of our life. This takes many many years of our life in a hunt for financial security.

But here is the deal. You can change how you feel right now.

Lets take a look at financial security.

I choose to believe that because I can always learn that I will always be able to get a job somewhere in some field. Therefore I will always have access to money. Because I will always have access to money I am financially secure.

Boom. Financial security in a second. I should sell this course for millions.

Hang on a second you might complain, that is just a belief (although a perfectly valid one to believe). It doesn’t actually make you financially secure. I still have to worry about my job every day, there is no guarantee I will have my job tomorrow.

But that is exactly wrong.

I do not have to worry about my job. I do not have to worry about money.

Because I believe I will always be able to find a way to make money I do not need to worry.

Worry gone, financial security, secured.

Choose Valid Beliefs That Give You What You Want Now

Know what you want to feel now, in this and every moment.

Become that incredible sensation that is the ultimate expression of your true nature and beautiful self. Acknowledge that you have everything that you could ever want within you and that you can feel however you want, whenever you want.

So look at a busy project you have been undertaking. Know what you want to feel by finishing that project.

Now choose a set of beliefs that allows you to experience what you want to feel in this moment, right now.

That’s right, it’s awesome.

So tell me, what are you now feeling that you wanted to get from your most awesome project?

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Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point July 27, 2010 at 8:24 am

Hi Jarrod, I’m relieved to find that this isn’t yet another productivity blog. I happen to think that too many bloggers are putting too much emphasis on doing and not enough on being which, no surprise, results in a lopsidedness (in their and their readers’ existential selves).

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on financial security. It’s something that, for me, has lost urgency/centrality overtime. Money, once the bare minimum is covered, just doesn’t matter nearly as much as things like love, peace, health, sanity, relationships, civil rights, etc. And yet, we continue to perpetuate its mythical value.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I value your comment.

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Jarrod July 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm

@Belinda: Wow right on Belinda. It is great to hear some similar views on the importance of who we are being.

Money really is a funny thing, it is interesting to figure out what our ‘comfortable’ survival value is. The less we want the easier it gets to pursue what we truly desire.

Thanks for taking the time to come over and have a chat.

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Amit Sodha - The Power Of Choice July 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Hey Jarrod,

As you know I’m a huge advocate of choosing a different way of thinking and a different way of being. I was in the same boat as many others, especially the financial point you made above, and even though I get the odd occasional attack of the *ahhhhh what the heck am I gona do!!!* :-D

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Jarrod August 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm

@Amit: :D The mind really does play a ridiculous amount of games on us doesn’t it :)

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Dominika August 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Hello Jarrod,

Nice post :) Interesting that you have chosen to discuss financial security – I think these days it has become number 1. concern for even more people, since we are having yet another crisis (or are we still? :) ). I agree with you that there are various ways of looking at this and one can choose yours – definitely looks like something that will result in less ulcers than the “constant worry” one :D
I just wanted to throw in few chips on how difficult/easy it is to snap out of this… Mind does play games, and they become more and more sophisticated as the life goes on – it throws in additional factors like “my family depends on me having a job”; “all nice but what will I do when the money runs out” and such. It takes quite some work to rewire… Quite a lot of it I would say. But I suppose it is worth it, in the end :)

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Jarrod August 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm

@Dominika: Nice to hear from you Dominika :)

Awesome work identifying some of the thoughts that like to play with us.

Its funny that logically it would make sense to put in place a plan in order to make what we feel is the necessary amount of money in order to be secure. Yet when we make a plan we often still don’t feel secure. At the end of the day we have fear in acting out our plan or more likely is that we don’t actually believe in it.

We believe our plans will fail… Ironic that the very plans we make we disbelieve. If we believed they would work then we would no longer fear what they are going to solve. Truly we need to get beyond all the fears, going along with them doesn’t help and dropping by the wayside (with plans in place ;) ) often solves them.

I love the quote from somewhere saying ‘a new level of thinking is required to solve the problems that the mind has created for itself’.

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Giulietta Nardone August 13, 2010 at 5:11 am

Hi Jarrod,

Like the title of your blog! I’m with you on bagging this productivity nonsense. We are real people not robots! Efficiency experts aren’t even efficient, cause if the were they’d realize that the faster you make Jane run the more inefficient she really becomes cause she wants to regain her humanity and will start to fight the system – unless you beat the life out of her and that’s when the real mistakes start to happen.

The world’s going in the wrong direction – away from emotion. I agree with you on getting back to how you feel. I like to feel alive and pumped and intense and filled with ideas and wild!

Much thanks, Giulietta – Inspirational Rebel

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Jarrod August 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

@Giulietta: Welcome!

Personally I quite like efficiency but the main thing I find is an issue is that it causes people to sub-optimize the larger picture of their life, focusing in to much in one area and being consumed by it.

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