An Inside Scoop on the Power of Productive People
Abundance. It’s the concept of more, of enough, and even more than enough and it translates to every aspect of our lives. Business. Relationships. Friendships. Time. Love. Money. Success. It’s counterpart? Is scarcity. Which is the feeling or fear that there is not enough, may never be enough to go around.
Both are mindsets that can move people to make choices about the directions in which they move their lives. What I want to share with you here is that you truly do have the ability to control the flow of what you want in your life by absolutely paying ATTENTION and focusing on one or the other.
If you want to move into a more powerful, more productive, abundant life, you have make knowledge-seeking your best friend and kick that scarcity mindset right to the curb and leave it there.
Chris Anderson is the editor-in-chief of the UK Wired Magazine and also the author of the great book book Free. Chris challenges readers to embrace a gift economy and shares that ‘today’s knowledge workers are yesterday’s factory workers’. Interesting right? The truth is that knowledge IS in abundance. We live in a world where we can learn, literally, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week if we want – and we can even do it for free! Hello Google! We have access to greatness, to inspired words, serious strategies, the success plans of like-minded business people, and the motivation of some of the best minds in the world right there at our fingertips.
Let that sink in a little. While yes, information and knowledge is in abundance, it’s up to us to make conscious choices about how to share it, what to take in and what to abandon. We’re on the topic of productivity—right? So when you’re eager to ramp up your productivity – one of the most important decisions you can make is determining what NOT to pursue, rather than to continue to be that person with the 4,000 balls in the air. What things are absolutely right to put on your plate because they are critical to the direction you want your life to be in and what do you need to lay down, delegate or pitch? Because abundance doesn’t mean necessarily having it ALL, it’s about having all the right things for YOU and the life you want to lead.
Chris Anderson in Free continues to share ‘abundance thinking is not only discovering what will become cheaper but looking for that will be more valuable as a result of moving to that’. Time has become more valuable! We need an abundance mentality of how we can invest our time more wisely, with people we enjoy more, doing things we enjoy more if we want to filter our daily decisions to choose the most impactful activities.
If you’re ready to draw more abundance into your world and leave the negativity at the door — try these strategies:
Decline invitations that don’t excite you. That time is valuable thing? Super important. So why would you waste precious hours somewhere you have zero interest or excitement about? Will there be some times you simply can’t decline? Sure, but for the most part, honor yourself, your time, your journey and only accept those invitations you really want and are delighted to attend. The others? Graciously decline their invitation. Save your time for things you are energized by.
Fully commit. if you are working on a project, go all in. In a conversation? Be fully present and attentive. Relaxing with a book? Immerse yourself in the pleasure of it (without guilt)! Dinner with a friend or loved one? Set the distractions aside and give them the gift of your time. Whatever it is, you will glean so much more from EVERY situation when you fully commit to it with all you have.
Be generous. Generosity is like jet-fuel for abundance. It stokes the fire for more great things in your life like almost nothing else can. When you generously share your time, money, energy, gifts, knowledge, wisdom, experience – all of it – you will attract all of those things right back into your life. It’s good for your heart, your mind and your spirit, I promise you. Out for a meal? Pick up the tab. Going through a toll gate? Pay for the fellow behind you. Stopping at Starbucks? Surprise the next guest in line. Drop donuts off at a fire station. Bring unexpected flowers to a loved one. Drop a few random “thank you for being you” cards in the mail this week. Little things really do go a very long way, and generosity often feels even more rewarding for us than it does for our recipients.
So, start today. Fuel your abundant thinking by paying attention to all the ways you share your time, attention and energy with those around you. What can you to do today so abundance wins and you increase your daily impact? Share your ideas with us here on our blog.