The Most Productive You

Posted by: Patrick Frazier on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 8:00:00 am


The Most Productive You

Written and shared by Patrick Frazier

"You're not you when you're hungry" is what the Snickers commercial say. But did you know, “You’re NOT you when you are experiencing Major Life Events?” The most productive you is when you are healthy, resilient and feeling GREAT.  When major life events occur, we often suffer deeply and as a result we aren’t able to continue the growth of our company. 

In his book, Your Oxygen Mask First, Kevin Lawrence introduces 17 habits for maintaining the resilience you need for staying healthy, focused and achieving great success. A few of my favorite habits are figuring out your sweet spots, gathering a team of experts and learning like your life depends on it.

The first habit is to figure out what you are good at, your strengths and sweet spots. Try to spend 80% of your time and energy doing things you love and in the ways you love to do them. Have you ever noticed when you do things you are good at you just seem to get better?  Have you ever noticed that when you do things you love, it takes you less time and energy?  Or maybe you’ve noticed others ask you to do the things you are good at?  People are attracted to successful people, so find out what your sweet spots are and go about being a rock star!

Secondly, quadruple your IQ by gathering a team of experts. You don't have to be the smartest person in the room. Collective brainpower is always smarter that individual intelligence. Be the person in the room that has the biggest network of smart people.  Find smart people that are one text, phone call or message away. Trying to solve every problem by yourself, is a complete waste of time. Why not generate more great ideas, come up with better solutions and have more fun by gathering the input from your team of trusted advisors. No one of us is as smart as all of us! 

Lastly, learn like your life depends on it. If you want to 2x your company, then you (and your leadership team) need to 3x your rate of learning. By the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet. Change is constant. Change is accelerating, therefore learning must be a survival skill. 

Perhaps you have heard the saying "Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.” The moral of this saying is, “whether you are a lion or a gazelle, when you wake up, you better be running!” In today’s business world, “when you wake up you better be learning!” Your most productive you, is a good book away, another expert in your corner, and right in your sweet spot!

This content was written and shared by guest blogger Patrick Frazier.

As President of The Coaching Authority, Patrick Frazier brings over 20 years of experience in project leadership, process development, and management. Patrick had a successful management and process development run in both Information Technology and Operations for Citigroup Inc, as Senior Project Manager and Vice President Statement Processing. He was also Director of System Development and Project Manager for Associates Financial Services.

Patrick is a certified Gravitas Impact executive coach, Total Quality Facilitator, Adventures in Attitude Facilitator, and Six Sigma Yellow Belt. He is certified in Rising Stars and ADVanced Insight. He has a BS in Computer Science from Missouri Western State College. Patrick also has experience in Youth and Nonprofit arenas, such as his past involvement with College Success Collation, Upward Basketball as Michiana Director, and the Hope Rescue Mission, as Volunteer Benefit Organizer. Additionally, Patrick is the Executive CAB Leader for the Christian Business Fellowship.

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