How To Increase Your Productivity: Get A Life!

I find productive to get my arse kicked
I find productive to get my arse kicked

It’s really darn easy to get caught up in the money chase and forget about everything else, but you may find that it’s everything else makes the money chase worth it.

If your mind is occupied 12-15hours of the day with money worries, and you’re constantly thinking how can I make more? You just might be digging your own broke hole.

Exactly what is the point of making any money without a reason to spend it?

Yeah, of course there are always more cars, new houses, and fancy gadgets, but are you ever going to really enjoy it if you’re stuck working?

On my last post I touched on the benefits on non linear patterns when it comes to “rebooting” our brains, giving everything a fresh new start.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been dedicating myself (again) to exercise. I made the commitment to at least twice a week, stop everything, shut off the cell phone, and go get my arse kicked at the gym.

Despite my passion for jiu jitsu, I had completely quit going a year ago to dedicate myself to making money. In my head, I’d start making a lot of money, and then I’d find the time to go fight.

It doesnt work that way – not in the least.

After I shut myself off for about a month, I started noticing my eating habits reached an all-time low, I was cranky, snappy, and was annoying even myself.

It is quite easy to identify that now, but it wasnt back then.

And it wasnt just the gym: I shut off social activities, cut off on family time, and the only people I spoke to were online friends and partners, also in the money chase.

The Productivity Dilemma: Should I Focus On Money Or Sanity?

This post goes against everything I learned from studying personal development, and from watching how millionaires are created; maintaining “laser-beam” focus, keeping your goals fresh in your mind, and using affirmations and meditation to clear your head is how they taught me success would come.

Maybe I Haven’t Found My “Laser-Beam” Focus…

With the constant reevaluation of my goal, the obsession with achieving certain milestones, and the urgency to win I had created for myself a pool of stress.

And I’m not a Yoga Master to meditate my way out of it.

So I got other people to beat that stress out of me. I went back to the gym.

And I let friends take me out for a beer. I scheduled family time away from the computer and the cell phone.

Am I done with my money-chase? HECK NO!

Am I less stressful? More creative? More energetic?


This Is What Falling 20+ft Does… And Why You Should Do The Same!

I jumped off of a bridge today.

Heck YEAH!

A 6-meter (22ft) fall straight into the Roanoake Island waters!

To the astonishment of a suddenly-quiet wife, and the curious audience of a nearby waterfront restaurant, I jumped.

Roanoke Island Bridge, Manteo NC
Roanoke Island Bridge, Manteo NC

Completely unplanned, coming back from an afternoon stroller ride, I took off my shirt, and despite wearing white cotton shorts, IT FELT GREAT!

I had written before about facing challenges with confidence, but this is something new.

Adrenaline Rush & Internet Marketing?

To be honest, I hadn’t experienced anything this exciting since my son was born, and his birth still was more of a mental rush than straight up adrenaline.

It’s not like sitting on the computer trying to get people to buy my stuff isn’t fun. Trust me, it’s a LOT of fun.

But routine kills people. Daily repetition is what drives Post Office employees nuts.

Routine is so bad that makes you come online every evening trying to find a way out of it.

Non-Linear Pattern (NLP)

I first heard about NLP from Frank Kern, and I’ve been reading about it ever since. NLP, in regards to customer behavior, means shocking a customer out of his/hers expected pattern of action in order to increase conversions.

A good example of this in internet marketing is the recent utilization of video sales letters, which are customary on TV (infomercials), but relatively new in our favorite media.

But what has NLP to do with me jumping off of a bridge?

Well, screwing the “routine” is a major shock to anybody’s expected¬† behavior, and it gives you opportunities:

  • The sudden pattern break “resets” your brain, which has to scramble to catch up with the new situation. This is a major opportunity to see things from a new perspective, or to come up with new ideas.
  • When there’s adrenaline involved, the hormonal discharge makes you feel like Superman; increased confidence leads to bold moves, which often result in … greater rewards.
  • It’s just as good as a break – but with a complete shift in mindset.

How do you plan on Breaking the Pattern?

Whether jumping off of a bridge or offering your customers a revolutionary experience, what are your plans to break the routine?

Post your comments, and be sure to specify if indeed it RESETTED your brain…!