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Sunday, September 12, 2010

How To Increase Your Productivity and Be More Successful In Life

 By: Andrew Guy


Success begins and ends with having the right frame of mind, a correct outlook on ones current circumstances and their meaning. In essence, the right mindset is directly related to how you feel about yourself. And while others may refer to this as self-image, it is your self-esteem that determines everything about you, your future, the company or friends you keep, your environment, and most of all, how you function in that environment at a specific moment in time.

Have you ever wondered why some people are more productive and achieve far more success than the average everyday-Joe? Well, if you are ready to change that old you into a successful superstar, you are about to discover the secret to all success. Whether you are a business person, parent, athlete, counselor, or just a regular Joe, the secret to your success is not out there in some nine-to-five or grave yard shift job, it is inside of you.

Many people spend a lifetime searching for what has seemingly behoove them for centuries. Some attend hundreds, if not, thousands of seminars looking for guru-make-believe cookie-cutter road to riches, happiness and splendor; but the reality of life comes crashing down like a ton-a-brick when their endless search have yielded zero returns.

Let's face it, we are all susceptible to having bad days; however, these are all part of a hidden mechanism designed to bring out the best in us. Anyone can be a success, but you must first decide what success means to you.

For some it could mean: waking up each day to the perfect companion or cup of coffee, an alarm clock that works like a charm, a car that never breaks down, or the job that provides everything they need. While these may all sound like great examples, on the other hand, success can evade even the smartest person if he does understand true success.

Self-esteem determines success! It encompasses every aspect of people-skills and human interactions. For example, do you know people like this: they have little confidence in their smile, and at a moment of laughter they cover their mouths to avoid embarrassment? The same is true for those suffering from a defect in self-esteem. They do just enough to not get noticed; and should they encounter any praise or unexpected accolades, they either freeze or resort to an overly introverted personality. People like these become hindered by their lack of or low self-esteem and are therefore prone to failure, low productivity and are limited in their pursuit for success.

You were created to function, not just to exist! A lack of function is a clear sign of low self-esteem. On the other hand, high self-esteem results in high productivity and success, and increased people skills. The truth is, you cannot be successful by yourself, it is a team effort and you need others to make it happen. Success is therefore an internal operation that is manifested externally in the things which you participate in on a daily basis.

If your aim is to become successful and you spend all your efforts working extraneously on external matters, while neglecting the internal, stop and begin with the inner you first. You will have saved yourself much time, money and resources. Think of it this way, whatsoever is inside of you will become evident when you are (tested) squeezed. So get the right thing inside of you.

Here is a great saying: "a truck is only as good as the engine under its hood, and even so, it is only as productive as the person operating it. In the end, the external paint covering its shell is of little value or no concern." Likewise, it is what's inside of you that determine the outward achievement.

Self-esteem is an internal function with an external manifestation. How you feel inside is evident in how and what you do. You cannot hide your feelings. Regardless of the many masks you wear, they are visible to others. The sad part is that, many who claim to be your friend will see it and not say a word; all in the name of political correctness and wonna-be-nice! It is your true friends, which keep you accountable and honest with yourself. Find those people and allow them to help you by providing feedback about your actions and disposition.

Do a self test:

• Ask your friends if they feel uncomfortable around you, if they have to try hard, something is wrong.

• Are you timid in a new environment or while doing a new task?

• Don't worry, you are not alone. There are millions of people who are scared to take a step forward.

• The most important thing is to address your setbacks before they set you up for failure.

Andrew Guy is a well sought out Motivational Speaker and writer, who’s known for his unique blend of humor, philosophy, spirituality, and high energy approach to breaking down the myths of Leadership,Low Self-esteem, an advocate for laughter, health & wellness. His empowering message for youth, college students an young adults, and businesses is changing attitudes, perceptions, and lives through his inspirational speeches. Find out more about Andrew at

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