Productivity starts internally. Doing more things does not make you more productive. But being more increases your effectiveness.
In other words, how much you do matters less than how much you are.
That’s a bit ambiguous. I know. But the truth is that people aren’t efficient when they just work harder and longer hours, but because they invest their best time and energy into a healthy self. Naturally, that well-being flows into everything else.
As Stephen Covey says, “build inner character first—private victory before public victory.”
The degree to which your habits are unhealthy is the same degree to which your productivity and passion lack. We’ve all found it a challenge on certain days to do what needs to be done. To write that paper, give that speech, or put together than presentation. And often, if we look at the few days before, we’ll find this to be true:
“I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.”
Conversely, if our days are full of exercise, good eating habits, relational health, and beneficial self-talk, our next few days will be a result of that.
What you do today will determine who you are tomorrow. There’s no getting around it. Live well today so that you can be successful in the future.
“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”