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Productivity Tip: How a One Word Shift in Your Mindset Can Improve Everything

What I learned from Ken Blanchard and Beverly Sills:
A small change in perspective that yields very powerful results

Do you want to know one of my biggest productivity "secrets" -- one that has made a huge difference over the past 10 years? Something that will not only boost your productivity, but will impact every aspect of your life in a very positive way?


Here's the story:

About 10 years ago, we interviewed 43 of the most successful business leaders, innovators and experts. We asked each one of them to share their very best advice: the one thing that they felt would have the most impact on how to make this year the best, most successful and profitable year ever.

The advice I'm about to share with you came from Ken Blanchard, legendary best-selling author of The One Minute Manager and many other books. Here's what Ken said:


Life is a choice. I am a great admirer of the wonderful opera singer, Beverly Sills. She was doing a concert in San Francisco one afternoon. They had a reception for her at the end of the concert, and a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle came up to her and said, "Miss Sills, I bet you hate the fact you've got to give another concert tonight."

She said: "I don't have to give another concert tonight. I get to give another concert tonight." She continued: "At one time in my life, I used to say I 'had to' a lot, and could feel the energy drain.

"Suddenly, I just got it. People are driving all over town, picking up babysitters, and getting dressed to come and hear me sing. I get to give another concert."

The power of that one turn of phrase is just unbelievable.

My favorite quote is "Life is a very special occasion." Think about what would happen to you if your main goal each day was to show your delight with the world. Every day would be different.


Take a moment to think about how you can apply this to your business and your life -- now. Ask yourself: what's stopping me from doing this? How can I remove that block?

I believe that if you take this advice to heart, it will change your life like it did mine.

Please post your comments and questions below -- we're curious to hear your feedback and results.