If ideas are the seeds of success, productivity is the art of cultivation. The catalyst of creation, the point where God and man meet to unleash their greatness. Ideas are golden, but it's productivity that equips them with their precious golden glow.
Productivity to me is action, and action is energy . . . the source of any idea's life force. But that's not enough its never enough, because really, productivity is a certain type of action. It's that black-belt level of action, packed with purpose, passion and a certain kinda precision. (Yes, I'm talking about that NINJATIVITY.) That brand of action with direction and intention. In simplest terms, you can't just get up and shoot, you've really gotta aim first.
You've gotta get yourself some concrete goals. Before all else, you've gotta know where you intend to go. Sometimes, the idea itself comes out so clear and concrete that it serves as your goal fresh out the box. For the most part however, our ideas just come out somewhere between insanely vague and viciously vivid. Regardless of where on the scale yours land, you're gonna need to refine and fine tune them until they look more like goals.
Somebody wise out there once said that a goal is just a dream with a deadline. Quite true. You see, we can dream big . . . MASSIVE in fact, we can dream as far ahead and wide and tall and long as we allow our imaginations to stretch . . . we can explore infinite ideas, from infinite angles, as we please. Thank God for time, thank God for deadlines. Cos until you can pick out an idea and put a "best before" date on it, it's as good as nothing. It lives in the clouds inside your mind, so full of potential value but ultimately not worth shit to you or the world at large.
So it's simple. Pick an idea. Write it down.
Write it down.
Write it down.
WRITE YOUR GREAT IDEAS DOWN PEOPLE !!!
Give it a name. Give it a shape. Some sort of form to begin to cling to. A foundation to spring from. Give it life. That's right !!! When you put that pen to paper, you give your idea actual life for the first time. You release it from the fantasy land of your mind, and bring it one step closer to existence.
Go to town and back in this moment. Write and write and write and write. Flesh out the details as if the object of your idea's creation is already playing out in front of you. If you dream of owning a particular car, really write that thing into your life. Describe the roads you'll drive through, the colour of the paint job, the things you'll see as you travel, feel the wind blowing through your car, name it, turn up the stereo and pick out the playlist, imagine the way it'll handle around your favourite corners, detail the purchase process, think of who you'll tell first and what you'll say . . . WRITE IT ALL DOWN !!!
Till it feels real. Till it gets emotional even. Bring your vision to life. Once it lives both in your mind and on that page, you can begin to build on it further. You're now in the realm of productivity. It's now time to start producing results. It's now time to take what you've written down, hold it up against your life as it looks and feels now . . . and fill in the gaps.
That's what dream chasing is to me, it's just filling in the gaps of your current life with all the things it's missing. And because you have a detailed vision of your goal, you know what's missing . . . you may not know how to fill it all in, but you do know what's missing.
That sense of knowing something is missing is what drives me, and so many like me, productivity is the process of filling in the missing pieces of your life.
The life you deserve.
And I'm no expert, I just want to share with you what I've learnt about this process over the years. I'm passionate about finding ways to do what I love more effectively and efficiently. And well aware that I'd rather live in a world where I can bring ideas to light, encourage others to do the same & hopefully even build some stuff together.
That would be amazing, always is.