SA Leadership Podcast Episode #147

Production Capacity - Your Ability To Produce Results


Production Capacity can be increased dramatically and immediately if you are highly intentional about it. Consider that everything worthwhile in life – everything you want, everything you desire to achieve, everything you want to receive is uphill.

Notice the comparison in the “Down-hill Slide” and “Up-hill Climb” of life

Down Hill Slide

  • Nothing Worthwhile
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Negative Momentum
  • Losses
  • Low Morale
  • Not Making A Difference
  • No Improvement
  • Aimless
  • Empty

Up Hill Climb

  • Everything Worthwhile
  • High Self Respect
  • Positive Momentum
  • Wins
  • High Morale
  • Making A Difference
  • Self-Improvement
  • Purposeful
  • Fulfilling

Nine Principles of Highly Productive People

Visualize The Perfect Outcome

Stephen Covey wrote in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that we should always begin with the end in mind. Do you have a vision of what you want to accomplish? Have you created a mental model of perfection for what you desire to achieve?

Start Working Before You Know How to Achieve the Vision

At times you need to suspend the requirement of knowing how to do everything in your mental model of perfection. There are so many people who are not productive because they’ve made an inventory of everything that they cannot do and that becomes a BECAU

Fail Fast, Fail First, Fail Often

This step seems to fly in the face of the previous two steps. To be productive, you have to be willing to fail. A lot. You cannot always judge an action as success or failure. The question becomes, is this moving me toward my idea or vision? Are you willing to fail? Are you willing to fail repeatedly?

Stay Focused Longer Than Other People Do

To increase production capacity, initiate many tries at one thing, not one try and many things. This statement does not rely on talent, rather intentionality.

Take Inventory of Skills and Resources

The key question here is are you a thermometer reflecting the surrounding temperature? Are you a thermostat that sets the surrounding temperature? At times we cave into the opinions of the crowd around us. Set your temperature in life!

Stop Doing What You Are Not Great At Doing

You will drastically increase your production capacity if you stop doing what you’re not great at and instead focus on what you do the best. Eliminate things out of your schedule anything that does not give a high return.

Tune In To Your Team Every Day

Your success is determined by those closest to you. Tune into them regularly, listen to them, take them with you, because they determine the level of success you will achieve.

Make Decisions Every Day To Move Yourself & The Team Forward

You will only reach your production capacity if you are willing to make decisions. When it comes to ethical and character issues, YES there is a right and wrong. But when it comes to productivity and achievement, there isn’t. Make quick decisions, try new things, and judge whether or not they will move you forward.

Continually Reevaluate What Could Work Better

Productive people are always working to become better and to find better ways of doing things. The importance of a future focus or long-term perspective is the most accurate single predictor of upward social and economic mobility in America.


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