A margin of success is measured by your perception of success. —MAURICE JOHNSON
Past accomplishments can fuel future accomplishments, just as past projects can fuel future projects. To keep things moving you will have to explore every nook and cranny of your imagination without questioning or second guessing yourself or your ideas.
Getting yourself and keeping yourself on a productive path will take some day-to-day planning and forethought. The less scattered your thoughts are each day, the more productive and creative your time can be. Optimize your personal productivity by getting in the habit of making a daily, Today I Intend To… check list for the following day, listing only the tasks that can realistically be accomplished within the course of one day. Make it a point to follow through with each one before moving on to the next. Something as simple as this can make a world of difference in increasing and tracking your daily productivity.
Try it for a month and watch your productivity increase tremendously. Something as simple as dropping clothes off at the cleaners, or brainstorming the logistics of a new idea, it all boils down to developing a sense of organized thought and following through to completion.
In essence, deadlines are nothing more than a series of short-term goals set with the intention of completing each one by a specified date. Once you’ve set deadlines and met them on time, your productivity will steadily increase along with your personal efficiency. You can apply the following steps to enhance your own personal productivity and meet established deadlines:
• Routinely write a list of all your current projects.
• Number the items in your list, arranging them in order of importance and including deadlines for each. (Be sure to give yourself realistic time constraints).
• Decide, (only when necessary) which projects can be deleted and continued at a later date.
• Starting with the highest-priority item, complete each one before moving to the next.
The key to meeting deadlines is not to overwhelm yourself with too many projects at once. Organization will play a critical role in your overall rate of success. Think about it. If you’re unorganized, with no established goals your personal productivity remains at a virtual standstill. It’s about the most damning thing you could do to your overall personal progress.
Maurice Johnson shares insight on transforming one’s self from a dreamer to a doer, and the correlation between success and motivation throughout the process.
THE POWER OF TRYING speaks to those who desire a greater sense of self-actualization, inspiration and personal achievement.
Just like most other books I’ve written, I wrote THE POWER OF TRYING because I live some aspect of it every single day. True, the title pretty well defines me, and as you read it, you’ll get a better glimpse of who I am and what drives me. That being said, I’m often in the company of someone struggling with a goal, aspiration or idea that’s been deterred by fear, a lack of knowledge, resources, confidence, sheer motivation or a host of other things. THE POWER OF TRYING, Finding Your Success encompasses all of these. In the midst of adversity and self-doubt, the fire that burns within you is sometimes the only thing that will carry you through.
Although the bulk of my previous books center around aspects of music and performance as a business, at their core the message is firmly steeped in motivation, encouragement and advocacy. This book, devoid of music and related business connotations was inspired by the very same core principles and concepts surrounding motivation, encouragement and advocacy. Needless to say, the target audience is vastly general and quite broad, yet it was specifically written to speak directly to you. Year after year the idea has been persistently compelling and further validated as friends and acquaintances routinely offered up the suggestion, so here it is. I’ve done many things over the years and from the standpoint of motivation, I knew it was time to share my insights and experiences. So many times someone would say, “Maurice, you ought to be a motivational speaker, marketing consultant or teach a course.” It’s always flattering and encouraging to hear, but I guess in a way, I’ve been and done them all. Unofficially perhaps, but to those who needed it at the time, I played the role.
Conviction, passion and exuberance was the typical tone of my dialogue during each of these one-on-one mentoring moments. It was the accumulation of ambitious endeavors, past achievements and a stream of isolated impromptu sessions I’ve conducted over the years that convinced me to write this book. In the back of my mind I keep telling myself, there has to be something to this, a connection. Not only do mentoring experiences occur over and over again, but I enjoy them just as much as playing guitar, art or any other avid interest that grabs my attention.
As an artist, musician, dreamer and chronic multitasker at heart, every step of the way, ambition has driven me to try many new things, even small roles in film and television commercials. Can you imagine that? I would never be complacent with a status quo, mediocre lifestyle. Although my ambitions can outpace me at times, no sooner completing one project before moving to the next, on my list of unexplored challenges. It took me a while to get here—to where I am now. I view it as a clean slate of sorts. One that has nothing to do with Maurice Johnson the jazz guitarist, the artist, the writer or entrepreneur, and yet it has everything to do with all of them and more. This is for the everyday person, entrepreneur, artist, writer, musician, business minded, life-living and self-discovering dreamer in you.
THE POWER OF TRYING is my response to close friends and associates who eagerly asked me questions, listened and kept on asking over the years. THE POWER OF TRYING is for those whose reawakened zeal, new-found courage and brilliant ideas whispered to you in your dreams and screamed to you out loud in your waking hours.
THE POWER OF TRYING is about energizing your efforts and becoming empowered through self-belief and motivation. It’s about moving forward, staving off fear, self-doubt, procrastination, uncertainty and confusion.
It’s about how to find inspiration, motivation and self-worth and applying it to your day to day thinking, including personal or business endeavors, whatever they may be. THE POWER OF TRYING is about moving the ball in your court and placing the world in your favor.
For a slightly different take on this concept, you could also view it as a motivational piece that focuses on breaking through the fear of success and failure while pursuing life goals, no matter what they are. I can certainly tell you this isn’t a book about starting a business or how to bring a product to market. It’s about moving you into action and placing yourself in the pathway of opportunity, creating your own opportunities, gaining your inner strength and confidence as you build a unique timeline of new experiences and personal success milestones.
Maurice Johnson shares insight on transforming one’s self from a dreamer to a doer, and the correlation between success and motivation throughout the process. THE POWER OF TRYING speaks to those who desire a greater sense of self-actualization, inspiration and personal achievement.
I didn’t dream up this topic. It was actually spoken to me by a young mother. It was such a profound sentiment, I had to include it while writing THE POWER OF TRYING. True, motherhood comes before anything else, but it’s not all that you are. You are a woman of great substance, filled with amazing potential, who just happens to be a mother as well. Repeat that back to yourself if you need to, and let it sink in for a while. That’s what you must ALWAYS remember! Don’t let motherhood become an excuse to throw your dreams in the closet, never to be seen again. I really understand the scope and responsibilities of parenthood. Things may not move as fast as we want them to with a family in tow. Hold on to your ambitions. Pace yourself, and NEVER stop dreaming. The same goes for working fathers, young and old, or anyone barely making ends meet.
Maurice Johnson shares insight on making the transformation from a dreamer to a doer, and the correlation between success and motivation throughout the process. THE POWER OF TRYING speaks to those who desire a greater sense of self-actualization, inspiration and personal achievement.
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