We live in a world where it seems like everything is moving at lightening speed…and getting faster.  We have more to do, and seemingly, less time to get it all done.  With that in mind, most of us are looking to be more productive.  We don’t need to be more busy.  We need to get more done.  That need to get more done (and be more happy) is the inspiration behind the series START & STOP!

Each time on START & STOP, I give viewers and listeners one thing they should start doing and one thing they should stop if they want to be more productive.  On this episode we tackle the topic of Gratitude and Excuses.

START a Habit of Gratitude

We have a formula backwards in our culture today.  We think that if we work hard and achieve success, then we will be happy.  Studies will tell you that is not true.  Instead, if you are happy and you work hard, you are more likely to succeed.  But how can you “be happy?”  The answer is simple.  Be grateful.  You cannot be grateful and negative at the same time!  In order to start being more grateful, start a 30 day gratitude challenge.  Every day, send one thank you note to someone.  At first it will be easy.  But as time goes on, you will have to start looking for reasons to be thankful.  As you look for it, you will start to see more good in the world.  It’s a powerful exercise (even if you have already done it).  If you want to be more productive, start a habit of gratitude!

STOP Making Excuses

This week I want encourage you to STOP making excuses.  It’s time to take responsibility for every thing in your life!  If something goes wrong, assume it’s your fault.  This is not about playing the martyr.  It’s about looking at every challenge as a chance to learn and grow.  When you take responsibility for everything, it can be very empowering.  If you want to be more productive (and happy), stop making excuses.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.