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Identify Constraints

Success people do no wait to act on their goals. They motivate and pressure themselves rather than wait for someone else to come along and do it.

There are obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your goals.  The most efficient way to increase productivity is to identify and conquer these restraints.

You want to figure out what is holding you back and what your “limiting factors” are because they determine how quickly and well you get your task done.

Remember the 80/20 Rule? Well, it also applies to the constraints in your life and in your work.

80% of the constraints are internal while 20% of the limiting factors are external.  These internal constraints could be character traits, competencies, habits or even beliefs.

Often a key constraint or limiting factor is the most important frog you could eat at that moment.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but no one did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Imagine what you may find once you remove your constraints!

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