The Power Of Certainty And Why You Need It

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Recently my productivity had been down spiralling. Even though I was aware of it, I found it hard to bring myself back into taking massive action. This led me to search for answers within myself.

I did a lot of reflection upon my action and thoughts and I found that productivity stem from the feeling of certainty. There are a bunch of techniques that can help us to double our productivity but without the feeling of certainty, we will not be able to take consistent action to bring in massive results.

Why Do You Need Certainty?

I am in the internet marketing industry and I had tried various ways to make money online. However not 100% of them works for me. There are some methods that make me more money than the other.

Nowadays I procrastinate a lot on my projects because they don’t seem to be earning much income. I don’t used to be like that. I used to wake up every morning excited and start to do the tasks that are most important to my internet business.

So what is the reason for my dip in productivity? Is it because I am lazy or I’m just plain tired? The answer is no! My productivity dip is not due to laziness or just feeling tired. It is because I lack the feeling of certainty that my projects will give me enough rewards (make money) to justify myself to take action.

When you are certain about something, most probably you will put in more effort into it because you know you will be rewarded. But if you are not certain of the results, most probably you will put in minimal effort and give up immediately when you encountered obstacles. Think about it. How much effort will you put in when you know that you are bound to fail?

When you think that what you are going to do will not work, your thoughts will contradict your action. You will want to take action and move forward but your mind keep on thinking about how things are not going to work out and you take a few steps back. Without congruent action and thoughts, you will find it a struggle to take consistent action.

How I Recover From My Dip In Productivity

My reflection helps me to discover that the feeling of certainty is needed in order for me to start being productive again. I need to get back the feeling of certainty that those projects will work in order to help instil a strong positive belief. With the strong belief that things will work out, my thoughts and action are both congruent again.

This result in my willingness to put more effort into my projects and taking consistent action doesn’t seems to be a problem anymore.

If you are suffering from a dip in productivity or find it hard to take action, reflect upon yourself and find out whether your thoughts are holding you back? Do you believe in what you are doing? If you are not, most probably you are moving back and forth and staying in the same spot.

Remember this, you are not running at your fastest speed when you are taking 3 steps forward and 2 steps back. Congruent thoughts and action can help you to move forward at a much faster pace than you can probably imagine.

To your success,
Vincent


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11 Responses to “The Power Of Certainty And Why You Need It”

  1. Hey Vincent,

    I agree with you that certainty is the mandatory criteria that will see you through your obstacles.

    If you are certain about what you are doing and what you want to achieve then this thing will make you reach the apex, because the certainty and sticking to one thing at one time approach will lead you to be more enthusiastic toward your work.

    In a nutshell certainty evolves the core urge to move forward.

  2. Briefcases says:

    What if we get stuck in a situation where there is no certainty? After months of working on something it can start to feel like your efforts are not worthwhile. In your heart you may think your efforts are worth it, but without some kind of certainty you are left doubting yourself

  3. Vincent says:

    Hi Oscar,

    Yeah. I’m back on track. 🙂

    Hi Diggy,

    Doing too many projects will spread our focus too thin. I took a break and now I’m back in action.

    Hi Dimitar Nikolov,

    I had read the book too and it is a great read! Quitting isn’t really a solution and I do agree it will waste all the effort put in previously.

    Hi Walter,

    Focusing at doing what we can do best at the present means that we will not dwell in the fast or drift to the future. We have no control over both future and the past and staying present is the way to go. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Vincent

  4. Walter says:

    The first thing we need to focus on is not the price but our goal. If we distract ourselves from immediate results it is likely we will get a dip in productivity. Do your best and your desired result will manifest. 🙂

  5. Maintain continuously our productivity very hard, i accept this also happens with my self and sometime become very difficult to bring back our productivity, i was read your ‘double you -productivity’ post quite helpful to push our self as before.

  6. Greg says:

    Finding motivation amongst uncertainty is a real challenge. Especially in today’s economic environment. Unfortunately, once a lack of motivation sets in, it can be very difficult to root out.

    The truth is, in this environment, we need even more motivation to keep at it. Sounds like you’re back on track!

  7. Seth Godin wrote a whole book on the topic called The Dip. Sooner or later, our motivation comes to an end and we must either find a way to renew it and keep on going or just quit before we’ve wasted more efforts and precious time.

    Certainty is hard to achieve, but we must have it if we want to succeed.

    All the best,
    Dimitar Nikolov

  8. Hey Vincent,

    I have the same thing, don’t worry! I think it’s a phase all internet marketers go through. With me the biggest effort is SEO and writing articles for links and promotions, I get tired of it after a while, but I just push through because I know it’s neccessary, so I try to write to articles for links a day. I have made it a habit to just put a cool song on repeat for 30-45 minutes and get those two articles done.

    I’ve also just eliminated projects I dont really want to pursue and cut it down to just 3 things I want to pay attention to, and one of them is my blog. All other sites and domains and things I started I am selling off, there is no point in doing 20 things at once:)

    Just don’t give up, take a break for a few days if you need to , where you dont touch your projects at all, but then come back with renewed energy 🙂

    Cheers
    Diggy

  9. ATV for Sale says:

    I can definitely relate to this post. I am in a very similar situation. The recession hit my own websites pretty hard. So I have been very hesitant to put much effort into them. It is the lack of certainty that is the driving force behind my lack of motivation. Still I’m not quite sure how to change my mindset when things are not going well.

  10. Karlil says:

    I hear you Vincent. I’ve been there before. Certainty is definitely important to encourage action. When you lack of it, it makes the action something pointless to work and commit on. I’m glad you’re back in action.

  11. Great article Vincent, I think what you are talking is directly related to lack of motivation. Good to see your back to your original status.