Discover Thomas Jefferson’s Productivity Secret

June 12th, 2014

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Thomas Jefferson: an American Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. Although it would be difficult for any mere mortal to compete with his resume, wouldn’t you like to know how President Jefferson accomplished so much?

Even if you had just a fraction of his success secret, imagine how much more you could achieve each day, week, month, and year! The compound effect in all areas of your life and work would create out-of-this-world results – more fulfillment and meaning, more wealth, and more free time.

The Big Reveal

Lucky for us, Thomas Jefferson was more than happy to share the key to his success. He explained: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on Earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

Human beings have a strong mind-body connection, and as such, your thoughts channel real power to help you win – or fail – at the game of life. Consequently, when you are plagued by negative thoughts, you often produce negative results, and when you focus on positive energy and beliefs, you often produce positive outcomes.

This effect touches every decision you make, whether it’s something small like how you answer an email or something large like how you plan and complete a project.

The Ins & Outs

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you should assume an exaggerated Pollyanna mentality or ignore uncomfortable situations that may come your way. It simply means that you make conscious choices to face your realities in a more optimistic and productive manner.

Here are five popular ways to adjust your mindset for success – without stopping your day:

1 – Visioning
Visioning requires that, when thinking about outcomes, you set a positive intention. It’s crucial to make the visualization a total body experience, imagining each scenario with all five senses.

2 – Conditioning
Conditioning involves training your mind to focus on the good, better, best. Build up your think-positive muscles with Focus@Will, which uses neuroscience to boost your attention span up to 400%.

3 – Reframing
Reframing permits you to view a particular situation through a different lens in order to create a new result. After all, you deserve a better story.

4 – Editing
Editing bleeps out the Debby Downers around you, whether that is a source (news alert), a person (co-worker), or a thing (desk clutter). Get a regular dose of Daily Good to balance your yin-yang energies.

5 – Meditating
Meditating calms your mind and allows your body to relax. Too woo-woo for you? Consider this: The Seattle Seahawks leveraged daily mediation in their training into a Super Bowl win.

The Bottom Line

Your thoughts set the tone for each project you do and decision you make. A highly productive person recognizes that thinking positively can be the difference between making things happen and making things halt.

So…how can you change your attitude today, and directly impact your productivity and ability to “get stuff done”? I’d love to find out! Please share your thoughts, experiences, ideas, and other comments below.

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.