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Workaholics Anonymous—A 12-Step Program of Recovery and Personal Transformation (Step 1)

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on January 13th, 2009 by Darren Hardy – Comments Off

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In my last blog post (read here) I took a major step in making this my best year ever: I admitted that I’m a workaholic in need of intervention. I know many of you out there are like me—in constant motion but never quite able to move beyond relative success.

So, as promised, I’m going to share what I have learned from the super-achievers I’ve interviewed in SUCCESS over the past year. I’ve outlined 12 Steps for changing those behaviors that block our creative juices and stifle our potential. This week, we’re going to focus on putting a stop to the little things that keep us from achieving our big goals in life.

STEP 1: Make a STOP-Doing List

We all have our to-do lists, those sometimes endless tasks that we believe, when finished, will shoot us into the stratosphere of success. However, have you noticed that while you check some tasks off, the list keeps growing? Your work days get longer, your time with family dwindles, and you find that even though you are in constant motion, you’re really standing still.

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Hi. My Name is Darren Hardy and I am an Addict.

Posted in Workaholics Anonymous on January 6th, 2009 by Darren Hardy –

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My 12-Step Program to Recovery and Life Revival

I am a card-carrying workaholic. Don’t get me wrong; I love to work – that’s my problem. I have discovered that my addiction to work is actually costing me achievement. I have recently had some insights into superachievement—several behaviors that separate the hardworking, ambitious-minded person from the superachiever.

Over the past year I have interviewed some of today’s greatest achievers for SUCCESS—Donald Trump, Richard Branson, Maria Shriver, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Arnold Palmer, Tony Hawk, John Wooden and Colin Powell. I discovered that I work longer and harder than all of them, but they have much bigger results! They also have more joy, freedom and personal peace than I do. I realized something is wrong here, and that I needed to figure it out.

I spent much of the holiday break thinking about what it will take to make 2009 my best year ever—not just incremental improvements, but quantum leaps in many areas of my life. I knew I would be going through my traditional goal-planning process (Design Your Best Year Ever) on New Year’s Day, but before I set specific goals, I needed to figure out the gap between these superachievers and me.

On December 31 I read more »