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12 Things A Boy Scout Can Teach You About Being Successful

12 Things A Boy Scout Can Teach You About Being Successful

For 105 years the Boy Scouts of America have been teaching boys and young men how to be successful citizens and the best they can be in both their personal and professional life. Sadly, many people think these principles are only meant for boys and young men and do not apply to the rest of us.  These basic principles of success and better living will attract anyone who is looking to get the most out of their life and to improve the world they live in.

The 12 key principles, known as The Scout Law, are simple to understand and easy to follow.  It is something that everyone we know can and should do to make our world a better place.

People are looking for the keys to be successful in life.  They read books, go to seminars and attend classes (all of which are great things to do), but they sometimes miss the things that have been around for ages and have a proven track record. You do not have to be a Boy Scout to appreciate and benefit from the Scout Law.

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Here are the 12 things that we can learn about success from a Boy Scout

1. The Importance of being trustworthy

No one likes dealing with a person who is dishonest. Even criminals expect those they work with to be honest with them. A trustworthy person is a person who you can believe and trust. They are a man or woman of their word and when they have a job to do you know they will do it to the best of their ability. In business and in our personal life, those who can be trusted are valued and sought after.

2. The importance of being loyal

Loyalty is a word that is not used much anymore and has lost some of its meaning. A loyal friend, companion or employee is one that is held on to. This is a quality that displays dependability; one who will not betray or misuse relationships in any way. A success-minded person will always show loyalty to whom loyalty is due. Their honor and dedication is never in question.

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3. The importance of being helpful

In a world of “me first” and “this is not my job”, the helpful person is treasured. Helpful people seek out ways they can help others. They are success-minded people who think of others before they think of themselves. Helpfulness does not look for a reward or to benefit from the service they offer. They do it because it is needed, no other reason. If you want to find success in this world, be helpful in every way you can. It will come back to you.

4. The importance of being friendly

Have you ever met a truly friendly person? They can light up a room and make everyone in it feel important. Being friendly is not something you are either born with or without, it is a choice you make every day. It starts with the knowledge that everyone you meet has something they can teach you and you have something to make their day better. You are important to them as they are to you. Friendliness is easy to develop. A smile, a kind word and a desire to please all other people is all that is needed and you too can make the world a better place.

5. The importance of being courteous

There was a time when everyone was expected to show good manners. Now, many think of manners as old fashion or unnecessary. Success-minded people understand that good manners will open more doors to you than education, wealth or talent ever will. Good manners are not just please and thank you, or what fork to use and where to place your napkin. Good manners are simply treating others with respect and kindness. Good manners require us to think of others first and treat them as we wish to be treated by them.

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6. The importance of being kind

Mark Twain said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Of all the principles of a successful life, nothing will bring you greater success in all areas and a deeper joy than kindness. Kindness is a quality that we all desire to receive and should all desire to give. Kindness removes hurtful words and actions, it calms anger and can turn all things in your favor. Nothing speaks of a successful person like kindness.

7. The importance of being obedient

To be obedient does not mean you follow blindly and never question what you are told. Success-minded people understand that rules are there for a reason (and that reason is not to break them). To be obedient simply means that you will follow the rules, or the laws that you are given. We all have rules at work, at home and in our communities. If a rule or law is unfair, unnecessary or immoral, the obedient person does what is needed to change that rule or law in an orderly and peaceful manner.

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8. The importance of being cheerful

If you have two people who have the same qualifications for a job and the same level of ability, however, one is grumpy and complains all the time and the other is cheerful and positive, who will you hire? The positive, cheerful person gets the job every time. Cheerfulness, like friendliness, is a choice we make, not a talent we are born with. No one likes to be around an unpleasant grump. Keep positive and cheerful and not only will others want you around, but you will feel better as well.

9. The importance of being thrifty

To be thrifty is more than just the ability to save money and not over spend. Thrifty people have a respect for property, their own and that of others. They know that waste is never a good thing and they do their best to care for what they have and to respect the use of what belongs to others. Whether at work, home or out in the community, a thrifty person will not destroy things, vandalize or leave their trash where it does not belong.

10. The importance of being brave

The world is in great need for those who are brave. The brave person will stand for what they know is right, no matter who or what tells them differently. It takes a brave person to believe that there is right and wrong in this world. That good and evil do exist and the brave person will always stand for that which is good and right. Compromise is not part of the life of the brave. They know at times they will stand alone, but they will stand all the same. These are the people who will do what is right, just because it is the right things to do.

11. The importance of being clean

Success-minded people know that there is more to being clean than what you do with soap and water. They know that dress matters. You will not achieve the respect or success you desire if you go around looking like someone pulled out from under the bed. There is a reason why sloppy people, in their dress and their lives, do not find success. If you don’t care about you, how can you care about anything else?

12. The importance of being reverent

Here is where people tend to feel that someone is stepping on their toes. Many do not like it when others talk to them about spiritual things. Success-minded people know that our spiritual awareness is an important part of who we are as people. The person who understands reverence can respect the beliefs, not only in others but also in themselves. They know that they can allow others to believe as they wish and see how their beliefs will effect what they do. They also are willing to honor their own beliefs and not do things that are contrary to them.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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