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24 Things Highly Motivated People Do Differently

24 Things Highly Motivated People Do Differently

Highly motivated people are always ahead, achieving extraordinary results and amazing regular folks. The fact is, the strong motivation they possess isn’t a gift but a skill. Even if you are a lazy procrastinator, through a gradual progress you can eventually become the person of action.

This article shows you how, through emphasizing what highly motivated people have in common.

1. They work on their goals no matter what.

Ignoring countless excuses, even the most reasonable ones is what these people practice on a daily basis. Whether it’s rainy and cold, they are thirsty, hungry or exhausted, a motivated individual sets the goals as a top priority staying deaf to negative self-talk and rationalization.

2. They don’t rely purely on motivation.

Opposed to misconceptions, they don’t lean only on motivation. If you depend completely on it, you are in troubles once its levels hit rock bottom. Achievers practice self-discipline and train their willpower to get the best results.

3. They focus on the long-term perspective.

Things worth having in life are ones you can’t get instantly. Motivated people prefer long-term reward over quick gratification. That’s why they’ll always hit the gym while regular folks waste their time on social media.

4. They use failure as an indicator of being closer to their goals.

Failure is an inseparable part of success. One does not exist without the other. Hard-working people know that every time they attempt achieving their goal, they risk failure. The fact is, however, each try brings them one step closer to their goals.

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5. They separate themselves from negative energy and thoughts.

Negative thoughts can ruin your ability to focus on your priorities. Instead, you lose motivation, doubt your skills and get off the track. Successful people know how to handle negative energy and separate themselves from its impact.

6. They truly believe in themselves.

Deep self-belief is what helps them to go through the times of lowest motivation levels and frequent negative thoughts.

Do you need reasons to believe in yourself? Here are 7 powerful reasons to finally believe in yourself.

7. They embrace life-long learning.

Achievers are life-long learners and they commit to becoming wiser day after day. By doing this, they ensure every new obstacle is easier to overcome.

8. They surround themselves with other highly motivated people.

Your surroundings have a colossal impact on yourself, whether you believe it or not. Spend most of your time with like-minded people to get inspired and learn from them, instead of going downhill around naysayers and haters.

9. They repeat positive affirmations.

If your mind bombards you with negative thoughts, don’t worry, it’s natural! It doesn’t want you to do uncomfortable stuff so it spares no effort to convince you that you can’t. To overcome that, motivated people repeat positive affirmations whenever they feel like giving up.

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These 7 empowering affirmations help you become mentally strong.

10. They embrace discomfort.

Feeling uncomfortable is a sign of a change. Oftentimes, it’s a change for better. For instance, working out while you are tired after work or school isn’t pleasant, but the results afterward are worth the effort.

11. They welcome challenges with open arms.

By constantly challenging themselves, motivated people learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Each challenge is an invaluable life lesson which they look forward to.

12. They take care of their health day in and day out.

High achievers cover every aspect of their health, whether it’s physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual or social, they ensure to cherish every aspect of their health so they can perform at the highest level.

13. They enjoy the journey.

“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” – Drake

When they fail to reach their goals over and over again, highly motivated people find joy in the journey they took and the lessons they learned.

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14. They ignore other people’s limitations.

The crowd questions the abilities of people who stick out and try something exceptional. To become highly motivated, you need to treat other people’s maximum as your warm up.

15. They ignore other people’s approval.

Whereas ordinary folks pay attention to others’ opinions, motivated people don’t let anyone’s disapproval stop them from reaching their goals.

16. They listen to motivational music.

Instead of crying over sad songs, they choose music that serves as a driving force.

17. They have a powerful morning routine.

The moment you wake up is the moment you start making your dreams become a reality. Adapting morning habits of successful people definitely accelerates the process.

18. They remove potential distractions and barriers.

Being aware of their weaknesses, motivated people get rid of things which could complicate their lives and interfere with their goals. Thereby, they are less likely to respond to urges and lose control.

19. They set specific goals and plan strategically.

High achievers set clear goals and prepare the strategy to accomplish them. Each action is planned and has a purpose, there’s no wandering.

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20. They invest in themselves.

The truth is, you are your greatest asset, so every dollar you invest in self-improvement, whether it’s in books, seminars, coaching or events, is a money well spent.

21. They take full responsibility.

If you want to achieve something, you have to truly believe that everything that separates you from the goal is within your control. Rather than blaming external factors, motivated people accept complete responsibility for their lives.

22. They devote full attention to their habits.

Your habits form your future, so it’s worth paying attention to the tasks you do repeatedly. To improve, motivated people adopt healthy habits and get rid of the toxic ones.

23. They know when to say no and do it often.

Saying no to distractions is required so you can say yes to your dreams and passions. Motivated people understand that most issues are things you don’t need to say yes to. The fact is, quitting most things is obligatory so you can focus on the ones that really matter.

24. They are happy with the success of others.

Others’ achievements serve them as a great source of motivation and prove that accomplishing remarkable goals is within anyone’s reach. There’s no jealousy or resentment!

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How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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