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7 Habits You Should Learn From Successful People

7 Habits You Should Learn From Successful People

According to Winston Churchill, “Success is ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Many people who want to be successful think that success happens accidentally and they lose connection with the fact that it takes individual consistency and persistence to reach goals.

Steven Spielberg, a world- renowned filmmaker, was met with rejection by the University Of Southern California School Of Cinematic Arts multiple times- while Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected by 27 different publishers.

But today we consider these people successful. Success is more about routine than moments of chance. Here are some of the habits that have helped highly successful people to achieve their goals:

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They work hard

“I have always believed that if you put in the work results will come” – Michael Jordan

To be successful you have to forget about those empty get-rich-quick stories. You have to focus on what will truly make you successful, and that is hard work. You have to put in the hours and the toil before you meet success. Persistence, discipline, and a willingness to work hard takes you to many places you otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach.

They plan

“Take your time in deciding what opportunity to pursue and then pursue it like a crazed pack of wolves.” – Neal Goldman, CEO and founder of RelSci

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Famous people like Eminem and J.K Rowling keep a journal to remind them of their progress and keep track of where they are in relation to their goals. You have to have a strategy that will keep you going and illuminate how to reach your destination.

They take action and don’t procrastinate

“We could either watch it happen, or be a part of it.” – Elon Musk

Dreaming and thinking, without execution, will not take you anywhere. Successful people have mastered the habit of taking action. Sometimes they do so boldly- even before they feel fully ready or emotionally prepared.

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They have clear goals

They know where they want to be and they focus on this. They don’t dilly-dally or try chasing multiple things at once. No, they focus on goals that they know are attainable within a realistic time-frame. This methodical approach encourages them to build the mental toughness that reaching their desired destination requires.

They take risks

“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed. You only have to be right once. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all.” – Mark Cuban

Why take risks? Well, successful people would rather risk success than conceal their intentions and ambitions by only dreaming about their ideas. Successful people are willing to fail. They don’t mind this because they know that they will gain experience in the process. They also know that it is possible to fail forward. They consider this preferable to acting cowardly and not taking any risks at all.

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They read a lot

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

Not every person that reads a lot is a leader. But every leader is a reader. You can’t really attain your goals if you do not learn or take the time to study. Successful people read and broaden their horizons through this habit. They also know the importance of acquiring knowledge through learning about the experiences of others.

They do what they are passionate about

“Do not do things because someone else succeeded while doing them; create your own path. It’s far more fun.” – Karim Abouelnaga, CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, Inc.

Every successful person is passionate about their particular craft, field, or talent. They don’t do it simply because of the money. Rather they do it because of the love they have for it, and the joy it provides them. Because of this, they make sure that their daily habits are centered on activities that will bring out the best in them- and drive them further towards success, in the process.

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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