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50 Simple Things You Can Do To Be A Real Leader

50 Simple Things You Can Do To Be A Real Leader

Everyday is a struggle and to shine personally and professionally, you need to spend time in building your personality, step by step. Deep inside, everyone has some unique traits and qualities that would make him or her really stand out, and it is all about discovering that special quality that would let you excel, out perform and eventually, make people look up to you. Being a leader isn’t about hierarchy or even about being the face of something, it is more to do with how you feel inside and how people perceive you as an individual. Everything else, be it the name, fame or even the aura, come in later. So here are 50 simple things you can do to be a real leader.

1. Make Mistakes: As crazy at it sounds, leaders aren’t born as they say, they are made. And you can only learn when you make mistakes. This is the first step towards being a leader, to know that it is okay if you’ve made a mistake.

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    2. Don’t Make The Same Mistake Twice: Just as important as making mistakes is the fact that you shouldn’t make the same mistake twice. If something you know hasn’t worked out, try it differently and keep learning.

    3. It Is Okay To Ask: It is okay to ask if you aren’t getting something right. Share your thoughts and try to learn from people who do it better.

    4. Share Your Fears: There is nothing wrong in sharing your fears with friends, family or colleagues. It will make them understand you better and may be give everyone an opportunity to sit together and find solutions.

    5. Be Honest: You’ve to be honest in everything, with everybody including yourself. Don’t cheat yourself or others intentionally or unintentionally because in the long run, you will be ruining your chances of being a real leader.

    6. Work On Yourself, Everyday: You’ve go to work on yourself – the way you are, how you work and even how you interact with people at home or at office. It is a never-ending process but do it everyday, be aware of the rights and the not-so-rights you’ve done the previous day and try to correct.

    7. Be On Time: This is one trait that is common amongst all men and women who’ve made it big in life. You have to be on time, every time.

    8. Be Fearless: It could be in dealing with trouble at work or standing up for what is right; you have to learn to be fearless, and it doesn’t happen in right away. It will take years before you think of yourself as absolutely fearless, but like everything else, start today.

    9. Respect Everyone: There are no small and big people in this world. Everyone is the same and everyone deserves the same amount of respect. Treat younger people with just as much respect as you would treat older or more experienced ones in life.

    10. Keep a Tab On Expenses: A leader is one who doesn’t go unprepared, it could be a meeting or a holiday or just going out for work, but keeping a tab on your daily spends will always let you be in control over your money. Never being in need of personal support, financially or otherwise, is a virtue every leader inculcates.

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    11. Know Yourself: Ask yourself this question every day, and find new answers to rediscover yourself. It helps to know what you really are, deep inside.

    12. Hear People Out: Listen to people like a pro, they could be bashing you, praising you or just sharing their feelings but it is always important to listen, and to let others think of you as a great listener.

    13. Talk Softly: Talk softly, you don’t need to shout to let people hear you out. Talk sense and over time, they will start listening to you; you don’t need to be aggressive in your expressions, you just need to be aggressive in your thoughts.

    14. Find A Purpose: Know exactly why you are doing something or doing it in a certain way. Find a purpose in everything you do, don’t waste time on something that’s not really helping you grow as an individual.

    15. Love Yourself: It isn’t like being self-centered, but  to understand yourself and make people like you for what you are. It only happens if you completely understand and love who you really are and then you will be able to respect people as they are, igniting a cycle that will come back to you in a million pleasant ways.

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      16. Don’t Flinch: If you’ve a great idea or a view you think people should hear about, just do it. Don’t think about the consequences if you think what you are doing is the right thing.

      17. Remember To Notice and Wish: You don’t have to remember their names, but nod when you make an eye contact and say ‘hello’ when you walk by. It could be the doorman, the driver or a colleague or somebody from the apartment; make people smile or at least acknowledge every time they see you.

      18. Be A Sport: Take things sportively, don’t make a fuss when there is no need to. People like people who don’t take silly things to heart and you can be that person who’s always a sport.

      19. Multi-Task: Learn to juggle between things, projects and professional and personal life. It is very important that you don’t mix up things but it is also important to multi-task.

      20. Learn New Things: It is important to hone your skills as much as it is necessary to learn new stuff. Always keep learning, even if it is something as simple as how to cook a new recipe.

      21. Be Dynamic: Don’t give your mind the scope to decide on your abilities and create mental boundaries. Always be dynamic, never stagnate – mentally, physically or psychologically.

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        22. Think Like A Winner: Fight daily battles like a winner, tackle problems thinking you’re already going to solve. It helps to be positive and imagining yourself as a winner will make even uphill tasks easy to pass.

        23. Don’t Be Over-Confident: It isn’t a contradiction to thinking like a winner, thinking is different from considering yourself as a winner already. That’s all the difference there is between confidence and over-confidence.

        24. Make Friends: Make friends everywhere, these are the ones who will support you in times of need. But as they say, help without expectations and friends will follow.

        25. Never Consider Anyone Your Enemy: As much as it is important to make friends, it is also important to not have enemies or people who hate you. Haters will hate, but don’t consider them as your enemies and never give fodder to that line of thought.

        26. Give People Credit: Give people their due credit, it could be your wife or your colleague or anybody. Don’t take credit for something that technically could be yours but morally isn’t.

        27. Give Them A Chance: Give people a chance, everyone eventually learns. So be as patient as you can and they’ll be grateful forever (hopefully) but that shouldn’t matter; just give a person a chance to correct their mistakes.

        28. Empathize: Have empathy towards everything in life. This makes you a more mature person and slowly even the coldest hearts will have a soft spot for you because you’ve shown them what it is to empathize.

        29. Be Stern: You can give them a chance or two but don’t let people take you for granted. Be stern in your actions and stick to your ground, whether its a promise you’ve made or a deadline you’ve set.

        30. Plan Everything: Plan everything, your day, your career and how you want life to be. Things rarely go the way we want, but it is important to have a plan and try to stick as closely to it as possible.

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          31. Know Your Responsibilities: It is necessary to know what people expect you to do and then match them with what your responsibilities really are. Don’t take undue pressure but when you know what’s really your job, get cracking!

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          32. Know Your Rights: As much as it is needed to know your responsibilities, it is critical know your rights – as an employee at work, as a citizen in the country or as a wife or a husband in the family. Know what you rightfully deserve and don’t let anyone take them away from you.

          33. Don’t Judge: Don’t judge anything or anyone too soon. In fact, don’t judge at all. Take things and people and their quirky traits as they are. What matters is to be a good person in everyone’s minds by really trying to be one, and they will start looking up to you.

          34. Be Your Biggest Critic: Don’t wait for someone to point it out; if you’ve made a misstep somewhere, realize it, make a mental note, and correct it ASAP.

          35. Maintain Dignity: You will not be respected if you are not dignified, in your expressions and in your silence too. So always maintain dignity whatever the situation is.

          36. Don’t Get Personal: Don’t get personal, in your critique or when you are criticised. Keep a distance and realise the importance of not doing anything subconsciously.

          37. Take It Slow: Don’t rush into anything, be it in a discussion or an argument, a decision or a reaction; take it slow. Think of the consequences before you act.

          38. Sleep Well: It is important that your mind and your body gets enough rest. This will make you think better and act quicker, so always sleep well.

          39. Take A Break: All work and no play makes you go crazy. Take a break, or even better have a regular holiday schedule. See new places, chill, travel, and have a good time. You need to be happy about your life if you really want to make it big.

          40. Avoid Conflicts: It isn’t like showdowns or difference of opinions never happen; they will and they can get ugly at times too. See to it that there isn’t much collateral damage and try to avoid conflicts as much as you can.

          41. Be A Little Crazy: It helps to let go of inhibitions sometimes. Relax, chill out and be crazy – some things aren’t logical but could be the best experiences. Go after that big deal you’ve wanted to have a shot at, take your girlfriend or boyfriend on an exotic holiday, spend time with your kids, or do something that makes you feel like a child with wings.

          42. Happy To Help: It doesn’t come naturally to all, but adopt the habit of helping. It makes you happy and it is always the right thing to do. Always be happy to help.

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          43. Believe In A Social Cause: Believe in a social cause that is close to your heart, support it and work towards making the world a better place. You don’t have to do it all, but start with that one thing that always bothered you and one that you wanted to work on, like teaching underprivileged kids or even helping the retired couple down the street with their groceries every weekend.

          44. Solve Problems: This isn’t a shot in the air, this is something very specific. There are many issues all around, try to solve one at a time or at least try and build a team or a group that can solve it. Could be something as simple as adopting street dogs in your neighbourhood. But at the end of the day, you should be solving something and making your day better.

          45. Apologize When You Need To: This is probably the hardest, but this is a quality that actually would redefine your personality. Be it your partner or your postman, say ‘sorry’ if you’ve messed up or hurt them in some way. It is probably the most surest way to gain respect in the long run; so start today.

          46. Give Up A Bad Habit: It isn’t just about smoking or something external, it could even be something internal, like losing your temper easily. Give up a bad habit and that will drive you to bettering yourself by giving up another. And along the way, you are sure to impress and inspire people around you.

          47. Stay Fit: This is not about looking lean or having a six-pack, it is more about being fit, having a healthy body and an active mind. And being fit would mean that you are disciplined, as you have to make time for yourself and hence, another reason for people to be inspired.

          48. Read Everyday: You don’t need to be a bookworm but set aside time to read everyday. Reading is the only way you can learn new things, gain knowledge and develop a perspective. It could be the newspapers, magazines or anything else. It could be an article like this one too, just keep reading, every day.

          49. Thank People: Thank people for all that they’ve done for you. It is a small courtesy that doesn’t cost a thing but is probably the nicest way into people’s memory. Remember to thank!

          50. Keep Moving: Keep moving, never stay at one place, never stagnate mentally. It could be at a job, at a place, in a city or a bad relationship; always keep moving if you feel there is scope to improve. Get out of your comfort zone and you sure will be a better person.

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            Read it all? Now the hard part is putting it in practice. Try your best and we are sure you’ll be writing your success story very soon!

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            7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

            7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

            How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

            If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

            Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

            So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

            1. Meditate

            We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

            Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

            Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

            Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

            Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

            If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

            And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

            2. Get plenty of sleep

            If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

            If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

            How much sleep should you be getting?

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            Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

            Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

            Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

            Yes, there are.

            Try these three things:

            • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
            • Don’t eat too late
            • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

            Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

            However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

            3. Challenge your brain

            When was the last time you challenged your brain?

            I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

            To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

            Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

            There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

            • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
            • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
            • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

            If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

            Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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            4. Take more breaks

            When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

            At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

            However, I was wrong.

            Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

            Let me explain.

            Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

            Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

            It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

            It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

            What’s the answer?

            Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

            If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

            5. Learn a new skill

            I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

            “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

            From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

            Let me give you an example of this:

            Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

            Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

            The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

            Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

            Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

            6. Start working out

            If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

            Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

            Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

            “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

            Not a problem.

            A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

            Interested in getting started?

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            Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

            • Join a gym
            • Join a sports team
            • Buy a bike
            • Take up hiking
            • Dance to your favorite music

            7. Eat healthier foods

            I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

            This applies to your brain too.

            The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

            Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

            Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

            Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

            • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
            • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
            • Nuts – improves memory
            • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
            • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

            Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

            Final thoughts

            I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

            You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

            But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

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