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Doing These 7 Things Can Skyrocket Your Success

Doing These 7 Things Can Skyrocket Your Success
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Are you ready to be more successful? Try the following tips for more success in your life. These strategies have greatly helped me and I hope you they can do the same for you.

1. Define success on your terms

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, success is “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame” or a “favorable or desired outcome.”

It is very important to define success on your terms. Do you desire wealth, respect, or to be well-known? Deciding what you’re aiming for will allow you to start planning how to get there. Defining success on your terms, and working toward what truly matters to you, can help you live a more fulfilling life.

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2. Find the sweet spot where your strengths and passions collide

Having passion is awesome, and it’s great when you discover the sweet spot where your strengths and passions collide. When you do what lights you up, and it aligns with your innate strengths, you can greatly increase your success. If you’re not sure what your passion is, check out this free workbook. Having passion for what you’re doing will help you persevere when times are tough.

3. Work on your mindset

Having an amazing mindset can help you make huge strides toward success. Start paying attention to your thoughts. Are they encouraging and uplifting, or do you speak to yourself harshly? Envision the life you desire living, even if it’s very different than your current life. Establishing a clear vision of what you want to achieve, and believing it’s really possible for you, can help you blaze your trail to success.

 4. Write down your goals

One of my favorite life hacks is writing down my goals. At the end of each year, I set aside time to write my goals for the next year. I set big, specific goals that are measurable, and then I break them down into smaller goals so I know exactly what I need to accomplish each day to stay on track. Writing down your goals will take some time, but this habit can drastically increase your success.

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5. Tell your time where to go

If you don’t tell your time where to go, it’s easy to let it drift away from you. Each evening, spend a few minutes writing down a tentative schedule for the following day. When you set a tentative schedule for your day, it will help you be intentional about how you’re spending your time. Without designating time slots for the tasks you need to do to be more successful, it’s easy to waste your time doing mindless activities that don’t add value to your life.

6. Surround yourself with awesome people

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Jim Rohn, a businessman, who said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

Who are you spending your days with? Are they people who are inspiring? Do they encourage and support you in your journey to become the best you possible? Connecting with awesome people can greatly affect how you choose to live your life and the level of success you reach.

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7. Exercise

When you set and reach physical goals, it can help give you the confidence and momentum to achieve things in other areas of your life. Also, exercise helps us to feel our best, and when we feel our best, it helps us achieve more in our lives.

No matter what your definition of success is, I hope you find these tips beneficial. Continue to work toward living a life that you absolutely love, one where you spend your time doing what truly matters to you.

Best wishes as you aim to reach new levels of success in your life.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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