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Doing These 7 Things Can Skyrocket Your Success

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Doing These 7 Things Can Skyrocket Your Success

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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Dr. Kerry Petsinger

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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