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Duplicating The Common Traits of Successful People

Duplicating The Common Traits of Successful People

Success is a path everyone wants to stay on. However, does everyone have the motivation to go on with the journey for success? That’s why only a few people succeed in following their goals. This handful of people generates the determination to start and continue the journey of success.

There are always good days and bad days, but the firm beliefs of motivated people make them go on and on without stopping.

Coming to study the traits of successful people I noted that, interestingly, there are some common things they do – which have a massive effect on their success. I’m sharing a comprehensive list of these traits to help you achieve your goals:

1. They Know Their “Why”

Imagine what would happen to a person wandering in a place who doesn’t know where to go. Yes, that person will never find the destination because the person doesn’t even know where to go.

Same goes for achieving success and reaching goals. If you haven’t addressed your “why” of your goals, you are already failing yourself from becoming someone massively successful.

That’s because, if you don’t address the “why” of your goals, you don’t know what you will get from them – and that leads to uncertainty. What is uncertainty? It’s nowhere.

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Dr. Seuss

Moreover, successful people know this key point and they work on it. They go with their intuition and get an answer.

2. They Know that Quitting Means Failing

No one likes to fail. However, when we try to start something new which seems hard to peruse, we tend to quit it. That’s because, we are afraid of failing – but what we don’t understand is that quitting also means failing.

When you are quitting, you are not diverting yourself to anything better or saving your time, you are actually failing yourself.

Follow the footprints of successful people and don’t get frightened by your fears. The fear that you might fail in doing this. That you might not be able to complete what you have started. These are the fears you have to overcome by starting to believe that you can set and achieve goals on your own.

3. They Focus On Small Steps

We all think that people at the top of the ladder never get sad or frustrated and that’s why they are successful. Well, they do get frustrated, but they know why resentment happens.

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It happens when we think about the big picture and get overwhelmed by the sheer size of our goals. We start getting anxious by this and feel that these are impossible to achieve.

To solve this, great people focus on small goals. This doesn’t mean that they don’t create big goals. This only means that they divide their goal into small parts and start doing one at a time. This makes things easier to follow and achieve.

The rule here is to do things regularly, to keep following the small steps every day. These may look so small that you might think these steps are negligible, but the same negligible steps if done regularly will make you achieve your goals.

4. They Can Feel Their Goals

To successful people, it is like having a vision that they have achieved their goals and they can feel the immense satisfaction the success brought to them. They can see it. They can touch it. They can feel it.

When you are really feeling your goals happening, you will never get disheartened. It is like a natural way of keeping you motivated. Because no matter what you argue, the brain can’t differentiate between reality and a mere perception. If you truly picture yourself achieving the goal, your mind will believe it and will start telling you that your goals are not impossible, but, in fact, achievable.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

5. They Also Visualize Failure

How many times you have done things only when you knew you would get punished if you didn’t? Remember your school days when you didn’t want to do homework, but when you pictured your humiliation at class, you immediately opened your notebook and completed your homework?

Your dreams and goals work the similar way. If you want to stay motivated and not get despaired by frequent setbacks, you have to give yourself a little fear of failure. You can do that by thinking what would happen if you fail. You will feel an immense pain within you. Then you will do anything to not feel that pain which you have felt. That way you will give your full effort to your goal and that is what you need.

If you were looking for an answer to the question, how to achieve goals. Now you have it.

6. They Network with Positive People

It is possible that you have a friend or colleague who is disappointed with everything. If that person gets a promotion, the only thing uttered from the person’s mouth would be “My apartment is so small”.

Many of the studies have shown that what other people say can directly affect your thinking process. So, to keep yourself clean from toxic thoughts, you have to create a distance from these types of people.

That’s why successful people only connect with positive people. That way they train their mind to stay on track and not lose its way.

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7. They Know That Thinking Is Also Real

The people who are ahead of the game know the working of the mind. They have understood that the human brain works in a simple way. It expands the thoughts that are coming in. So, they start thinking about building and achieving goals.

When they do that, their mind stimulates and expands that information. By continually doing this, they start developing their personalities and that helps in the way of achieving success.

“You become what you think about all day long” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, 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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