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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 February 21, 2019

How to Stop Information Overload

How to Stop Information Overload

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

How Serious Is Information Overload?

The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem.

This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

When we see some half-baked blog posts we don’t even consider reading, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it.

We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on.

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The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control.

Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it.

But first, admit that information overload is really bad for you.

Why Information Overload Is Bad for You

Information overload stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here.

When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

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You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work or enjoy your passion.

How to Stop Information Overload (And Start to Achieve More)

So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with setting goals.

1. Set Your Goals

If you don’t have your goals put in place, you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

2. Know What to Skip When Facing New Information

Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks, you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans, then skip it. You don’t need it.

If it does, then ask yourself these questions:

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  • Will you be able to put this information into action immediately?
  • Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks?
  • Is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away?

If the information is not actionable in a day or two, then skip it.

(You’ll forget about it anyway.)

And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant.

Self-control comes handy too. It’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future, then SKIP IT.

3. Be Aware of the Minimal Effective Dose

There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour BodyTim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs.

Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose, no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life.

Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

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4. Don’t Procrastinate by Consuming More Information

Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article, we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

The focus of this article is not on how to stop procrastinating, but if you’re having such issue, I recommend you read this:

Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

Summing It Up

As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance.

I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over.

I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

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