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5 Keys to Everyday Success

5 Keys to Everyday Success

“People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else.” -Tony Robbins

In a world full of influences beyond our control that have the potential to hold us back, there are things that you can do every day to impact the success present in your life.

With media messages that are distracting and unhelpful to your goals, with people bringing you down, and even messages saying you can’t win so often occurring, there are things that you can do every day to impact your mind and your reality to attain the success that you are after.

By applying the following daily success tips you will be able to fill your mind with positivity, turn away from the negatives in a way only to enhance who you are and who you will become. The success in your life is yours for the taking.

The following are the 5 tips to everyday success:

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1. Nourish your mind

Every day, fill your mind with positive information that challenges you and forces you to grow. This means getting away from the Facebook and Twitter feeds that are complaining or gossiping. Even the daily news can be toxic to your success as it focuses on things that are wrong in the world rather than the things that are positive and inspirational.

Make it a habit where you spend 15 minutes to an hour every day digesting information that is going to be useful to your success and will help you to become a better person. There are plenty of success books out there, find one that sparks your interest and awakens your mind each day.

2. Stimulate your body

Take time each day to push your body so that it will be able to further support you in your goals. Our mind and body are one in that stress, fear, and even some physical trauma is stored in the body. By doing something strenuous you get the opportunity to exercise and exert these opposing forces.

Whether it is taking a run in the morning, doing yoga, or going to the gym after work, do something for your body. I have run every morning since I was 14. Making this a daily habit was challenging, but I can’t not do it now. Take the time to take care of your body and it will take care of you and your success.

3. Find a role model

There are people all over the world who are doing or who have done exactly what you would like to accomplish or something similar. If you don’t know of these people yet or you don’t have a role model go out there and find one. They will help show you ways of becoming an even better you.

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People like Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Steve Jobs, and Gary Vaynerchuck are all knowledgeable examples of success that you can learn from. Pick someone that you resonate with and absorb their information to learn what they do so that you can improve what you are capable of.

4. Take action

Our rewards come only from the actions that we take. Someone once told me that there is no such thing as luck, but when you start taking massive action then one feels a whole hell of a lot luckier. The action is and will be the key to your success.

The only reason why others are having the success that you are not is because of the action they are taking. In the long-term, the sustainable success that you will find is going to come from the actions you take. Get out there and start somewhere and make that first step towards your success.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr

5. Give back to others

On your journey towards success, you will come to realize that it is about more than just you. It will be a lonely and uncompelling fight for you if you are only fighting for your prosperity alone. However, when the purpose becomes larger than yourself, this is a battle you are driven to win.

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Take the time to help others who are less fortunate than yourself. Life is above giving and when you realize that we all have more than enough, then our hearts grow in the act of helping other people. You will be amazed at just how good you can feel when you give to someone else with no expectation of getting something back in return.

In any great success story, there were thousands of things getting in the hero’s way. Life will not be without obstacles and you will have to earn your way to true success. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

True success that is just given or handed to a person will go unappreciated and will be taken for granted. If, however, you change your mind, change your life, and impact the world around you then you will know a life which few only know and many dream of.

Taking these steps and making them part of your daily routine will change your environment and put you in a position of giving yourself the positive resources and tools necessary to becoming that person of success that you imagine yourself to be.

One of the most common things that I find among people is that they have the hardest time making success a daily habit for themselves. Don’t be part of this group who knows all about success, but fails to implement it in their life.

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Success or failure in life depends on you and you alone.

What is stopping you from bringing success into your life?

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Last Updated on March 21, 2019

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

11 Important Things to Remember When Changing Habits

Most gurus talk about habits in a way that doesn’t help you:

You need to push yourself more. You can’t be lazy. You need to wake up at 5 am. You need more motivation. You can never fail…blah blah “insert more gibberish here.”

But let me share with you the unconventional truths I found out:

To build and change habits, you don’t need motivation or wake up at 5 am. Heck, you can fail multiple times, be lazy, have no motivation and still pull it off with ease.

It’s quite simple and easy to do, especially with the following list I’m going to show to you. But remember, Jim Rohn used to say,

“What is simple and easy to do is also simple and easy not to do.”

The important things to remember when changing your habits are both simple and easy, just don’t think that they don’t make any difference because they do.

In fact, they are the only things that make a difference.

Let’s see what those small things are, shall we?

1. Start Small

The biggest mistake I see people doing with habits is by going big. You don’t go big…ever. You start small with your habits.

Want to grow a book reading habit? Don’t start reading a book a day. Start with 10 pages a day.

Want to become a writer? Don’t start writing 10,000 words a day. Start with 300 words.

Want to lose weight? Don’t stop eating ice cream. Eat one less ball of it.

Whatever it is, you need to start small. Starting big always leads to failure. It has to, because it’s not sustainable.

Start small. How small? The amount needs to be in your comfort zone. So if you think that reading 20 pages of a book is a bit too much, start with 10 or 5.

It needs to appear easy and be easy to do.

Do less today to do more in a year.

2. Stay Small

There is a notion of Kaizen which means continuous improvement. They use this notion in habits where they tell you to start with reading 1 page of a book a day and then gradually increase the amount you do over time.

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But the problem with this approach is the end line — where the “improvement” stops.

If I go from reading 1 page of a book a day and gradually reach 75 and 100, when do I stop? When I reach 1 book a day? That is just absurd.

When you start a habit, stay at it in the intensity you have decided. Don’t push yourself for more.

I started reading 20 pages of a book a day. It’s been more than 2 years now and I’ve read 101 books in that period. There is no way I will increase the number in the future.

Why?

Because reading 40 to 50 books a year is enough.

The same thing applies to every other habit out there.

Pick a (small) number and stay at it.

3. Bad Days Are 100 Percent Occurrence

No matter how great you are, you will have bad days where you won’t do your habit. Period.

There is no way of going around this. So it’s better to prepare yourself for when that happens instead of thinking that it won’t ever happen.

What I do when I miss a day of my habit(s) is that I try to bounce back the next day while trying to do habits for both of those days.

Example for that is if I read 20 pages of a book a day and I miss a day, the next day I will have to read 40 pages of a book. If I miss writing 500 words, the next day I need to write 1000.

This is a really important point we will discuss later on rewards and punishments.

This is how I prepare for the bad days when I skip my habit(s) and it’s a model you should take as well.

4. Those Who Track It, Hack It

When you track an activity, you can objectively tell what you did in the past days, weeks, months, and years. If you don’t track, you will for sure forget everything you did.

There are many different ways you can track your activities today, from Habitica to a simple Excel sheet that I use, to even a Whatsapp Tracker.

Peter Drucker said,

“What you track is what you do.”

So track it to do it — it really helps.

But tracking is accompanied by one more easy activity — measuring.

5. Measure Once, Do Twice

Peter Drucker also said,

“What you measure is what you improve.”

So alongside my tracker, I have numbers with which I measure doses of daily activities:

For reading, it’s 20 pages.
For writing, it’s 500 words.
For the gym, it’s 1 (I went) or 0 (didn’t go).
For budgeting, it’s writing down the incomes and expenses.

Tracking and measuring go hand in hand, they take less than 20 seconds a day but they create so much momentum that it’s unbelievable.

6. All Days Make a Difference

Will one day in the gym make you fit? It won’t.

Will two? They won’t.

Will three? They won’t.

Which means that a single gym session won’t make you fit. But after 100 gym sessions, you will look and feel fit.

What happened? Which one made you fit?

The answer to this (Sorites paradox)[1] is that no single gym session made you fit, they all did.

No single day makes a difference, but when combined, they all do. So trust the process and keep on going (small).

7. They Are Never Fully Automated

Gurus tell you that habits become automatic. And yes, some of them do, like showering a certain way of brushing your teeth.

But some habits don’t become automatic, they become a lifestyle.

What I mean by that is that you won’t automatically “wake up” in the gym and wonder how you got there.

It will just become a part of your lifestyle.

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The difference is that you do the first one automatically, without conscious thought, while the other is a part of how you live your life.

It’s not automatic, but it’s a decision you don’t ponder on or think about — you simply do it.

It will become easy at a certain point, but they will never become fully automated.

8. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

Marshall Goldsmith has a great book with the same title to it. The phrase means that sometimes, you will need to ditch certain habits to make room for other ones which will bring you to the next step.

Don’t be afraid to evolve your habits when you sense that they don’t bring you where you want to go.

When I started reading, it was about reading business and tactic books. But two years into it, I switched to philosophy books which don’t teach me anything “applicable,” but instead teach me how to think.

The most important ability of the 21st century is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The strongest tree is the willow tree – not because it has the strongest root or biggest trunk, but because it is flexible enough to endure and sustain anything.

Be like a willow, adapting to the new ways of doing things.

9. Set a Goal and Then Forget It

The most successful of us know what they want to achieve, but they don’t focus on it.

Sounds paradoxical? You’re right, it does. But here is the logic behind it.

You need to have a goal of doing something – “I want to become a healthy individual” – and then, you need to reverse engineer how to get there with your habits- “I will go to the gym four times a week.”

But once you have your goal, you need to “forget” about it and only focus on the process. Because you are working on the process of becoming healthy and it’s always in the making. You will only be as healthy as you take care of your body.

So you have a goal which isn’t static but keeps on moving.

If you went to the gym 150 times year and you hit your goal, what would you do then? You would stop going to the gym.

This is why goal-oriented people experience yo-yo effect[2] and why process-oriented people don’t.

The difference between process-oriented and goal-oriented people is that the first focus on daily actions while others only focus on the reward at the finish line.

Set a goal but then forget about it and reap massive awards.

10. Punish Yourself

Last two sections are pure Pavlovian – you need to punish bad behavior and reward good behavior. You are the only person who decides what is good and what is bad for you, but when you do, you need to rigorously follow that.

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I’ve told you in point #3 about bad days and how after one occurs, I do double the work on the next day. That is one of my forms of punishments.

It’s the need to tell your brain that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they lead to bad outcomes. That’s what punishments are for.

You want to tell your brain that there are real consequences to missing your daily habits.[3]

No favorite food to eat or favorite show to watch or going to the cinema for a new Marvel movie- none, zero, zilch.

The brain will remember these bad feelings and will try to avoid the behaviors that led to them as much as possible.

But don’t forget the other side of the same coin.

11. Reward Yourself

When you follow and execute on your plan, reward yourself. It’s how the brain knows that you did something good.

Whenever I finish one of my habits for the day, I open my tracker (who am I kidding, I always keep it open on my desktop) and fill it with a number. As soon as I finish reading 20 pages of a book a day (or a bit more), I open the tracker and write the number down.

The cell becomes green and gives me an instant boost of endorphin – a great success for the day. Then, it becomes all about not breaking the chain and having as many green fields as possible.

After 100 days, I crunch some numbers and see how I did.

If I have less than 10 cheat days, I reward myself with a great meal in a restaurant. You can create your own rewards and they can be daily, weekly, monthly or any arbitrary time table that you create.

Primoz Bozic, a productivity coach, has gold, silver, and bronze medals as his reward system.[4]

If you’re having problems creating a system which works for you, contact me via email and we can discuss specifics.

In the End, It Matters

What you do matters not only to you but to the people around you.

When you increase the quality of your life, you indirectly increase the quality of life of people around you. And sometimes, that is all the “motivation” we need to start.

And that’s the best quote for the end of this article:

“Motivation gets you started, but habits keep you going.”

Keep going.

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Reference

[1] Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Sorites paradox
[2] Muscle Zone: What causes yo-yo effect and how to avoid it?
[3] Growth Habits: 5 Missteps That Cause You To Quit Building A Habit
[4] Primoz Bozic: The Lean Review: How to Plan Your 2019 in 20 Minutes

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