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7 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Our Ability To Succeed And How To Break Them

7 Bad Habits That Are Ruining Our Ability To Succeed And How To Break Them

One can say a lot of good things about the society we live in. Technology has made the world considerably smaller and has brought people together like never before. Business is no longer considered something we look for, but something we actively do and something people more easily and readily attain. Life is becoming faster and edgier. But, are we losing something in the process of all of the good things?

In my opinion, we are losing too many things to count.

The relentless pace we all live by and the constant struggle to reach new milestones, consume more information, and unlock new doors behind the elusive title of an “accomplished individual” is leaving us with some pretty bad habits.

To make matters worse, these habits impede on our professionalism, are bad for our health, and place conflict on our social modus operandi. They strike to our very core and undermine the foundations of everything we are trying to achieve, pushing our sense of accomplishment further and further away.

This vicious cycle needs to be broken. Here are some of the most poisonous habits of the modern man and woman and how to avoid them.

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1. Poor Nutrition

    Healthy nutrition has to be one of the most obvious victims of the modern lifestyle. On-the-go snacks are numbing our satisfaction signals and loosening our ties with the sense of genuine hunger. Fast food floods your body with unhealthy ingredients like trans fats. Skipping breakfast keeps your metabolism drowsy and deprives you of valuable energy.

    In order to avoid these unpleasant outcomes, kick off your day with an energetic breakfast and replace all the junk food you are eating throughout the day with some healthier alternatives. Also, do your best to eat only when your body is physically craving for food and not as a coping mechanism when you are feeling stressed, angry, or you simply don’t know what else to do.

    2. “I Want It All And I Want It Now”

      I’m a man with a one-track mind, so much to do in one lifetime…” The thing that the singer of this song didn’t quite understand is that any kind of success requires patience. Sure, patience requires time and time is something we all feel evades us, but there’s simply no other way around time and acquiring the things that you want. Patience is key.

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      Overly enthusiastic gym newbies end up with injuries. Businesses that bite off more than they can chew crash and burn. Such experiences make each new beginning much harder than it is supposed to be. What you have to do is to stop looking for instant success and find your way to the top one step at a time. Make small gains towards your goals and make them every day.

      3. Sloppiness

        Who knows? Maybe the laid-back attitude of the internet billionaires forever eclipsed the image of what success and wealth looks like. Be that as it may, neat, organized, and well-dressed people have always been taken more seriously and have earned more respect than the people who approach their work with a more lackadaisically. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have, remember?

        So, what should you do instead? Pay attention to your looks and the way you’re dressing. Don’t leave a mess in the office. Mold yourself into the person you’re trying to be by investing in your wardrobe. Maintain a workspace that represents your organization and capabilities of a great employee by having an office or cubicle that exudes the boss status you someday hope to have. In short, make looking good and being tidy a part of your daily routine.

        4. Sedentary Lifestyle

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          Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu alone pack more quality content than we’ll ever have time to check. And what about the countless hours we spend in front of our office desks or browsing the web? According to Tom Cove, CEO of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, “the high rate of inactivity is fundamentally alarming.” It looks like binge-watching is rapidly becoming the new smoking.

          Fortunately, the solution to this problem is not that hard to figure out – start exercising. Various HIIT routines and 7-minute workouts provide more than satisfying results for the time invested. If you are more ambitious, you can sign up for yoga lessons or join a local gym. Make the 2/30 rule (30 minutes of exercise for every 2 hours of TV) the core of your daily routine.

          5. Cigarettes, Painkillers, and Alcohol

            Modern lifestyle is more than stressful, so it’s okay to look for a way to relieve that stress. Now, as far as human pleasures go, everything comes with a certain price. What makes cigarettes, alcohol, painkillers, sedatives, and other common substances we use to fight stress undesirable, is that their price is often too steep for us to pay.

            Physical activity, on the other hand, promotes the production of neurohormones, like norepinephrine, which reverse the damage inflicted to your brain by stressful events. As a result, exercising elevates your mood, improves cognitive functions, and allows easier absorption of information. Alternatively, you can cope with stress by learning the art of meditation. Unlike relying on substances and unhealthy habits, both of these methods will reward you with a number of long-term benefits.

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            6. Excessive Buying

              Shopping has always been a proven method for putting a smile back on your face and there’s really nothing wrong with indulging yourself from time to time. The problem, however, arises when indulging becomes a habit and the things that are your priorities begin to suffer as a result.

              Unfortunately, this habit can be reversed only through restraint, objectivity, and a lot of self-criticism. You can decrease your urge to spend by weening yourself off of excessive spending habits versus quitting cold turkey. Put yourself on a rewards system where tackling a priority is rewarded with buying a nice item or two for yourself every couple of weeks – as long as it doesn’t break bank. Basic budgeting and personal financing skills won’t hurt you either.

              7. Winning Mentality

                The world we live in is a world of climbers and the people who succeed have to have “winning” carved into their brains. What we often fail to understand is that climbing doesn’t have to mean pushing the others below or beneath you in order to get to the top. While such behavior can be tolerated in the business environment, practicing it in your social life can have devastating results.

                Personal relationships have no room for winners and losers. Trying to put down everyone around you to look good can only earn you a bad reputation and cause you to lose important relationships. People are much more appreciative of individuals who make them feel good, offer help, and elevate themselves by elevating others. So keep your “shark attitude” for the corporate situations.

                Everyone has innate desires to feel successful and accomplished. What makes the people with those qualities the way they are is the fact that they don’t put too much effort into habits that bring them down. So let’s follow suit in our efforts in creating a successful life and make the foundation for something better. It’s as easy as changing few bad habits.

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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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