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How to Be the Top 10% Smartest People in the World

How to Be the Top 10% Smartest People in the World

There must have been times when you have felt less than others. Felt less intelligent, less of an achiever, less witty, less goal-oriented and frankly, dumber! We all have been there, and it’s a really depressing feeling, all in all, not being able to truly be all that we want to be. In case you too are spiraling down into a sad, small place as you read this – wait, for there is always hope when you are on the road to how to succeed.

Only Hard Work and Motivation Can’t Make You Successful. You Need to Know Self-Coaching.

Frankly, a lot of us are hard-working and willing to put in all that is needed for us to achieve our goals and ideals. The problem is that many of us lose the way of how to succeed. Being motivated and willing to work hard wins you the battle half way, but there is still a lot to be done if you really want to be the best that you can be.

The smartest people, who are also the most successful understand that there is a different approach to be used on how to succeed, more than just hard work and being motivated. In case you are wondering what their secret to success is, and if you too can join the bandwagon – there isn’t just one formula to use. The point is, you have to figure out how you can be smarter yourself , no one will tell you how to be that. [1]

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As children, we struggle in school, and often our parents and teachers become our guides, helping us see the better way. But as adults, once we enter the office realm, no boss is here to truly guide us onto an enlightened path – very often, we have to become our own coaches.[2] And since we already know the truth of all that we lack in, who better than us, ourselves, to guide us into being someone better? No one knows us better than ourselves, so we can, with enough introspection, find out the best way on how to succeed.

Why Self Improvement Is Difficult for Many of Us

That depends entirely on you. For some, their lot in life in enough – even if their counterparts overtake them and reach a lot further. But if you are pained by the lack of progress in your life, then yes, you do need to fix it… Some common obstacles on how to succeed in life are:

  • Not knowing where or what to improve in the first place
  • Confused on how to improve yourself
  • Having a laid back or carefree attitude where you are easily satisfied by your progress
  • Often give up easily when you feel that there hasn’t been any improvement in what you are trying to do – even if a minimal effort was put in
  • Comparing yourself with others and wanting things that the others have achieved
  • Feeling demotivated and depressed when success proves elusive

6 Steps To Become Smarter and Succeed In Life

Now that we know the whys and the why not’s of trying to be smarter, here are the steps we can take if we want to be smarter and know the secret to how to succeed, every time.

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Ask Yourself 5 Whys to Figure Out What to Improve

Think of a child and how he reaches the root of a problem – by asking incessant whys. So do that to yourself. Every time you are faced with a problem, like why you aren’t improving at something or succeeding in life – ask yourself why, 5 times, as a rule of thumb.[3]

This will help you identify the root cause of the problem as well as the relationship between the various causes. A simple example is: I didn’t get a promotion this year, but my junior did. So ask yourself: why did your junior get the promotion? Answer: Because my boss likes him. Again: Why does your boss like him, and not you? Answer: Because he turns in his work much ahead of time… Then: Why don’t you turn in your work in time? Answer: Because I put off things way until the last minute and then need extra time to complete it… So there you have it, in three whys you have your answer.

Never Aim to Kill the Giant Monster in One Attempt, Try Attacking Its Sore Spots One By One

Sometimes the problem or struggle we face in front of us is so big and insurmountable that we often get discouraged and give up at the start. So the best thing to do is to break down the problem into steps: each step needs to have a deadline so that the solution stays on course, with some extra time left over to review the problem and its eventual solution in entirety. [4] Say you are unhappy about your weight. The problem is your weight and the solution is to lose some. Now break it down: add 20 minutes of a brisk walk the first week, drop all desserts the second week, clear out your kitchen of junk in the third week, join a gym or aerobics or yoga the fourth week on. You should be seeing results by the end of the month.

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Learning New Skills Is Not Enough — You Need to Learn Them Fast

In nowadays fast moving and competitive world, learning new skills is not enough if takes you a lot of time to learn them. You need to up your ante and learn new thing much faster than the average Joe.[5] Instead of taking a month to learn something, cut it down to a week. Grasp the concept on day 1, master the complicated aspects on day 2 and 3, apply it to real life on day 4, work on it in a slightly different day on day 5, revise everything on day 6 and on day 7 – clear any lingering doubts or confusion.

Keep Challenging Yourself at Every Step

If you were able to do something in say six hours, challenge yourself to do it in five hours or less the next time. Similarly, challenge your old beliefs. Think of new ways to solve the same problems, and you might end up reaching a time-saving solution. [6]

Consider Yourself to be Your Biggest Critic & Competitor

No one else is your enemy or competitor as you are to yourself. In today’s socially showing-off world, there’ll be plenty of success belonging to other people that you wished were yours. Someone is buying a luxury car, someone else is off to the Caribbean or ha your dream job or got that husband and child you so wanted… Thing is, there’ll always be someone else doing better in life than you, or being better at skills than you. So? Run your own race – be your own competitor. You cannot compare yourself to the whole world, so how about you compare yourself to only, yourself. [7]

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Turn Negative Emotions into Positive Triggers

However much we try, we are likely to be faced with some or the other disappointments in the journey called life especially when are figuring out how to succeed. The trick is not to let these negative emotions bog you down and instead use these emotions as positive triggers. For instance, if you are angry about a situation, you are likely to be charged up – use this anger creatively into solving a problem that has been irking you for long. And in case you are being enveloped in green, read envy, at someone else’s success – use this to fuel your need and efforts to reach never before heights. [8]

If you are still wondering how to succeed- get up and get direction, and then put in all that hard work and effort into achieving that dream of yours. Wishes don’t move mountains, but hard work and ambition do. [9]

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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