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Will You Be Highly Successful in the Future? These 8 Signs Can Foretell the Answer

Will You Be Highly Successful in the Future? These 8 Signs Can Foretell the Answer

These solutions are about strengthening your mind and solidifying positive habits that will ensure your future success. These solutions are also about perspective. Having the proper outlook will give you the unending strength you need to achieve enormous success. The benefits of these solutions are that they show you how to succeed. These solutions will not only lead to great outcomes, but they will ensure great outcomes continue throughout life.

You have found your passion

The people who strive in life are burning up with passion. Some people know what they want out of life much sooner than others and begin actively striving from their youth. For others, their passion has to be found. Your passion is not defined by your talent. You may be exceedingly good at something that does not excite you. Simply stated, you’ll know what your passion is because you’ll be willing to do it for free.

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You don’t settle for the 9-to-5 lifestyle

Successful people not only learn to enjoy what they do, they have fun doing it. This is essential for completing work without making it feel like work. You must find the joyous fun in your work or you won’t be able to do it repeatedly for hours on end each day. Those who know how to succeed know it’s necessary to say sayonara to typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours. All extremely successful people operate within the same 24 hours that you do but they are dedicated to optimizing each waking hour. Beware of confusing fun with comfort. Comfort is the arch nemesis of success.(Inc.: Top 10 Qualities of Highly Successful People))

You can focus on what you like to do for a long time

Successful people have an unmatched focus, despite being pulled in many different directions. They accomplish this despite having many moving parts to deal with in their personal lives and in business. The key to getting so much done can be attributed to their laser-like focus. Successful people see the full picture and then narrow their focus to a singular point.

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You’d rather choose to escape your comfort zone

People who have achieved phenomenal or legendary success don’t do it to be more comfortable. They recognize comfort only to do away with it, allowing them to harness the power within feeling uncomfortable. If you’re severely uncomfortable, you’ll do anything to get yourself out of that position and people often do.

You’re never in lack of new ideas

Successful people often have great ideas do they not? Does this happen out of luck? Absolutely not. The trick is allowing your ideas to age and grow old quickly, forcing you to develop new ideas. Thinking in this way will force you to come up with new ideas on the sheer basis that you cannot continuously do what you’ve always done. Therefore, you cannot continue to think what you’ve always thought. Your current knowledge will not always be applicable. You must continue to learn, change, improve, and come up with new ideas regularly. This leads to the next point, that improvement is a life-long accomplishment.

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Self improvement is like oxygen to you

Successful people know that there is no ceiling on your advancement. Learning, growth, and improvements must be measured and incorporated into your lifestyle. Any improvements that you want to make on yourself must become permanent aspects of your lifestyle or they will not last. A prime example of this are diets that people give up on after a few weeks.

Making everyone’s life better is your mission

Successful people are highly valuable and that’s no coincidence. They go out of their way to create far more value than is expected of them in order to solve problems. Know the audience that you serve intimately and know their problems better than they do. Provide value and facilitate a way for others to do or receive what they love. Money comes to successful people as a result of the value they give.

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You never retreat from challenges

Somehow, some way, you’ll need to develop thick skin if you haven’t already. The best of the best often endure a decade or more of striving for their goals while encountering failures along the way. To transition into this type of thinking, measure your success by how many failures you experience. If you’re not facing some level of rejection or failure, you’re probably not putting forth much effort.

You may be able to see by now that your success depends on how well and how often you cultivate yourself. Know yourself well. By knowing your strengths, you can more quickly ascertain where your value lies in the eyes of others. Keep in mind that fear of failure is actually fear of success. Failure is valuable and inevitable, so fail quickly. Every moment that you’re awake is a moment you can make your life better. You’re either going forwards or backwards at all times. Stay in motion because reaching a plateau or a standstill in life is an illusion, standing still is actually going backwards. If you need motivation to become successful, get uncomfortable. Get so uncomfortable with your current level of success that you feel on fire to make immediate improvements.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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