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Published on July 23, 2020

How To Make Things Happen (And Attract Success)

How To Make Things Happen (And Attract Success)

Why are some individuals seemingly better at achieving success than others? The answer to this question will help you to enhance your ability and chances to make things happen.

For instance, you know procrastination usually doesn’t get you where you need to go, but you just can’t seem to avoid it. What is the root cause of procrastination, and why do you always postpone your Most Important Tasks(MITs)? Could it be the fear of failure, or the fact that you are uncertain about what the outcomes of your new task will be?

Familiarizing yourself with the characteristics of individuals who make things happen will enable you to complete every task and get moving forward in your life..

Attributes of People Who Make Things Happen

Here are some traits shared by individuals who make things happen. If you’re looking to achieve your goals and push forward, try cultivating some of these features to enhance your chances.

They Are Go-Getters

They don’t believe in “what will be will be.” These people are go-getters and trailblazers. They believe that if anything significant is going to occur, they have to make it happen.

These people also tend to have a great deal of confidence in their abilities. They don’t see impossibilities, and they never give up until they have completed their tasks. They have good self-esteem and don’t need your validation to showcase their excellence.

They Always Go the Extra Mile

They are not afraid to fail. They see failure as a learning process, and they do whatever it takes to realize their goals. For instance, if they have to take online courses to gain productivity skills, they will remain resolute until they have acquired the skills. Even when they don’t have to financial capability to pursue a degree in college, they will make sacrifices or trade-off their comforts to achieve their aims.

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They Are Doers, Not Talkers

The world is full of talkers with few actors. Anyone that will make things happen in life must walk the talk. While others are wasting time talking about their dreams, these people are already working on their tasks with a strong commitment. Once you figure out what you want from life, the next task is to commit yourself to act on them.

They Use Their Time Wisely

They are proactive and don’t put off important tasks to be done tomorrow. They understand that procrastination robs anyone of opportunities. Time wasters are opportunity wasters. Every minute counts for these people. They do not allow circumstances to dictate how they live; they plan their time.

They Create Opportunities

These people don’t wait for opportunities to happen; they create them. They set boundaries and do not allow anything to stop them from asking for help. Opportunities are never left aside for people who make things happen.

They Are Resolute

They never give up, even when they come across obstacles. They understand what they need to do to get back up when they fall. They don’t wallow in self-pity. When they fail, they learn from their mistakes and forge on.

They Are Diligent

It takes consistency to succeed in any project. These people do their tasks diligently. They are not bored with routines. They know the best time to stay strong is when they feel like quitting.

They Always Think About Their Life Mission

These people understand the significance of having a life mission. They also know how to align their goals and strategies to achieve that mission. One of the ways they do this is by always thinking about their goals. That way, they can live in alignment with their mission.

They Are Lifelong Dreamers

They are never comfortable with their present level of success. They seek for ways to improve on their achievements. They pursue new frontiers regardless of their age. They believe if they can start a business at age 30, they can also build one at 60. Age is never a limitation.

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They Invest in Self-Improvement

These people constantly assess themselves and seek for means to be better. This attitude is what you need to attract success and sustain your dreams and goals. Individuals who make things happen pursue ways to be more productive.

They Establish SMART Goals

They are not wishful thinkers; they set realistic goals and deadlines to see their dreams come to reality. They take on goals one at a time.

They Face Their Fears

They don’t deny the feeling of fear, but they do not permit this feeling to hinder them from making things happen. If they don’t have what it takes, they outsource to those who can help.

They Focus

They do not permit distractions to jeopardize the actualization of their goals. They focus like a laser on their goals.

If you exhibit any of these traits, then you have what it takes to make things happen. Otherwise, you can begin to cultivate new habits, attributes, and attitudes of people who make things happen.

But if you are asking yourself, “How can I make things happen?”, here’s how!

9 Ways to Make Things Happen

Experiment with the following techniques to find what helps you push past challenges and make your goals happen.

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1. Use the Pomodoro Method

Francesco Cirillo created the Pomodoro technique in the 80s, and it has remained one of the notable tools for managing time. The Pomodoro method enables you to focus your mind and energy on a particular activity for a specific period.

For instance, you can concentrate for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break before resuming the next task[1].

2. Create a To-Do List

Making a to-do list of what you need to do will enable you to free your mind and be productive. You can create a weekly to-do list while you establish the Most Important Tasks for each day to achieve every item on your weekly to-do list.

It is also important to evaluate your list every weekend to know what works and what does not. It will also help you to figure out which tasks you need to carry over to the next list.

3. Select Your Priorities

Decide on what you are going to work on the next day before going to bed. Establishing your priorities ahead of time will enable your brain to be ready for what is ahead.

4. Create a Reward System

Once you achieve a milestone, pay yourself with something you enjoy. It could be a favorite movie or game. You can also reward yourself by going for a walk or cooking your favorite meal. This act of rewarding yourself any time you achieve a goal will help your brain associate positivity with outcomes.

5. Persist

It takes persistence to make things happen. Make every effort to actualize your goals or complete the tasks on your to-do list, regardless of any challenges. Persistence is what separates successful individuals from the rest of the world.

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6. Minimize Distractions

What are your major distractors? It could be your smartphone, television, emails, or Facebook. You can avoid those distractions by asking people to keep them for you or simply putting them in another room while you work. Reflect to increase your awareness of things or less-important activities that normally take your eyes off your goals.

7. Focus Like a Laser

Once you set your mind on a task, do not lose focus. Losing sight of your thoughts can delay you from achieving a result. It takes focusing like a laser to make things happen.

8. Help Others

We rise by lifting others. Find a need and meet it. An act of generosity can provide you with useful resources and enable you to build a formidable social network.

9. Make Your Time Count

If you are feeling desperate and tired before your time is up, it is time to evaluate how you spend your time. Ensure that your minutes are not wasted on useless activities. Each minute must count towards the achievement of your goals.

Conclusion

All these attributes and tips will enable you to become more focused and make things happen. You need the stamina and energy to act on your goals. Poor diet, lack of sleep, and other bad habits can make you lose your stamina. Figure out the implication of procrastination and empower yourself with the right knowledge, skills, and strategies to make things happen.

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How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and exhausted. Therefore, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, it’s time to do something about it.

Here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm, leaving you calmer, in control, and a lot less stressed at work.

1. Write Everything Down to Offload Your Mind

The first thing you can do when work feels overwhelming is to write everything down that is on your mind.

Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s occupying your thoughts[1].

For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind, write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind.”

The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will help you stop feeling overwhelmed at work. Writing things down can really change your life.

2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

Once you have emptied your head, go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. You can learn how to create a more meaningful to-do list here.

3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

Here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago to help when work feels overwhelming. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and we humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take[2]:

When feeling overwhelmed at work, use Parkinson's Law.

    This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad. It’s more wishful thinking than bad judgment.

    We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage when we’re feeling overwhelmed at work. If you have estimated that to write five important emails will take ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

    Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is that you put yourself under a little time pressure, and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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    When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time, so it plays tricks on us, and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our team members to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

    Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening, and we get more focused and more work done. This will help when work feels overwhelming.

    4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

    Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos to avoid getting overwhelmed at work. Schedule time for each task, especially high priority tasks, while also grouping together similar tasks. This will help relieve stress and anxiety in your daily work life.

    For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

    Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done, and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer, and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

    5. Make Decisions

    For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one[3]. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

    If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend, or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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    If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss or a colleague and get advice.

    Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away and will only make you feel more overwhelmed at work. You need to make a decision to deal with it, and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved.

    I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed, and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend about the problem.

    He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem, and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I pay a smaller amount for a couple of months.

    This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

    The first was: don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second: there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

    6. Take Some Form of Action

    Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we are feeling overwhelmed at work (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

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    The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

    It also means that, rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible, and you can make decisions about what to do about them.

    Often, it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be that you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

    When work feels overwhelming, it’s not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work. It can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

    The Bottom Line

    It’s easy to feel like you have too much on your plate, but there are things you do to make it more manageable. 

    Make a decision, even if it’s just talking to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution.

    When you follow these strategies, you can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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