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Last Updated on December 1, 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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9 Steps To Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

9 Steps To Stop Dreaming and Start Doing

Having a dream and being a dreamer are two different mindsets. Dreamers are drifters just floating through life with no real plans. One who has a dream, is a doer on the path towards achieving their goal.

Once you decide to remove your head from the clouds, tackle the obstacles that faceyou, and organize a plan of attack, you become a doer. If you are ready to put in the work, here are 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing.

1. Accept responsibility for your own actions

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

It is the most unattractive thing to hear someone constantly wine and complain about their life. Especially when they blame the world for their problems. The whole universe is probably against you, does not care about you, and will deceive you. This does not make any actions, or lack there of, on your behalf their fault. Say this statement out loud, “I am in control of my behavior and choose how to react to circumstances.” Say it everyday. Nothing is more true than that statement.

You can, and need, to start actively controlling your thoughts and emotions. Learn to control your rage when you are angry. When a negative thought slips in, push it right back out. This takes practice because we have been programmed by our environment to behave and think in certain ways. Fight to change your negativity, or you will remain a bitter and miserable person. Use your aggression in a positive way by working out, or put it into your work.

2. Give and receive love and forgiveness

“Learn how to fill your day with POSITIVITY. Think of how your ideas CAN work, not how it won’t work.” -Steve Harvey

Once you harness your inner power of controlling your thoughts and emotions, it is time to start focusing on positivity. The best way to start is by accepting others and forgiving the people who have caused you pain. Giving love and forgiveness really isn’t about giving at all. It is about you healing by letting go of negative relationships. If these people really love and care about you, they will fight for you. If you walk away and never hear from them again, you know they never cared, so why should you? Your grudges make you focus on people who do not deserve your time or attention. Anger leaves you feeling irrational, depressed, deceived, sad, regretful, and lonely. Learning to truly forgive those who hurt you will lift a thousand pounds of burden off your shoulders. You will free your mind and be able to start working on your dream.

3. Accept yourself

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Now that you are focusing on living a positive life, it is time to look in the mirror and love what you see. Physically and mentally. No one is perfect. It is time to accept that you will never be what society expects you to be. Follow your intuitions. Do not let someone else dictate your life. That only leads to a boring, predictable, miserable, and mediocre life. Do what makes you happy instead of just dreaming about it. Love yourself flaws and all.

4. Choose who you surround yourself with wisely

“We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.”

This journey will end many relationships in your life. The people who are not supportive, who are negative, and who use you, need to go! At first you may feel lonely and insecure. If you focus on you instead of them, these feelings will go away. It is time to move on. It is time to let go. The ones who truly care about you, respect you, and accept you for who you really are will stay. They will support you throughout your journey. These relationships will become more valuable to you than ever before. If you have given your all to a relationship, and they do not give back, stop chasing after them the next time they leave. You will thank yourself in the long run.

5. Learn to ignore the negativity from others

“I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.” -Bill Cosby

Now that you are starting on your journey, you will have people who will try their best to pull you down. That’s why the steps above are necessary to complete before starting. If you have prepared yourself for the haters, you will be able to rise above. It is easier to criticize others than work on yourself. Knowing this gives you peace about where you are in life and where they are. You are obviously ahead, even if it doesn’t look like it to others. Keep moving on and let them talk.

6. Carefully layout your plans

“Failure is not the opposite of success, inaction is.” -Rois Liano

Freeing your mind from your emotional baggage gives you room to focus on your dreams. Now that you have a clear picture, it is time to take action. To be a doer, you need a game plan. Write your end goal at the top of a sheet of paper. Below, write out the steps you plan to take to get there in an organized, realistic fashion. Say your goal is to become a nurse. Your first step should probably be volunteering at your local hospital to see if you would really enjoy it. Next maybe list the schools you are interested in applying to. The third step could be to gather your necessary paperwork to apply to colleges. See what I am doing here? The sum of all the little tasks you do equals your goal. Lay it out in daily, weekly, monthly tasks that will get you closer to your dream.

7. Do SOMETHING, ANYTHING

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” -Henry David Thoreau

Many people will get to step 6 and stop. Your plan does not come to fruition magically. You have to now take action to get yourself there. So start researching, traveling, volunteering, writing, calling, interviewing, working out, or whatever opportunity you can find to get you moving forward. You may have to take on many different hats to get you there. Start where you can, do whatever you can, this is where the physical work begins.

8. Embrace failures and detours along the way

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

We all have epic failures in life. It is time to stop viewing these failures as an end all. Failure is an inevitable part of success. Ask any highly successful person if they’ve ever failed, and they will tell you they have 100 times. Failure only means to try a different way. Start viewing failures as a positive experience. How can we learn without failing? Failures result from trying. People who avoid failures at all costs are content with a mediocre life. We are not these people. We want true happiness and inner peace. I remember going to work in a past career and absolutely dreading it. I now think about work and feel peaceful and happy. It’s still hard work, it’s just work that I am passionate about.

As you begin the journey of pursuing your dream, it may change a little, or a lot, along the way. Your passion is already programmed inside you. Uncover your God-given gift through this process and keep moving forward no matter what may come.

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9. Network and use resources to your advantage

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” -Chris Grosser

You will realize, eventually, that you need others to help you get to your goal. Whether it is in absorbing information and experience from them, or getting recognized for your talent. Look online for good informative websites, look for classes or lectures where you can learn and connect with others. Drop the pride and shamelessly promote yourself with your work and/or knowledge. Whatever you can find, whoever will help, take it seriously. Opening one door can lead to many more opportunities.

Start at step one. Do not pass go and do not collect $200. If you commit to these 9 steps to stop dreaming and start doing, you are facing your fears head on and taking a leap of faith. Congratulations, your life will now truly begin. Please note this will be hard and sometimes not fun. Stay focused, but don’t forget to take time to clear your mind and relax along the way. I hope you now feel inspired to step out of your comfort zone, and risk being happy.

“Dreams are like floating down a lazy river. The path to success is like riding a roller coaster. Find the courage to get on the roller coaster, and stay on the ride until you puke.” -Margaux Daughtry

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