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10 Things Successful People Do Every Day To Improve Themselves

10 Things Successful People Do Every Day To Improve Themselves

Success is something many people work very hard for. Achieving it is difficult enough, but keeping it going is even harder. That’s why truly successful people never stop improving themselves and work on their positive habits all the time. Everyday rituals are what make us who we are. Developing rituals that will work for us and make us better is one of the keys to success. So, let’s see that many successful people do every day to improve themselves.

1. They wake up early

Even Aristotle was saying that a habit of waking up before dawn contributes to achieving success, wealth and good health. Researches show that our brains work most effectively during the first 2-4 hours after we wake up. Early hours are the most productive for majority of people. Waking up early, you’ll feel vigorous, fresh and ready to conquer new summits.

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2. They exercise

Physical activity matters! You may think that it is all about the brain work that makes people successful. However, the majority of truly successful people exercise on a regular basis. It is not only about keeping you healthy and in a good shape. Constant experiences of overcoming yourself and achieving new results are very useful for any other scope of activity. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, works out with a personal coach five times per week. In his interviews, he often says that working out doesn’t only help him feel good, but also stimulates him to think of new business ideas.

3. They have a plan

Successful people realize how important everyday tasks are. Benjamin Franklin asked himself every morning what good things he was about to do this day. Having a plan helps you remember everything and get rid of all the things you procrastinate with. Take 10 minutes before sleep or after you wake up and make a plan for the whole day. It would be even better if you write it down somewhere.

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4. They find time for hobbies

The biggest investor of the 20th century and successful entrepreneur, Warren Buffett loved to play ukulele between his big business meetings. Most often, successful people are interested in certain activities. A Saturday golf game can be a great way to establish good contacts. However, even the small “alone” hobbies such as knitting (Meryl Streep) or drawing (George Bush) can help to succeed by releasing from stress or waking up one’s creative side.

5. They are active

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, assigned herself with a task to play tennis for an hour every day, and she is not the only one. Richard Branson loves kite-surfing. The fourth richest man in India is a regular marathon runner. Successful people understand the importance of the active life. The more active your body is – the more active your brain works. Weekends are not an exception, by the way.

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6. They learn

People need to get new information every day to keep the brain trained. Successful people always find the way to learn something new. They read books and articles, they communicate with smart people, they go through trusted websites, etc. You should always have your brain working and eventually it’ll work out some idea that can make you as successful as those people you admire today.

7. They analyze

A great thing successful people do is analyzing their day before going to sleep. Was this day productive? Did I do everything I had planned? What shouldn’t I have done today? What should I improve in the next day? When you think of the good things you did today, it helps you move on doing them tomorrow. When you think of your mistakes, it prevents you from repeating them the next day. Analyzing is a great thing to do at the end of the day.

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8. They meditate

Oprah Winfrey is one of the busiest women in the world and still she manages to spend 20 minutes sitting in quiet two times a day. Even the most successful and the toughest businessmen, entrepreneurs and celebrities admit the value and the importance of meditation. Meditating improves productivity, lowers stress level and keeps a body and soul in shape. Finding time for that can definitely help on the road to success.

9. They spend time with people they love

Of course, successful people work really hard. However, many of them say that forgetting about their work and spending some time with beloved people is what helps them continue working even harder. You shouldn’t think of your work 24/7 because your brain will be too tired to work and to generate new ideas. Being around people you love can make you happy and careless for some time and that is a great rest for your brain.

10. They sleep the right amount of time

There is surely no rule on how many hours a person should sleep to feel good and fresh. We are all different; some of us can sleep four hours per day and feel great and others need 8-10 hours of sleep not to look like a zombie the whole day. Successful people know how much time they need to have a good night’s rest and they sleep no less than that.

Featured photo credit: Spyros Papaspyropoulos via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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