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5 Shocking Ways Your Lifestyle Can Determine Your Success

5 Shocking Ways Your Lifestyle Can Determine Your Success

The road to success is supposed to be paved by long, sleepless nights, paying your dues, and utter burnout, right? There’s nothing more cliché than overstressed corporate climbers and overwhelmed entrepreneurs.

Well, I’ve got news for you: Burnout isn’t just bad for your health; it’s bad for business, too.

How you live your lifestyle is one of the strongest indicators of future success. Everything from how you spend your leisure time to how you view your current state can impact your success. Change your lifestyle and you might just be on the fast track to success.

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Here are five ways that your lifestyle can actually determine your success.

1. The way you daydream sets up your future.

Your future is an uncharted territory. If you’re going to be successful, you’re going to need to draw a map. Successful people have a clear vision of exactly what they want success to look like, taste like, feel like, including what kind of business they want to run, how often they want to work, who they want to associate with, where they vacation, how often exercise, and how much self-esteem they have. Start imagining the life you want to live, and you’ll have a step-by-step guide for how to get there.

2. You eat, sleep, and breathe your way to success.

Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. If you’re not sleeping enough and living off Cheetos, you’re probably not going to have the energy to go after your dreams. Successful people incorporate success into every aspect of their lives, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, relationships, and self-care. If you start treating yourself like a successful person now, you’re setting yourself up for long-term success.

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3. The boundaries you set are the blueprint for your life.

Boundaries are simply the way you teach people how to treat you. From the way you accept to be treated, to the amount you are paid, to the hours you’re willing to work, boundaries are the rules you define for your life. If you let people walk all over you today, that’s probably not going to change, no matter how “successful” you become.

4. You think of yourself as successful as you’re going to be.

The world will generally take you as seriously as you take yourself. Nobody batted an eye at Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs when they first start their companies. But, if take yourself seriously and consistently put in the actions necessary to keep moving forward, eventually you’ll become as successful as you decide to be.

5. At the end of the day, it’s about how much enjoyment you can stand.

Success isn’t really about how much you can achieve; it’s more about how much you can enjoy. If you allow yourself to cherish moments of success without constantly thinking, “What’s the next thing?” then you’re already more than halfway there. Success follows happiness. So, if you can hold on to the joy of all that you’ve accomplished, you’ll attract a lot more success into your life than the guy or gal who’s burnt out, striving to keep doing more.

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Success is just as much an internal mindset as it is an external experience. When you get the internal stuff together and start treating yourself like a successful person, you welcome other people to treat you successfully as well.

When we get down to it, success isn’t just the number of people who know your name or the the amount in your bank account; success is consciously designing a life that meets your goals and vision. It’s about building the exact lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of, regardless of money or fame.

And, once you get there, the rest is just icing on the cake. Because success always follows success.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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