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10 Common Reasons Most People Fail

10 Common Reasons Most People Fail

Failure is, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of life. While it’s never fun to fail at something, failure offers a good opportunity to grow and learn from your mistakes. However, if you’re finding yourself failing a little more often than you would like, it might be time to address some issues. Here are the top 10 reasons people fail, and how to fix each mistake:

1. They don’t look before they leap.

Sometimes, spontaneity is a good thing. However, it’s often good to do some planning before tackling a big task. For example, don’t go into a music audition without looking at the music first–that sets you up for failure. Instead, practice until you feel ready to perform.

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2. They don’t want it enough.

Often, to get the things you want, you’re going to have to want it really badly. This motivates you to do your absolute best. Try to envision yourself succeeding at whatever you’re working toward. That way, you’ll be pushed to do well.

3. They don’t look for alternatives.

So what if something isn’t working out? Try tackling it from a different angle. You might be surprised how many things you could accomplish if you just tried approaching it in a slightly different way. This gives you a completely new perspective and might end up in success.

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4. They give up.

For some people, failing once means never trying again. But there’s a lot to be said for those who bounce back and keep trying. It shows persistence and often leads to success. Don’t get too discouraged after failing once or twice. Keep going and you’re more likely to get what you want.

5. They don’t have a goal.

You can’t succeed if you don’t know what you want. If you haven’t defined what constitutes a success, you can’t ever reach it. Make sure you have a very clear idea of what success means to you. That way, you have a concrete goal in mind that you can work towards and eventually reach.

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6. They don’t heed advice from others.

Listening to those who have been in your shoes in the past can be very helpful. Reach out to those who understand what you’re going through and have accomplished what you’re working toward. They might just give you a piece of advice that will change your entire view of the problem.

7. They listen to too much advice.

Conversely, listening to too much advice at once can get confusing. Limit yourself to a handful of people who really know what they’re talking about. Chances are, many people who try to dole out advice don’t know much about the subject. Only seek help from people who know exactly what you’re going through and have the skill set to talk about the topic.

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8. They have too many excuses.

Excuses can only get you so far. Instead of making excuses as to why you’re failing, try thinking about what the real reasons are for your failure. The sooner you face these reasons, the sooner you can get back on track to success. Address any major issues and get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

9. They’re all talk and no show.

We all know someone who talks a big game but never follows through. Don’t be that person. Yes, you should plan and talk things out with others, but don’t let that get in the way of actually doing something.

10. They misjudge.

Time, difficulty, monetary investment–a lot of people fail because they haven’t done their homework properly. Before you start a project, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Always overestimate to give yourself some wiggle room.

Featured photo credit: The Wit & Wisdom of Winston – Oct 2010 – Westerham Pub Wall – Those Two Imposters/Gareth Williams via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. Hello promotion, here I come!
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. No, thanks Alzheimer’s; you and I are just not a good fit.

So how to train your brain to learn faster and remember more?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new.

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.” Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

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But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

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Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

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I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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