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10 Habits of Highly Respected People

10 Habits of Highly Respected People

In a world where character and integrity becomes rarer when we find someone who embodies such scarce elements we admire and respect them. What is scarce is revered and valued. That is why highly respected people are successful in maintaining certain values and inspiring others around them. However it is important to know that like a monumental structure these habits that shape highly respected people are not cultivated overnight but with consistency and perseverance. Here are 10 habits of highly respected people.

1. They are accessible

They are reachable, approachable and are willing to connect. They do not build gigantic walls around themselves rather they build bridges to connect with others and to forge relationships.

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2. They are grateful

They are not too caught up in their lives or their activities to say thank you or send an appreciative note. Highly respected are grateful to the efforts or good gestures of others. They are not caught up in their world or in their personal image not to brighten another person’s day by saying “thank you.”

3. They are passionate

They follow their hearts rather than the opinion of others. They are excited about what they do not to fall for the misconceptions or conventional opinions of the people around them. Rather than being victims of the world around them, they are passionate enough to inspire and influence the passions and creativity of others.

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4. They are courteous

They understand that they do not need to ask or request for respect. They understand that they have to earn it. Thus they reach out to everyone they can with a respectful approach. They do not single anyone out or offer preferential treatment to some over others. Rather they are willing to acknowledge everyone they meet.

5. They are tactical when they respond to criticism

They don’t respond impulsively or rashly to every comment or criticism fired at them. They understand that to attain the higher ground they do not have take the bait and go toe-to-toe with everyone who throws a punch at them. Thus they are tactful at how they respond to criticism or the naysayers, sometimes not even responding at all could show how matured they are.

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6. They practice what they preach

They do not say one thing or do another. They make sure their lives reflect what they preach and inspire others through their actions rather than words. They know that talk is cheap and rather than crumble to one scandalous act or another they preserve their reputation and character.

7. They are consistent

They do not just win and earn their respect through a singular act. Rather they keep on striving to get better. They are consistent and continue to strive to meet higher goals. Whether it is in entering a new field or challenging themselves to a different endeavor within their field, they make sure they push themselves to greater heights.

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8. They are willing to make sacrifices

They are not bigger than themselves or have a magnified image of who they are. They want to do something positive to their environment and this may mean wearing the hat of responsibility and taking charge when every other person steps back. Thus they are courageous and never act cowardly.

9. They focus on solutions rather than problems

They are constantly in search for answers on how to better themselves and those who are around. Rather than pointing fingers or playing the victim, they know that it is up to them to make their environment better.

10. They are disciplined

When they have to take a particular channel; they also understand that committing themselves to anything means that they have to wait for rewards. They wouldn’t want to take illegal or shorter routes to their destination. Rather they would go for the one that doesn’t tolerate mediocrity but excellence.

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Last Updated on September 20, 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. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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!

The bottom line

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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