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10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked

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10 Important Qualities For Success That Are Often Overlooked

When talking about success, people are more focused on strategy, character, and hard work. But they fail to realize that success is absolute, and even smaller details cannot be ignored. To be successful, you have to build a total perspective and outlook on it. Successful people rely on these seldom mentioned qualities as well to step ahead of their rivals.

1. Intuition

Often, successful people say that they followed a gut feeling when they pursued a venture. Truthfully, the facts alone are not sufficient. Sometimes, you have to rely on a sixth sense that will direct you on the course to take. Your intuition offers you an insight into whether or not you are right to make a decision.

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2. Attention

Successful people are attentive. They pay attention to those things that many others are not focusing on. Imagine Warren Buffet buying a particular stock when every other person is selling. To be successful, you have to focus on the details with a keen eye. Stare at those opportunities that every other person is ignoring.

3. Aggression

The noun here is used in a positive context because it takes fierce passion to succeed. You must want it more than others do. When Barbara Cocoran was first denied the opportunity to be a judge on the TV show “Shark Tank”, she reached out to the organizers of the show in a different way and got what she wanted. Sometimes, it just takes an extra push to win.

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4. Mentoring

Well this may have been talked about sometimes. But it has not been emphasized enough. To be successful, having the right mentors to guide you through the process cannot be ignored. You have to identify with someone that will offer you maturity and experience.

5. Values

What values guide you? Are you a person of integrity or not? To be successful, you have to identify with the right values of appreciating hard work, persistence, and sheer grit. There is no short-cut to success, and the right values will direct you.

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6. Relationships

Maintaining relationships and building upon them is very important in becoming who you want to be. Be in the right place at the right time and connect with the right people. You can’t avoid building your communication skills if you want to be successful.

7. Curiosity

Asking the right questions defines your success. You have to be eager to know more and enthusiastic to explore. That is why you see successful people dedicating themselves to learning and seeking answers. They are curious; and here, the cliché “curiosity kills the cat” doesn’t apply. These people only become more successful by being curious.

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8. Patience

Succeeding requires patience and waiting for your hard work to provide rewards. Accepting delayed gratification is an uncommon quality displayed by many top business leaders like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Donald Trump. This one quality will help you save and build your income while you trudge on the journey. It will always wait why you develop your skills to perfection.

9. Innovation

In this lies creativity and ideas. This is a mysterious quality and could trigger the start of something great and eternal. Innovation is the competitive edge between leaders and followers. How much innovation you have will propel your success. Although abundant, many fail to recognize it. Try to tap into your creativity and unleash this quality.

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10. Excellence

Excellence is qualitative and substantive. Excellence is what breeds success. That is why you see many great minds who spend many years perfecting or developing their craft. Excellence is triggered by changing your mindset and approaching every duty as if your success depended on it. Paying attention to detail and running the extra mile shows that you want more out of everything you do. This is why Aristotle referred to excellence many centuries ago as not an act, but a habit.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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