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10 Qualities That Will Make You Successful

10 Qualities That Will Make You Successful

So what exactly is the recipe to make you successful?

While we’d all love to throw in a cup of this or a dash of that, it’s not that straightforward. However, there are 10 qualities that all successful people have.  Find the perfect mix of all ten ingredients below, combine, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Resilience

Let’s face it: there will always be times of uncertainty in our lives. The difference is how you handle them. You can go ahead and make decisions to make sure you have an illusion of security, or be willing to dive into the unknown.  Being effective in difficult circumstances and setbacks is what will enact change and propel you forward.

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Honesty

Being honest with yourself will allow you to really dig deep and see what it takes to achieve your goals. Are you scared of moving forward with your dream? Acknowledge it. You’d be amazed at how fast forward you will move towards your goal after you do so.

Don’t forget, honesty goes a long way when it comes to others too.  Need help? Ask. Want a job? Be honest in your resume. Your reputation will thank you.

Time Management

Being productive with your time is essential in working towards your goals, professionally and personally.  After all, all work and no play makes a Jack a stressed out and dull boy, right?

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Patience

You might not see immediate results when working towards something long term. You need to trust and see things through, even though there doesn’t seem to be any sort of change happening. People who don’t succeed don’t have the patience to wait and see what happens months or even years from now. If everything came so easily and quickly, then why isn’t everyone successful?

Courage

Behind every successful person exist stories upon stories of failure. While having your best plans blow up in your face is scary, it’s all part of the learning process. If all the most successful people in the world ran away every time they got scared, where do you think they would be today?

Networking

Successful people never venture out on their own. In fact, they would probably tell you that it’s impossible.  Having people who can mentor you, keep you accountable, and talk through your concerns will make or break you. Go out there and start meeting people. Now.

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Passion

What do you truly enjoy in life? Successful people inject passion into what they do. Let’s say you want to start a photography business, but hate having to market yourself. A successful person would work hard at marketing because they know that without clients, they cannot pursue their passion of having a photography business. Try to think about an aspect of your life that you want to change. How can you inject your passion into it?

Vision

Do you have a clear idea of what you want and how to get it? Successful people do. They take the time to clearly outline what they want, and create a strategy to help with that vision.  They also frequently refer to their vision and to their values and strategy in order to succeed in whatever they set their minds to.

Adaptability

Having a plan is definitely important on your road to success. But what if things change? How easily will you move from one set of circumstance to the next? Highly successful people are able to change with every turn and adapt to situations that arise. Will you be one of those people?

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Creating Value For Others

Why would anyone pay attention to you if you don’t have something to offer? Successful people know that they need to build up their skill set, whether it’s career related, or even something as simple as helping a friend out. Figure out what you have to offer to the world, and just do it!

Can you think of any other qualities will help others become successful? Comment below!

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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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