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10 Qualities That Will Make You Successful

10 Qualities That Will Make You Successful
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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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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