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10 Things Extraordinary People Don’t Do

10 Things Extraordinary People Don’t Do
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We all observe astonishing things happening around us, and the people behind them. We want to know how we can follow them. Sometimes we think this success is unattainable, yet some people seem to get ahead, no matter what. They aren’t certainly cleverer, more creative or hard working than many others. Still, they accomplish bigger things than their peers.

I would say there are lessons here that have the power to radically change your life over a period of time. These extraordinary successes become extraordinary by avoiding, escaping and neglecting a few unusual things. Here are some of the things extraordinary people don’t do habitually:

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1. They don’t look at short-term goals

Extraordinary people foresee not what is attainable, possible or feasible, but rather what is impossible. Achieving something extraordinary is not a short-term project. So, it’s important to look at the big picture, thinking about where you’d like to be in one, five or even ten years from now.

2. They don’t forget to examine daily plans

Extraordinary people write down their aims, they make plans and strategize to accomplish them every day.  They pay attention to a daily routine of goal setting and focus on reaching them.

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3. They don’t hesitate to compliment

A courageous, extraordinary person knows the strength of others.  He passes honest admiration whenever possible.  To be a successful and respected person, start observing what you like and admire about others. By doing this, you will be actually making an investment that doesn’t cost you anything but in return you will get astonishing results.

4. They don’t quit something worthwhile

Sometimes, there are things that are worth the chance and when you find them, nothing can match your success. Successful people can identify what is worth to have and visualize the perfect path to success. In fact, more or less all extraordinary people we know in business, sport and entertainment have failed. A lot of them have failed many times but they never gave up. Effective people are able to pick worth things in a project, they recognize them and carry on trying.

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5. They don’t stop sharing something great

Extraordinary people unconditionally share their success, knowledge and information that could be beneficial to the individual associated with them. They engage with and help each other, suggesting books, videos for motivation, answering questions and providing support, no matter how distinctive the goals of each person are.

6. They don’t go against their values

Extraordinary people know who they are and stay true to their values.  They choose goals that are lined up with themselves and recognize that their values influence their principles and their principles influence their expectations and their expectations influence their approach and their approach influences their movements and actions.

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7. They don’t hesitate to help

Exceptional leaders know the difference between “I want to help” and “How can I help?” Many people hesitate to ask for help and take it as a sign of weakness. Great people find ways to help others. They offer help in such way that gives an impression of cooperation, not superior or complimentary. They portray the behavior they want their employees to display.

8. They don’t waste their time

Effective people manage the use of their time.  They give a specific time to work on accomplishing goals and they protect themselves against time wasting activities.  Rather than live a life of continuous interruption, they apply time management, ordering and prioritize their most valuable asset – Time

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9. They don’t focus on themselves

Extraordinary people don’t focus on themselves, but they leave a legacy. They set examples to be remembered for something positive. So, to be a successful and extraordinary person who’s remembered, leave a positive impression during all interactions.

10. They don’t undervalue small things

Extraordinary people learn to delegate themselves effectively. They find success in life by paying attention to the small things rather than to the larger things.  Getting organized to finish little projects in progress is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t handle small things, you can never focus on the big things.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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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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