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10 Things High Achievers Don’t Do

10 Things High Achievers Don’t Do

High achievers have high ambitions; they live above situations and never rest on their laurels. They are deeply motivated and follow a set of habits that will drive them to achievements. It is not about settling, it is about going the extra mile to make a lasting impression on everyone else. Here are ten things high achievers don’t do.

They don’t listen to conventional thinking

Most times people may not find this an appealing quality as they find more delight in approaching problems through unconventional paths. They ignore popular advice and channels and take the ideal route that not only appeals to them but assures them of the needed result.

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They don’t associate with underachievers

CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg never fails to thank his teammates for the progress they make as a unit. In order to get more done, achievers do not keep company with underachievers. They understand that success is not only in people but being with the right kind of people. Connections to people of like-minds offer them the needed growth to accomplish their pursuits.

They don’t swing with mediocrity

They commit themselves to excellence and follow through on a goal. According to Vince Lombardi, commitment to excellence is proportional to the quality of one’s life. It is not about your area of expertise, following the path of an achiever requires consistency and an intolerance of mediocrity. Every high achiever is not satisfied with a below par performance because they know how impacting excellence can be.

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They don’t wait for answers

While others will procrastinate, sit down and wait for the moment to be right, achievers go at a goal even when they may seemingly not be ready for the success. They don’t wait for answers, they don’t sit down to do nothing, but rather they get to work daily. They are willing to brainstorm, troubleshoot and get on with whatever will see an answer to a problem.

They don’t see success as being enough

While others are lulled after a particular success or a certain accomplishment, the high achiever sees an accomplishment only as a stepping stone to move to the next climb. He knows that one success is not enough to quench his taste for more success. High achievers do not mind re-inventing or repositioning themselves to make sure they reach the next success.

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They don’t dwell on setbacks

Setbacks can be experienced every now and then. But for the high achiever, failure and obstacle will only trigger their desire to keep pushing. They see setbacks as a part of the process of winning and accomplishing something great.

They don’t clutter their lives

They know how to manage their lives to avoid distractions and focused only on what is at hand. They prioritize. They do not jump aimlessly from one project to another. And if certain things are altering their productivity, they terminate it and concentrate on what will offer them the most obtainable results now.

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They don’t get bored

They pursue their passion, something that excites and interests them. The challenge is always fun to them. It spurs them and it is more like a religion to get their desires attained. This drive will also inspire others to flow in their direction and help them accomplish their dreams.

They don’t wait for opportunities

Waiting for opportunities is like waiting for the rain to pour. They don’t wait rather they make their own rain. Counting and waiting for the right time, event and everything to fall into place hinders the process of getting what they want.

They don’t stay in bed late

Every high achiever wakes up early. They know a lot can be done within those few hours before dawn. Waking up early affords some productivity time to stay ahead of competition. From media mogul Oprah Winfrey, to CEO of Apple, they stay on top of their game by waking up early.

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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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