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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 October 22, 2019

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

4. Get up and Move

We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

The Bottom Line

It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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