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10 Things High Achievers Don’t Do

10 Things High Achievers Don’t Do
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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.

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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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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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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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