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10 Things Successful People Hate Hearing The Most

10 Things Successful People Hate Hearing The Most

Being successful requires getting stuff done. When we are busy kicking butt and achieving goals, we don’t need to hear any of the haters. Here are ten things successful people never want to hear.

1. Why do I have to do this?

This classic shows that the individual is not committing 100% to their task. We can’t always get assigned our ideal task; sometimes you just have to suck it up and take whatever task needs to be completed. Don’t waste time whining about it, if you just get going you can always find the virtue in whatever the task may be. Here is an alternative, “I’m not sure this task is the first one I would pick, but I know the challenge will be good for me.”

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2. There is no way this can be done!

If you are working on a project and a difficult portion comes up, this sort of impossibility mindset is counterproductive. Sure it might take some work, but there are virtually no problems without any kind of solution. Successful people don’t need to waste time with this negative comment. The more positive the mindset, the easier reaching goals becomes. Try this instead, “These seems like quite a challenge to me. I am excited to see what solutions we can produce.”

3. I don’t want any feedback

Feedback is key to our growth. We need to have input from others in order to identify our strengths and weaknesses. Successful people thrive on giving and receiving feedback. Saying no to such an opportunity is foolish to the eyes of a successful individual. Instead of turning down feedback try seeing it as an opportunity, “I’d be glad to hear what areas you think I can improve in.”

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4. I have no idea what I did with my time today

Successful people know that time is an incredibly valuable asset. If a whole day slips away and you don’t even know what happened, you are clearly not prioritizing time. That’s just a waste. Get it together and find some tools to help here. Try phrasing your predicament in a more opportunistic way, “I felt like my time was not spent productively today. I am going to begin monitoring my time more carefully to evaluate the situation.”

5. I just did it because it was easy

Sometimes taking the path of least resistance is the best option; however, shortcuts can lead to inferior quality work. Doing the easy thing may be the best choice, but there should be some additional reasons behind your choice to take the easiest option. If you can give one or two reasons for taking the shortcut, you may be on the path to success. If the only reason you have is it was easiest, you may need to rethink things.

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6. Everything has to be perfect

Striving for perfection might be noble, but it can definitely inhibit progress. It’s unrealistic to expect people to execute everything to the highest level of perfection. Successful people prefer to prioritize trying your best rather than perfect performance every time. Go for the more positive, “It may not be perfect, but if it’s the best I can produce, it will be great.”

7. I tried it before and it didn’t work

Dwelling on previous mistakes doesn’t help. Its good to evaluate the past and learn what you can, but getting stuck on it simply doesn’t help. Instead try, “That last mistake taught me something and I am going to make sure I use it to better inform my future choices.”

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8. This is going to take way too long. We should give up

Negativity is draining. Successful people don’t have time to be around such energy. While a particular method may be too time consuming to be practical, constructive discussion is a lot better than overt negativity. Try this instead, “I think this solution might take more time to develop. Perhaps we can find a more time efficient solution.”

9. Yes, Yes, Yes. I will do all the things

Successful people realize they have a finite amount of time to accomplish their goals in any given day. No one can possibly do everything all at once. While saying yes to everything might seem agreeable, it is simply unrealistic. Spreading yourself too thin doesn’t help anyone. Try diplomatically turning down tasks which are too much given your time and priorities, “I would like to help with that, but I have several other high priorities projects right now. Can we find another solution?”

10. I don’t want to work with Suzy because she was sloppy last time

Successful people don’t have time for that kind of nonsense. People sometimes make mistakes, but the past is the past. Instead try spending some time prior to starting the project to identify potential problem areas for everyone, “For this project paying careful attention to detail is key for everyone.” This gives everyone a fair shot at doing their best and keeping problem areas in mind.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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