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11 Characteristics of a Highly Effective Mindset

11 Characteristics of a Highly Effective Mindset

Albert Einstein, who is one of the most effective inventors and thinkers in the history of the world, once said there are only two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle … or you can live as if everything is.

Einstein, of course, is talking about the power of your mindset. So here’s my question for you: how would you describe yours?

It’s an important question. Because highly effective people think differently. And this leads them down the path to success.

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Want to learn how to get there? Then start by copying these 11 characteristics of people with highly effective mindsets.

1. They enjoy the present moment.

The past is behind you and the future is impossible to predict. Highly effective people know this, and that’s why they choose to focus on the present. Stop worrying and thinking about what you don’t have. Take a look around you right now at this very moment and realize that life is a gift.

2. They take action.

Elite achievers dream big but start small. They know knowledge is useless without action. When they learn something new, they go apply that knowledge. Action is the only thing that will get you to where you want to be in life.

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3. They accept and embrace challenges.

When people with highly effective mindsets take action, they tackle tough projects first. They want the opportunity to prove themselves and grow stronger and smarter. They definitely don’t back down from challenges.

4. They’re self-disciplined.

Highly effective folks know that anything worth getting in life takes work. So they maintain a rigorous, disciplined level of focus, and they don’t get distracted from their end goals.

5. They remain positive.

Being positive is the “golden key” to a long and happy life. Highly effective people are optimists. They go through tough times too, but they understand the amazing impact a good attitude can have on their health and well-being.

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6. They have a willingness and drive to help others.

Successful people know this to be true: to get what you want in life, you need to help others get what they want. Go out of your way to help people every day. You’ll get much more back than you put in.

7. They are resilient.

Highly effective people know that growth doesn’t happen overnight. They remain resilient even in the face of adversity and stop at nothing to achieve their goals and dreams.

8. They have a passion for learning.

People with highly effective mindsets never stop learning. They soak up as much knowledge as possible. They strive to become experts in their field. They view every day as an opportunity to learn something new, harness their strengths, and improve upon their weaknesses.

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9. They believe in themselves.

Paulo Coelho said, “There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.” This is how you should look at setbacks in your life. Don’t ever lose faith in yourself or your ability to do amazing things in this world. Believe.

10. They have growth mindsets.

In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck says there are two types of mindsets: fixed and growth. If you have a fixed mindset you believe talent and circumstances create success. This leads you to self-handicap yourself. When you have a growth mindset you believe you have the power to change your circumstances by seeking opportunities to grow and get better. If you’re stuck in a fixed mindset, you’re holding yourself back.

11. They take calculated risks.

Whether you want to become your own boss or lose stomach flab, ask yourself this question: will you be better off by never starting or by taking a chance and risking failing?

It’s an easy answer. Take risks in life. It’s the only way to grow.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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