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15 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently

15 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently

No matter what they are doing, people who are highly effective have a different way of doing things than the average person who is not so effective. That is what makes them so effective. You can do those same things, just by doing what they do.

1. They Visualize their Lives

Effective people know what they want, and they visualize and plan ways to get the things they want. Average people sit around hoping what they want will come to them. Stop procrastinating, figure out what you want, and how to get it.

2. They Don’t Take On More than they Can Handle

Everyone has their limits, even effective people. They complete one task before starting the next. Focus your attention on one thing at a time, and you will be more effective.

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3. They Volunteer

Effective people are the first to volunteer for a job. They know this is their chance to learn something new, impress their superiors, and to meet new people. You can do the same.

4. They don’t Focus on Time

When effective people are given tasks, they don’t get stressed about time limits. Because of this, they can focus on the task at hand and get it done.

5. They Stay Healthy

Effective people know they need to exercise and eat right, and compliment their diets with healthy supplements. Learn more about the best supplements through Supplement Reviews.

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6. They are Humble

Effective people can admit to their mistakes, and are humble. When they have done something wrong, they apologize, and they mean it. They are not arrogant, and they are forgiving, appreciating and learning from others.

7. They ask the Right Questions

In order to get ahead, effective people know that they have to ask questions. When you ask questions, you learn. This makes you more productive, and you will be more positive about the work you are doing.

8. They Say “No”

Effective people know that they can’t do it all, and sometimes they just have to say “no” to others. Don’t be afraid to say no if you don’t feel that you have the time or skills for certain tasks.

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9. They Finish what they Start

Effective people don’t quit a project until it is completed. Even if they don’t enjoy what they are doing, they see it through to the end. You can be effective by making yourself do the same thing.

10. They Take Time for Themselves

Just because someone is busy and wealthy, it doesn’t mean that they are effective. Everyone needs to be able to relax and enjoy life. Schedule time periods that are just for you, so you don’t get burned out.

11. They take Ownership of their Failures

No one can do everything, and we all fail at things from time to time. The difference between effective people and average people is that effective people take ownership of their failures, and learn from them.

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12. They Know How to Communicate

Effective people are good at communicating. They also work hard to ensure that they continue being good at this. They know how to hold their tempers, and how to keep their emotions in check when communicating with others.

13. They Don’t Get Bored, and they Don’t Complain

No one likes a complainer, and it is the complainers who end up bored and unhappy in life. Get off the couch, and get out there doing the things you love. Effective people get things done.

14. They Pick their People

Effective people don’t waste their time with people who bring them down. They stick with those who they want to have in their lives, people who are like-minded and positive. Look at your relationships, and ask yourself if any of them are holding you back from being everything you can be.

15. They Find Solutions

Effective people don’t see problems. They see solutions to problems. Average people see the problems and become overwhelmed by them. When you meet an obstacle, meet it head on, and figure out how to get past that obstacle.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Your Problem Solving Skills

Have you ever thought of yourself as a problem solver? I’m guessing not. But in reality, we are constantly solving problems. And the better our problem solving skills are, the easier our lives are.

Problems arise in many shapes and forms. They can be mundane, everyday problems, or larger more complex problems:

What to have for dinner tonight?

Which route to take to work?

How to fix a project that’s running behind schedule?

How to change from an uninspiring job to a career you’re really passionate about?

Every day, you’ll be faced with at least one problem to solve. But it gets easier when you realize that problems are simply choices. There’s nothing ‘scary’ about them other than having to make a decision.

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No matter what job you’re in, where you live, who your partner is, how many friends you have, you will be judged on your ability to solve problems. Because problems equal hassles for everyone concerned. And people don’t like hassle. So the more problems you can solve, the less hassle all-round, the happier people are with you. Everyone wins.

Why Are Problem Solving Skills Important?

Problem is something hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task, a situation, or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to problems.

Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make, and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., are all great problems solvers. Good parents, teachers, doctors and waiters all have to be good at solving different sort of problems as well.

Problem solving skills are for our everyday lives.

How to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Most people believe that you have to be very intelligent in order to be a good problem solver, but that’s not true.

You don’t have to be super smart to be a problem solver, you just need practice.

When you understand the different steps to solve a problem, you’ll be able to come up with great solutions.

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1. Focus on the Solution, Not the Problem

Neuroscientists have proven that your brain cannot find solutions if you focus on the problem.[1] This is because when you focus on the problem, you’re effectively feeding ‘negativity,’ which in turn activates negative emotions in the brain. These emotions block potential solutions.

I’m not saying you should ‘ignore the problem,’ instead, try to remain calm. It helps to first, acknowledge the problem; and then, move your focus to a solution-oriented mindset where you keep fixed on what the ‘answer’ could be, rather than lingering on ‘what went wrong’ and ‘who’s fault it is’.

2. Adapt 5 Whys to Clearly Define the Problem

5 Whys is a problem solving framework to help you get to the root of a problem.

By repeatedly asking the question “why” on a problem, you can dig into the root cause of a problem, and that’s how you can find the best solution to tackle the root problem once and for all. And it can go deeper than just asking why for five times.

For example:

If the problem is “always late to work”…

  • Why am I late to work?
    I always click the snooze button and just want to go on sleeping.
  • Why do I want to go on sleeping?
    I feel so tired in the morning.
  • Why do I feel tired in the morning?
    I slept late the night before, that’s why.
  • Why did I sleep late?
    I wasn’t sleepy after drinking coffee, and I just kept scrolling my Facebook feed and somehow I couldn’t stop.
  • Why did I drink coffee?
    Because I was too sleepy at work in the afternoon, not having enough sleep the night before.

So there you see, if you didn’t try to dig out the root of the problem, you may just set a few more alarms and have it beep every five minutes in the morning. But in fact, the problem you need to solve is to quit Facebook surfing endlessly at night so you’ll feel more energetic in the day time, and you won’t even need coffee.

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3. Simplify Things

As human beings, we have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be! Try simplifying your problem by generalizing it.

Remove all the details and go back to the basics. Try looking for a really easy, obvious solution – you might be surprised at the results! And we all know that it’s often the simple things that are the most productive.

4. List out as Many Solutions as Possible

Try to come up with ‘ALL POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS’ – even if they seem ridiculous at first. It’s important you keep an open mind to boost creative thinking, which can trigger potential solutions.

Coming from 10 years in the corporate advertising industry, it is drummed into you that ‘No idea is a bad idea’ and this aids creative thinking in brainstorms and other problem-solving techniques.

Whatever you do, do not ridicule yourself for coming up with ‘stupid solutions’ as it’s often the crazy ideas that trigger other more viable solutions.

5. Think Laterally

Change the ‘direction’ of your thoughts by thinking laterally. Pay attention to the saying,

‘You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging it deeper.”

Try to change your approach and look at things in a new way. You can try flipping your objective around and looking for a solution that is the polar opposite!

Even if it feels silly, a fresh and unique approach usually stimulates a fresh solution.

6. Use Language That Creates Possibility

Lead your thinking with phrases like ‘what if…’ and ‘imagine if…’ These terms open up our brains to think creatively and encourage solutions.

Avoid closed, negative language such as ‘I don’t think…’ or ‘But this is not right…’.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing scary about a problem when you start to adapt my advice.

Try not to view problems as ‘scary’ things! If you think about what a problem really is, it’s really just feedback on your current situation.

Every problem is telling you that something is not currently working and that you need to find a new way around it.

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So try to approach problems neutrally – without any judgment. Practice focusing on defining a problem, keep calm and not to make things too complicated.

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Reference

[1] Planet of Success: Problem vs Solution Focused Thinking

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