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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.

Featured photo credit: Spyros Papaspyropoulos via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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