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3 Things Highly Successful People Want You To Know

3 Things Highly Successful People Want You To Know

It’s great to have ancestors and already successful people to guide us and share their advice on success. Imagine having no one to rely on, or worse, nothing written to lead us to something we all strive for – success. It would be a total disaster.

However we (the new generation) rely on the beautifully combined technology called the Internet, and we can connect and find every sentence ever said or written by the successful people. Just the fact that we can read about other people’s success can make our way much easier.

I’ve found three things highly successful people wish they knew earlier and shared their words with the world, hoping to ease the way of many young and mature people who try to break their way through and find the authentic way to success.

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1. “Always be authentic and true to yourself and your beliefs” – Kay Krill, president and CEO of ANN Inc

“The advice I would have given to my college self and any young person entering the workforce today would be to always be authentic and true to yourself and your beliefs. Do not get sidetracked with advice from others that your gut tells you is wrong. By doing this, you will have the clarity of mind to always do the right thing for the business and for yourself.”

We would have to be true to our consciousness all the time. No advice from other people, no fake beliefs and no sidetracking. You know what’s best for you. Keep doing that because other people might know what’s best for them, but your vision and beliefs differ. Share your uniqueness in your own way; don’t let other “guts” take over yours.

2. “Don’t wait for doors to open. Open them yourself” – Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company

“If I could give my younger self career advice, it would be this: Don’t wait for doors to open. Open them yourself by being persistent and thinking strategically about your career. Plan your career destination, develop a personal mission statement, and build relationships with sponsors and mentors.

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“And above all, network, because networking is working. Your ability will only take you so far. Your relationships will take you the rest of the way.”

Open your own doors. Don’t wait for the automatic sliding doors to open. There is no such a thing in the real world. Work hard and think about your career, upgrade, and take action. Networking is the new way of connecting with people out there. You can’t present your vision only by yourself. You’ve got to find your own ability, build relationships around it, and the path will take you the rest of the way.

3. “Follow your purpose and passion” – Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon

 

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“What I wish I would have known is that everything will change and eventually work out in your career when you follow your purpose and passion. Don’t get too caught up in the ‘plan’ that you have.

“As a mentor once shared with me, especially when you are young, each career move and choice you make won’t be your last, and you can always course correct, so don’t waste too much time overanalyzing the next few steps. Take a risk, be the best at the job that you can be, help others along the way, and the next right thing will present itself.”

Following your purpose and passion is a must. What Kat Cole’s mentor was trying to say is that we need to do things related to our passion or purpose and the way will reveal itself. We all think we have “the big mastermind plan” that is going to be a success, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Don’t get caught in the fantasies of your perfect plan, just take some steps forward and don’t overanalyze the next ones.

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Pursue your passion with a passion! Be persistent and don’t let anyone or thing distract you from your mission.

Featured photo credit: Called to Serve / Jeremy Hall via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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