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30 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Going To Be Highly Successful

30 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Going To Be Highly Successful

We all wanted to be the successful people we see in magazines, in newspapers, and on the internet. What qualities do these successful people possess that bring them to their success? All successful people have a set of characteristics and threads that enable them to succeed.

Here are 30 signs that show you are going to be highly successful:

1. You can adapt to change.

There will be times when you know you have to change, in order to move forward when things are not working as well as they use to. You are not affected negatively by any changes that come your way, instead you adapt to the change and are flexible about it.

2. You are not one to complain.

You recognize that complaining is energy draining and it does not bring you to accomplishing any productive solutions in your situation. You choose to focus on resolving the problem instead.

3. You spend your time productively.

You manage your time properly and you are always on time in your meetings and appointments. You plan your time productively so that you can utilize it effectively to accomplish your goals.

4. You are self motivated.

You constantly take action and take initiatives without having to be pushed by others.

5. You never hesitate to do more.

You are willing to do more than the job you have been given. You know that doing more is an opportunity for you to practice more, and also a way to build your reputation.

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6. You are willing to help others.

You understand that everybody needed help at some point. As long as you are able, you are willing to lend a helping hand to others.

7. You forgive.

You do not hold grudges or resent the people who have hurt you in the past. You take the experience as a lesson to be learned and thank them for making you a stronger person.

8. You are happy with the success of others.

You are happy to celebrate their accomplishments. It is a motivator for you.

9. You take every obstacle as a learning opportunity.

You grab the opportunity to learn whenever you face a challenge, because you know that you will gain something from it.

10. You love being around successful people.

You like hanging with successful people — they inspire you and you can gain insight from them.

11. You love unconditionally.

You love to give and you love with no boundary. You know that loving unconditionally is the key to true happiness. You are the happiest when the people you love are happy.

12. You take on responsibilities and never blame.

You recognize that blaming means you are not in control of your situation, so you choose to take control by being responsible for your situation instead.

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13. You love learning new things.

Learning is always one of your top priorities. You know that continually gaining knowledge and information is crucial in order to be up to date in today’s society, so you will never be clueless about what is going on around you.

14. You are curious about other people.

You like to get to know others, as you know that you can always learn from their experiences and gain knowledge from them.

15. You always aim to do better.

You always look towards becoming better at what you do, so you are excited to improve yourself at any given chance.

16. You are willing to let go.

You know that dwelling in the past is unproductive so you let go of what you can’t change, and change what you are able.

17. You are fearless.

You understand that fear is a choice, and you refuse to let fear drag you down. Instead, you choose to be strong and overcome your fear with strength and positivity.

18. You question what you don’t know.

You ask when you are not certain about something. You don’t just leave the question unsolved and slips away, instead you will ask someone who has the information or you will look up the information yourself.

19. You see things in a few different perspectives.

You come out with a few different perspectives to resolve your issue. You are not stuck with one perspective, because you know that in order to resolve your issue, you need to see things in a few different directions so that you can have a clearer view of where you are standing and where you can go.

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20. You work well with others.

You love working with others, and are cooperative. You know the importance of support when accomplishing bigger goals.

21. You are passionate about your pursuits.

You love what you do, and you enjoy every moment you spend working on your pursuit.

22. You understand your strengths and weaknesses.

You recognize what you are good at and polish your strengths. You acknowledge your weaknesses and work to improve them.

23. You acknowledge your mistakes.

You are willing to admit to your fault, and you work harder to be better the next time.

24. You understand the pain of others.

You are compassionate to their suffering. You are able to see their point of view and understand where they are coming from.

25. You are content.

You are grateful for what you have, and thankful to the people who have helped you along the way.

26. You never give up.

Giving up is not an option for you. You know that as long as you keep fighting, you will get to where you want to be someday.

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27. You believe in yourself.

You understand that there will always be ups and downs in life, but you strongly believe that your vision and goals will be achieved eventually.

28. You don’t care what others think of you.

You understand that no matter what you do, there will always be negative people around, and you are not going to be affected by their judgements as long as you know what you are doing is right for you.

29. You take criticism positively.

Criticism is for you, a great resource to improve yourself. You don’t take it personally, and instead, you use it as a guideline to better yourself.

30. You love the person you see in your mirror.

You love yourself. You know the importance of self-love, that in order to be loved by others, you have to love yourself first.

You might not see yourself having all 30 signs at this moment, but don’t worry. You definitely already have some of the qualities right now, and as long as you are constantly working to improve yourself, you will eventually get to the rest of the list. Keep moving positively and you will get better as you go.

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Published on January 16, 2019

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

  • Are you a great strategist?
  • Are you an effective planner?
  • Is Project Management your strength?
  • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
  • Are you the ideas person?
  • Is Implementation your strength?

Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

4. Take Time for Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

You can take the time to think about:

  • What’s the purpose of the project?
  • How Important is it?
  • When does it need to be delivered by?
  • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
  • What are the KPIs?
  • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
  • Who is working on this project?
  • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
  • What tolerances can I add in?
  • What are the review stages?
  • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

5. Focus on Priorities

Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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    The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

    If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

    If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

    6. Take Time Out

    To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

    If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

    Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

    In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

    Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

    7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

    I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

    Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

    If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

    8. Stop Multitasking

    Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

    So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

    When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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    If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

    9. Work in Blocks of Time

    To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

    I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

    Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

    Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

    Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

    Then take another 10-minute break.

    Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

    By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

    10. Get Rid of Distractions

    Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

    “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

    Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

    If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

    11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

    You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

    Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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    Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

    12. Take a Time Audit

    Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

    Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

    You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

    Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

    Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

    At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

    If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

    13. Protect Your Confidence

    It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

    When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

    Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

    When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

    Final Words

    A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

    The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

    If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

    Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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