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5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success

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5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success

Great success is very good but like every good thing, it doesn’t come easy. If you want to have great success, you need to get out of your comfort zone and start taking huge steps of faith. There is a popular saying that if the dream you have for your life doesn’t scare you, you probably won’t amount to anything in life. If you have a dream to achieve great things, then this article is for you. I hope that these five principles will put you on the right path to turning your dreams into achievements.

1. Set high but achievable goals

I personally believe that nobody can have great success unless she has clearly defined goals. Goal setting can be defined as the ability to see right now where you want to be in the future. That’s why it is good to dream big and set high goals. Set goals that will drive you, energize you and chase you out of your comfort zone every day. It is also important that you set achievable goals so that you don’t get tired and frustrated. If you get this right, you are already on your way to success.

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2. Take action to do great things

“If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But my all means, keep moving.” – Martin Luther King Jr. It is not enough to set goals. Great success does not come to goal setters, it comes to goal achievers. It is therefore expedient that while you set your goals, you set up a system that will help ensure that all your goals are achieved within the set deadline. This can be done by breaking down your goals into small actions that you can take every day. As you achieve one goal, move to the next. The more you achieve these goals, the more motivation you get to do even more.

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3. Accept, speak and take action for what you believe

If you want to achieve great things in life, you have to shut the door of your mind against both internal and external voices of discouragement and doubt. I have discovered that if you have a very big dream and you want to measure what it takes to really achieve that dream, it always seems impossible. Greatness is not doing or thinking about the ordinary, it is all about going the extra mile and operating in the realm of extraordinary. You have to keep telling yourself that it’s possible. The more you feed your faith, the more your fear disappears and vice versa. You are the only one that can truly motivate yourself to success, no one will do it for you, even your own siblings out of a pure desire to help will tell you to face reality and stop acting like a mad person.

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4. Act with courage and integrity

“We profess to be honest people but are we reliable?” asks Michael Addo, a Ghanian businessman and multi-millionaire. Integrity is very very important whether you are an employee or an employer, a student or a businessman. There are different areas of integrity but I will like to sum up integrity as being whole and undivided, the ability to produce the same results regardless of what environment you find yourself. We have to be accountable to ourselves. We need to cultivate values of honesty and strong moral. Shakespeare says it so well; “To thine own self be true”. I have discovered from experience that when integrity is in place, courage will follow because you know that your words and actions cannot be faulted.

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5. Perform an audit of every action

Every action has consequences and they ought to be taken as such. It is advisable that you measure your action before and after you perform it in order to know exactly the effect of such an action on your life and success. For example, imagine that you decide to walk naked around your street every morning for about 30 days. This kind of act can be beneficial to your identity, that is, the way you see and feel about yourself. It can improve your self esteem and make you a more confident person. On the other hand, this action is harmful to your reputation, the way others see you and feel about you, I’m pretty sure that most people will think you’ve gone crazy. One thing to always remember is that everything matters, every action has consequences.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer 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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