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5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success

5 Key Principles For Finding Your Way To the Greatest Success
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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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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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