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5 Not Obvious Factors That Damage Your Success Right Now

5 Not Obvious Factors That Damage Your Success Right Now

Are you getting everything you want out of life? If not, it may be because there are some things holding you back. Perhaps you don’t even realize it because you have gotten yourself into such a rut. Often, it is the little known things that keep us from achieving our goals. Are any of these things holding you back?

1. Not Measuring Success

If you aren’t measuring what you are doing, how can you know if you are actually succeeding at it? You need to use all of the tools available to you that can help you to track sales, leads, and other areas of business. By using free CRM Stride, you will be able to see where you are doing well, and which areas need improvement. The more you can see, the easier it is to tell if you are succeeding.

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2. Fear of Failure

Everyone fails at something in their lives, and the sooner you get used to that idea, the better, because you won’t be so afraid to fail. We can learn a lot from failure, and it helps us to get things right the next time. This is the key. If you don’t learn from mistakes and use what you learn to your advantage, you are holding yourself back from true success. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t be afraid to let your failures teach you valuable lessons.

3. Negative Thinking

Did you know that approximately four-fifths of everything you think is negative? We have as many as 50,000 thoughts a day, so that’s a lot of negative thinking going on. The trick is to learn how to recognize those negative thoughts, and turn them around into something more positive. One way to do this is to wear an elastic band on your wrist for a month. Every time you notice yourself thinking negative thoughts, give your wrist a snap with the elastic. This is going to make it easier for you to recognize the negative thoughts, and to correct them.

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4. Self-Criticism and Self-Doubt

If you are always putting yourself down, you are never going to let yourself succeed, because you won’t have the self-confidence that it takes to do so. Don’t keep telling yourself that you are no good at something, because after a while, you are going to believe it. When you don’t believe in yourself, you are not going to be the success you deserve to be. In addition to not putting yourself down, don’t put others down. Try not to be negative about yourself or others; instead, be encouraging and positive, and you’ll be a lot happier in life. Don’t doubt yourself either. The minute you start to doubt yourself, you will talk yourself into failure. When you doubt yourself, you end up holding yourself back needlessly.

5. Procrastination

When you put things off, you don’t reach your goals. We all procrastinate, but some of us do it a lot more than others. You are never going to get what you want out of life if you are constantly procrastinating. You need to take action in order to get the things you want, and there is no time like the present to get up and start doing them.

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If you are not where you want to be in life, you should sit down and take a good long look at what you are doing. Are you doing any of these things that could be holding you back from having the life you want and deserve? If so, it is never too late to change and start getting the most out of everything you do in life.

Featured photo credit: mAy 369 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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