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7 Things Successful People Do That They Will Never Tell You!

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7 Things Successful People Do That They Will Never Tell You!

We all desire to be successful in every walk of life. 
Some of us might have read about the life story and hardships our idols experienced before acquiring name and fame.

The curtain is now raised, so let’s take a peek into things that successful people do that they will never tell you:

1. They have weird routines

Some of us may have read about the weird sleep and work routines of highly successful people.
While some successful people develop innovative ideas when asleep, some derive ideas by refusing to sleep!

Very few of us might know that Thomas Edison slept for hardly three hours per day!
Did you know that Beethoven developed ideas in his bathroom.
Some people prefer being completely solitary during work time.

2. They are ALWAYS positive

Highly successful people try spending most of their time with positive minded people. They don’t have time to waste with people who always focus on negative things. Not only that, successful people focus on positive aspects when undergoing rough patches in life.

3. They believe in themselves

We all have certain dreams and perceptions.

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However, when the dreams and perceptions are shattered, successful people look at things through beginner’s eyes and view it as a new opportunity.

This is useful to all of us in the long run.

4. They accept criticism

Successful people are open minded so as to accept honest feedback as well as criticism from people.
They view it positively and focus on improving themselves.

5. They visualize success

Whatever the short or long term goal may be, highly successful people always visualize their success even before achieving it.
They keep reminding themselves what exactly they need to achieve.

6. They are humble and philanthropic

Being humble and down-to-earth is by far a very peculiar sign of highly successful people.
They never boast about their achievements and continue life in the routine way.
Also, successful people are engaged in philanthropic activities, to improve lives of several needy people.
They believe they have gained a lot from the society.
On achieving success, they feel good sharing it back with the society.

7. They follow their heart

They remain true to their original self without worrying about others’ opinions.
They never try to be what ‘others’ want them to be and always follow their heart.

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Not only that, they do laugh at themselves;
fail many times;
never hesitate to ask help from others when needed;
accept their shortcomings;
dream big!

They stretch themselves beyond their comfort zone.

Useful tips to become successful:

– Sometimes, it is just about overcoming your fears and taking risks in life. If you avoid taking risk, you may not discover your capabilities .Never be afraid of failure, it’s very important in finding success.

– Fail with an attitude.

– Follow a healthy routine, exercise regularly, eat well, laugh a lot, sleep peacefully, stop worrying.

– Sometimes, one needs to stop worrying about things beyond control.

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– Look for and find opportunities where others give up.

– Take complete responsibility for your actions and outcomes or lack of them.

– Try being proactive instead of being reactive.

– Be sure about yourself and your deeds.

– Your looks, your dress does not determine your worth.

– Learn to swim against the tide.

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– As in, have guts to follow only your heart and not the crowd!

– Do not take life seriously, learn to have fun as well!

– They don’t justify failure.

While unsuccessful people keep cribbing about their growing age, their health problems, their poor time management, their lack of luck, their bosses and their lack of opportunities, successful people are busy finding ways to overcome their challenges.

 

On this note, read these words from Eleanor Roosevelt:

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“Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.”

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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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