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How To Hustle: 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Hustlers

How To Hustle: 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Hustlers

Massive success is reserved for confident people who take action swiftly and decisively. Or, as Abraham Lincoln put it, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you’d like to be more successful, I invite you to discover how to hustle with these ten habits of highly successful hustlers.

1. Help People

Highly effective hustlers don’t fall into the trap of seeing potential customers as people who can be coerced, deceived, manipulated or ripped off. While these strategies could prove to be profitable in the short-term, they are doomed for failure in the long-term. Because, believe it or not, people aren’t happy when they discover they have been lied to. Highly effective hustlers know the way to build a sustainable business is by caring, helping, providing value and offering innovative solutions to customers’ problems that are more relevant and/or helpful than anything else on the market.

2. Make Friends

Highly effective hustlers don’t see their field as a dog-eat-dog world where every other person is a competitor to be “destroyed” or “eliminated.” While there is nothing wrong with healthy competition, such a negative worldview will repulse people in their network who could turn into wonderful friends or mentors. Highly effective hustlers know that a solid network is a must for their success, because they are only one person (a flawed one at that!). Given this reality, they aim to have at least one mentor who is willing to offer guidance and give them the occasional push in the right direction, along with a handful of like-minded friends to bounce their ideas off of.

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3. Eliminate Distractions

Highly effective hustlers know their business isn’t going to build itself while they refresh their Facebook feed for the hundredth time today. They identify the biggest time-wasting activities that eat up most of their time (while offering the least satisfaction), and eliminate them without mercy. If that means unsubscribing from every unnecessary email, disabling all text notifications, silencing their phone, or cutting their cable cord, so be it. While there is nothing wrong with taking time to relax, there is no denying that many folks (maybe even most of them) stagger through a life that is nothing more than a series of distractions that serve no greater purpose; a reality that sounds depressing to any hustler who is pursuing a goal that is bigger than him or herself.

4. Get Focused

Highly effective hustlers can second Ron Swanson’s statement, “Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” While they might juggle more than one long-term project at a time, they are avid single-taskers who become possessed by the task at hand, sometimes finding themselves in a state of “flow” where time becomes meaningless. 

5. Improve Daily 

Highly effective hustlers are followers of the “Kaizen” philosophy and strive to continuously improve every day. If personal growth isn’t pursued, they know it is awfully easy to find themselves living in a state of monotony, where progress stagnates and inspiration dies.

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6. Think Big

Highly effective hustlers aren’t afraid of pursuing an idea that is bigger than themselves. When stress or doubt clouds their judgment, they take a deep breath and remind themselves, “If it was meant to be easy, everybody would do it.”

7. Play Chess

Highly effective hustlers play chess while everybody else plays checkers. They are outstanding strategists who are capable of foreseeing every likely outcome of their actions, and are thus prepared for whatever possibility life might throw at them.

8. Are Authentic

Highly effective hustlers embrace their true selves, no matter how awkward or weird certain things about them might be. They know that nobody wants to work with a phony, so they embrace total authenticity, creating a genuine emotional connection that is unique and special to every person they work with.

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9. Fail Often

Highly effective hustlers don’t stress out about making mistakes, because they know that failure is the most effective teacher in existence. They probably are familiar with the Thomas Edison quote, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” If Thomas Edison was persistent enough to keep trying after failing over a thousand times, highly effective hustlers can succeed despite the occasional mistake.

10. Never Surrender

Highly effective hustlers can get behind the mantra, “You don’t lose until you quit, so don’t quit.” They know that success isn’t “quick” or “easy” for anybody, so they let go of their need for instant gratification, and practice patience with the process.

I hope this article helps you discover how to hustle and achieve your goals. Which of these habits do you plan to put in practice right now? Tell us in the comments. Or, if you consider yourself a highly effective hustler and have a habit you would add to this list, you’re welcome to tell us all about it. Happy hustling!

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Featured photo credit: Jay-Z/DWNews via flickr.com

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Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

There’s no denying that goals are necessary. After all, they give life meaning and purpose. However, goals don’t simply achieve themselves—you need to write an action plan to help you reach your goals.

With an action plan, you’ll have a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, what it will take to get there, and how you’ll find the motivation to keep driving forward. Without creating a plan, things have a way of not working out as you waver and get distracted.

With that in mind, here’s how you can set goals and action plans that will help you achieve any personal goal you’ve set.

1. Determine Your “Why”

Here’s a quick experiment for you to try right now: Reflect on the goals you’ve set before. Now, think about the goals you reached and those you didn’t. Hopefully, you’ll notice a common theme here.

The goals you were successful in achieving had a purpose. Those goals you failed to accomplish did not. In other words, you knew why you put these goals in place, which motivated you to follow through.

Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Finding Purpose for You and Your Team, explains:

“Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best. When you can do that, you’ll have a point of reference for everything you do going forward.”

That, in turn, enables better decision-making and clearer choices.

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I’ll share with you a recent example of this in my life. Earlier this year, I decided to make my health a bigger priority, specifically losing weight. I set this goal because it gave me more energy at work, improved my sleep, and helped me be a better father—I really didn’t care for all that wheezing every time I played with my kids.

Those factors all gave me a long-term purpose, not a superficial short-term goal like wanting to look good for an event.

Before you start creating an action plan, think about why you’re setting a new goal. Doing so will guide you forward on this journey and give you a North Star to point to when things get hard (and they inevitably will).

2. Write Down Your Goal

If you really want to know how to create an action plan for goals, it’s time to get your goals out of your head and onto a piece of paper. While you can also do this electronically through an app, research has found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goal if it’s written down[1].

This is especially true for business owners. If they don’t schedule their time, it’ll be scheduled for them.[2]

When you physically write down a goal, you’re accessing the left side of the brain, which is the literal, logical side. As a result, this communicates to your brain that this is something you seriously want to do.

3. Set a SMART Goal

A SMART goal pulls on a popular system in business management[3]. That’s because it ensures the goal you’ve set is both realistic and achievable. It can also be used as a reference to guide you through your action plan.

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Use SMART goals to create a goal action plan.

     

    By establishing a SMART goal, you can begin to brainstorm the steps, tasks, and tools you’ll need to make your actions effective.

    • Specific: You need to have specific ideas about what you want to accomplish. To get started, answer the “W” questions: who, what, where, when, and why.
    • Measurable: To make sure you’re meeting the goal, establish tangible metrics to measure your progress. Identify how you’ll collect the data.
    • Attainable: Think about the tools or skills needed to reach your goal. If you don’t possess them, figure out how you can attain them.
    • Relevant: Why does the goal matter to you? Does it align with other goals? These types of questions can help you determine the goal’s true objective — and whether it’s worth pursuing.
    • Time-bound: Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly target, deadlines can motivate us to take action sooner than later.

    Learn more about setting a SMRT goal here: How to Set SMART Goal to Make Lasting Changes in Life

    4. Take One Step at a Time

    Have you ever taken a road trip? You most likely had to use a map to navigate from Point A to Point B. The same idea can be applied to an action plan.

    Like a map, your action plan needs to include step-by-step instructions on how you’ll reach your goal. In other words, these are mini goals that help you get where you need to go.

    For example, if you wanted to lose weight, you’d consider smaller factors like calories consumed and burned, minutes exercised, number of steps walked, and quality of sleep. Each plays a role in weight loss.

    This may seem like a lot of work upfront, but it makes your action plan seem less overwhelming and more manageable. Most importantly, it helps you determine the specific actions you need to take at each stage.

    5. Order Your Tasks by Priority

    With your action steps figured out, you’ll next want to review your list and place your tasks in the order that makes the most sense. This way, you’re kicking things off with the most important step to make the biggest impact, which will ultimately save time.

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    For example, if you have a sedentary job and want to lose weight, the first step should be becoming even a little more active. From there, you can add more time to your workout plan.

    The next step could be changing your diet, like having a salad before dinner to avoid overeating, or replacing soda with sparkling water.

    Learn these tips to prioritize better: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

    6. Schedule Your Tasks

    Setting a deadline for your goal is a must; it prevents you from delaying the start of your action plan. The key, however, is to be realistic. It’s highly unlikely, for example, that you’ll lose 20 pounds within two weeks. It’s even less likely that you’ll keep it off.

    What’s more, you should also assign tasks a start and end date for each action step you’ve created, as well as a timeline for when you’ll complete specific tasks. Adding them to your schedule ensures that you stay focused on these tasks when they need to happen, not letting anything else distract you.

    For example, if you schedule gym time, you won’t plan anything else during that time frame.

    Beware the temptation to double-book yourself—some activities truly can be combined, like a run while talking to a friend, but some can’t. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you can both write and catch up on Netflix simultaneously.

    While you can use a paper calendar or planner, an online calendar may be a better option. You can use it to set deadlines or reminders for when each step needs to be taken, and it can be shared with other people who need to be in the know (like your running buddy or your mentor).

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    7. Stay on Track With Healthy Habits

    Without healthy habits, it’s going to be even more challenging to reach your goal. You could hit the gym five days a week, but if you’re grabbing burgers for lunch every day, you’re undoing all your hard work.

    Let’s say your goal is more career-oriented, like becoming a better public speaker. If you practice your speeches at Toastmasters meetings but avoid situations where you’ll need to be unrehearsed—like networking gatherings or community meetings—you’re not helping yourself.

    You have to think about what will help transform you into the person you want to be, not just what’s easiest or most comfortable.

    8. Check off Items as You Go

    You may think you’ve spent a lot of time creating lists. Not only do they help make your goals a reality, but lists also keep your action plan organized, create urgency, and help track your progress. Because lists provide structure, they reduce anxiety.

    There’s something else special about lists of tasks completed. When you cross off a task in your action plan, your brain releases dopamine[4]. This reward makes you feel good, and you’ll want to repeat this feeling.

    If you crossed out on your calendar the days you went to the gym, you’d want to keep experiencing the satisfaction of each bold “X.” That means more motivation to go the gym consistently.

    9. Review and Reset as Necessary

    Achieving any personal goal is a process. Although it would be great if you could reach a goal overnight, it takes time. Along the way, you may experience setbacks. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, schedule frequent reviews—daily, weekly, or monthly—to see how you’re progressing.

    If you aren’t where you’d hoped to be, you may need to alter your action plan. Rework it so you’re able to reach the goal you’ve set.

    The Bottom Line

    When you want to learn how to set goals and action plans—whether you want to lose weight, learn a new skill, or make more money—you need to create a realistic plan to get you there. It will guide you in establishing realistic steps and time frames to achieve your goal. Best of all, it will keep you on track when you stumble, and we all do.

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