Aug 4, 2014

- 7 Life-Changing Habits That Will Bring You Success

Want to be successful? If you do, then this will be the right article for you. Do you know that success starts from your habits? It is what you do each day that truly matters. You can have big dreams and have the skills and the knowledge. However, if you don’t have the habits to practice it daily, you will never grow and accumulate small successes that will amass over time. Great results are built from small actions that you take every day. It is your habits that will determine who you are and what you can accomplish in the future. Here are the 7 life-changing habits that will bring you success in life…

1. Start Your Day Early

Almost every successful person who accomplishes amazing feat arises early in the day. They wake up extremely early so that they can spend the undisturbed time alone and do their most important tasks – get ready for what is coming during the day. You have to always remember, in order to build outstanding success, you have to always be prepared and start strong. Outstanding leaders and entrepreneurs such as Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Richard Branson of Virgin Group, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Disney CEO Bob Iger, etc, all started their day early. Action: Practice this same habit of waking up early and get ready for what is coming during the day. You may feel uneasy and uncomfortable at first, but you need to overcome it and turn it into a habit. Wake up 15 minutes earlier and gradually improve from there can be a good strategy.

2. Spend 30 Minutes Into Reading

Invest in yourself is one of the most important things that you can do to achieve extraordinary results in life. There is no difference between you and me, we are both the same physically, unless if you are like Nick Vujicic, who was born without limbs. The only difference between us will be our knowledge and our skills. It is our thinking that separates us and makes us who we are today. Therefore, if you want to improve your results, first you have to change the way you think. When you change your thinking and your mindset, you will be able to change the way you make decision. When your decision changed, your action will be different and you will get different results. This is why invest in yourself is so important that even Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are practicing it as a habit. Do you know that reading is one of the easiest habits you can practice to improve the quality of your life? Want to learn how to cook? Learn from a cook book. Want to learn how to invest in the stock market and be financially free? Learn from books and attend seminars for faster result. Action: Practice the habit of reading for at least 30 minutes each day. You can do this either in the morning before you start your day or before you sleep at night. Read relevant books that will improve your knowledge or just read personal development books.

3. Practice The Power Of Five

This is a powerful technique that can give you results over time. Dreaming and thinking about being rich and successful is not going to help unless you act and take action upon your dreams. This technique is so that you will do what is important each day and get you the results you want over time. Every day, write down 5 things that you need to do in order to achieve your goals and do them. You can do more if you have more time, depending on your tasks. Make sure that you do the task so that you will guarantee to get results. More importantly, practice this technique every day until it becomes a habit and you will do it automatically. Action: Each day before you start your day or the night before, write down 5 most important tasks that you need to get done during the day and do it. Do this consistently until it becomes a habit.

4. Praise And Compliment Others

When is the last time you praise and compliment others? Do you know that by complimenting others, you are creating good and positive energy and this energy can surround you and make the whole environment good? Of course, you don’t have to do this on purpose or compliment others for the sake of it. No, you have to praise and compliment from your heart. You want to really feel good about it and do it with integrity. If you are trying to fake it, others may feel it and the effect can be the opposite. Great leaders compliment other people’s good work. If you want to build a strong and successful business, you must lead a great team. And to lead a great team, you have to start from looking at the good things from your team’s effort. Action: Practice the habit of complimenting others by searching for the good in those people in your surrounding. You might want to start with people close to you such as your family, your spouse or your friends. Try to praise them and see the results.

5. Commit To Your Promises

"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." – Warren Buffett So walk your talk and commit to your promises. Once you have promised someone that you will do it, do it with your full commitment. No matter it is in business or in life, if you are someone who break promises, nobody will trust you and no one would want to do business with you. Being ethical and keeping promise are the two characteristics that people look into when they do business with you. Not only that, try to imagine if you promise your spouse to do something but you did not. It may be alright for once. However, if you do it consistently, your relationship may suffer. Whenever you set goals, they are like promises that you make to yourself. So commit to your goals and act on them seriously. Never take this lightly as it is going to determine who you are and where will you be in the future. Action: Decide and commit to your goals from now on. Never do things half-heartedly. Keep all your promises and walk your talk, especially in business.

6. You Can Never Do It Alone

No man is an island. You can never succeed alone. Some people may say that they achieved outstanding results because of what they do, alone, which is not true. Never forget the education that your parents gave you. Never forget the love your family gave you. What about your clients who trust and spend their money with you? So no one can succeed alone. When you understand this principle, you will start to trust others and delegate your work to them. And it is when you start to delegate you will see your business grows, your life move to the next level and you will be a real leader because you are creating opportunities for more people. Never forget your team and the people who get you to where you are when you are the top after you have achieved the result you desire. Action: If you want to build a successful business and create outstanding success in life, build a team. It is not a one-man show.

7. Contribute Back To The Society And The World

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, etc, they all donate and contribute a lot back to the society. You may say that they can do so because they are rich and they have all the wealth. Think about this, do you think it is easier to donate $10 or to donate $100,000? Giving back to the society and tithing is a personality that you must practice from small. If you find it hard to donate even $10, you will never donate $100,000. Those who are already rich and successful able to donate and contribute much more because they already have the habit in them. They started doing so when they are “not there” yet. Action: Start to adopt the habit of tithing and contribute back to the world and the society. You don’t need to wait until you are successful to do so. Start small and make it into a habit. Start today. Shawn Lim is a professional blogger and has been in the personal development industry for more than 7 years. He is the founder of and through his blog, he has encouraged thousands of people to achieve their dreams and move to the higher level in life.

Dec 31, 2013

- What will you make of the blank slate that is 2014?

What can you create? What changes can you make stick?

These are the questions to ask ourselves right now. Imagine a year from now, as we’re finishing 2014 — what new habits will you have then?

You can take the usual approach and make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, and fail at pretty much all of them. Or you can focus on one habit a month, and use proven techniques to make them stick.

At the end of a year, you’ll have 12 new habits. Even if only half of those habits managed to stick, your life would be greatly changed.

May I make a few suggestions?

  • Aim for long-term changes that will have compound interest over the years.
  • Make one change at a time for maximum effectiveness.
  • Find accountability to help yourself stick to the changes.
  • One per month means 12 changes for the year.

Here are the 12 changes I suggest for 2014:

Focus on:

  1. Unprocrastination
  2. Exercise
  3. Meditation
  4. Self-compassion
  5. Wake early
  6. Declutter
  7. Let go of expectations
  8. Simple living
  9. Productivity
  10. Improve relationships
  11. Contentment

Nov 14, 2013

- 23 Ways to Improve Your productivity

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”Leonardo Da Vinci
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.”
Olin Miller
10 years ago I was a big slacker. I procrastinated most of the time and had very few helpful habits for when I actually did some work.
These days things are a different. I usually get more done in a day than I used to get done in a week back then.
So today I would like to share 23 habits that have helped me – and still help me – to make such a big shift in my own life over the past years.

I hope you will find something helpful in this article.
1. Do the most important task of the day first thing in the morning.
Getting the most important task of the day – this is also most often one of the hardest ones – done early in the day will lift a weight off your shoulders. You’ll feel good about yourself and feel less inner resistance towards taking action and getting more things done for the rest of the day.
2. Use a very limited to-do list.
If you have a to-do list with 10 items then it can very easily feel overwhelming. Or you become unfocused or confused about what to work on. Or you procrastinate on the few really important tasks as you work on the rest of the list. So instead, limit your daily to-do list to just 2-3 of the most important items.
I sometimes only have 1 item on my list. But if I get that one done then it usually means more than getting 10 of the less important tasks done.
3. Single-task both work and rest.
Multitasking might feel like you are doing things quicker. But it usually winds up in depleting your energy faster, in several things being done not as well as they could have been and in few things actually being finished.
So instead, do just one thing at a time. No matter what it is that you do during your day, if it is work or something you do while resting and recharging.
It will reduce stress either way.
4. Keep a minimalistic workspace.
I find it is easier to focus on the most important things, to keep the stress away and to single-task when my workspace is simple and uncluttered.
I keep a minimalistic workspace with only a laptop and a glass of water on a black and small wooden desk.
5. Take small steps.
By just focusing on taking one small step at a time you can greatly reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and the impulse to flee into procrastination. So break projects or daily or weekly tasks down into small and actionable steps.
Then single-task it one step at a time.
6. Take even smaller steps when needed.
If you have a small step you want to take but find that you just get lost in procrastination when you think about it then go even smaller.
Find an even smaller step that will move you forward. Perhaps just getting started with your essay for 2 minutes or even just 1. Instead of the 10 or 30 minutes as you had originally planned.
7. Go slow.
One good way to do more focused work is to simply to slow down. To take a step forward but to do it slowly. I have found that by just doing something at a slower pace it also feels less like a mental burden and so I am less likely to procrastinate.
8. Eliminate.
Regularly ask yourself: what tasks can I simply eliminate and not do with few or no consequences? It is easy to just keep doing things because “you should” or because it is what you have always done.
So question how you go about things to free up time, energy and your attention.
There is often room in life to simplify through elimination.
9. Block out the common time-wasting sites online.
When I write then I am usually not even connected to the internet. This greatly reduces the risk of being distracted.
If you have to be online while working then try using an extension for your browser like StayFoucsd or some similar program to block your access to the websites where you know you are likely to waste time or procrastinate.
10. Work in a cone of silence.
Don’t’ stop at being disconnected or with blocking time-wasters online. Shut the door to your office if possible. Shut down instant messaging programs and notifications for new emails. Put your cell phone on silent and put it in a drawer where you can’t see for a while.
Then enjoy the silence and being able to focus with a lot less risk of distractions.
11. Balance fully focused work with fully focused rest.
By doing so you’ll be able to keep your mental sharpness and energy up for the whole day and workweek. I do this by setting my egg-timer for 45 minutes. During those minutes I only focus on the task at hand and it becomes easier to do so because I know that I only have to do it for this limited time period.
When the egg-timer rings I set it for 15 minutes. During those minutes I focus fully on just resting by having a snack, taking a short walk or resting with closed eyes on my couch.
12. Celebrate both small and bigger triumphs.
If you achieve something big then celebrate it by treating yourself to something for example.
And if you have only had small triumphs during the day then still take 2 minutes at the end of it to appreciate and celebrate what you have accomplished.
This will motivate you to get going tomorrow too. And it will make you feel good about yourself and that feeling will spread to the people in your life too.
13. Don’t beat yourself up when things don’t go as planned.
Be kind to yourself and ask yourself: what is one thing I can learn from this?
Use what you can learn to do things better and to avoid making the same mistake in the future. Instead of spending time and energy on regretting the past that you cannot change anyway.
14. Do what you really, really, really want to do.
When you are doing what YOU deep down find fun, exciting, interesting or fulfilling then the motivation tends to come naturally and in big doses. So try to find ways to spend more of your time on doing what you really want to do.
15. Refuel your enthusiasm regularly.
On some days the enthusiasm may be lacking. If so, try to refuel it. Get an enthusiastic vibe by listening to a podcast or audio book or by reading a book or blog for just 10 minutes created by someone who is enthusiastic.
Or talk to an enthusiastic person in your life and let his or her feelings flow over to you.
16. Write down your top 4 priorities in life.
Post that note where you can see it every day to stay on track with what matters most to you. And to not get lost in busy work or in what may frankly matter more to other people than it does to you.
17. Let emails and other checking wait until the end of the day.
Or at least a few hours. Don’t start your day with processing email – if possible – because it can add a lot of stress and suck away energy early in the day.
It can also make it hard to truly focus later on as you try to work on the most important tasks of your day. Or even to find enough time for them if you get too distracted by your inbox.
18. Limited your daily information input.
Regularly unsubscribe to blogs, podcasts, forums and email newsletters that you rarely spend any time on or that doesn’t add much value to your life anymore.
Keep only the most helpful, inspiring and best ones. This very simple thing can free up quite a bit of both time and attention in a month.
19. Have a disconnected day or weekend.
I usually take at least one internet free day a week. I rarely check my emails on Saturdays or Sundays. Instead I spend time with the people in my life, a good book or movie, being outdoors or I do some other fun activity.
This recharges me and by having this clear boundary between work and rest I do not get stuck in worries, stress while trying to rest or in being distracted by work in my mind while trying to have quality time with the people in my life nearly as much as I used to.
20. Focus more on the how to and not so much on the what-ifs.
Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis, overthinking and the worry and lack of self-confidence that usually comes from that. Instead, focus on what you can do, on what action you can take to move forward.
Ask yourself: What is one small step I can take today to move forward towards my goal or out of this situation?
21. Each day ask yourself questions that help you to focus or refocus.
It is easy to get off track during a regular workday. To stay on track or to get back there if you get lost use questions like:
  • What is the most important thing I can do right now?
  • What would I work on if I only had 2 hours for work today?
If you like, write these questions down on a note and put that note where you cannot avoid seeing it during your day.
22. When overwhelmed, breathe and then say to yourself: just take care of today.
Focus only on that. Forget about all those tomorrows and your yesterdays that could be bouncing around in your head. Go small, narrow your focus greatly and just take care of today.
And then take care of tomorrow when it comes.
23. Don’t forget about the 3 fundamentals of energy.
By that I mean getting enough sleep, exercising a couple of times a week and eating healthy. This may seem very obvious in theory.

But in practice and in my experience it makes a world of difference for your optimism, energy levels, ability to handle stress and to think clearly.

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