Oct 29, 2012

The Monday Peptalk - Successful people

Welcome Monday. A blog day focusing on our purpose and success. It´s always interesting to know what successful people do differently from less succcessful people. Copy paste so to speak:) I often read the popular blog Marcandangel and found this list on the subject. (I have shortened the list a lot, here is the long version.) This is no rocket science and most of it we´ve heard before, but still I think it´s great to be reminded now and then. I think a lot here is true (although not always easy), like focus on being productive rather than bussy, keep a positive mind and don´t let the negativity sabotage your life, maintain balance (really important) and find your tribe and spend time with the right people! What do you say? Have a great Monday friends!

12 Things successful people do differently
(that the rest of us can easily emulate)

1. They create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals

Successful people create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals that are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. When you identify S.M.A.R.T. goals that are truly important to you, you become motivated to figure out ways to attain them. You develop the necessary attitude, abilities, and skills. 

2. They take decisive and immediate action

There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action. It’s as simple as that.

3. They focus on being productive, not being busy

In his book "The 4 hour work week" Tim Ferris says, “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is often a form of mental laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” The solution: Slow down. Breathe. Review your commitments and goals. Put first things first. Do one thing at a time. Start now. Take a short break in two hours. Repeat.

4. They make logical, informed decisions

Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence. Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.

5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect

Remember, the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done.

6. They work outside of their comfort zone

Significant moments of opportunity for personal growth and success will come and go throughout your lifetime. If you are looking to make positive changes and new breakthroughs in your life, you will need to embrace these moments of opportunity even though you will never feel 100% ready for them.

7. They keep things simple

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” If you complicate your life by inundating yourself with too many choices, your subconscious mind will give up. The solution is to simplify. 

8. They focus on making small, continuous improvements

Making small, positive changes – eating a little healthier, exercising a little, creating some small productive habits, for example – is an amazing way to get excited about life and slowly reach the level of success you aspire to. The simple act of getting started and doing something will give you the momentum you need, and soon you’ll find yourself in a positive spiral of changes – one building on the other. 

9. They measure and track their progress

Successful people track themselves against their goals and clearly know what needs to be done to excel and accelerate.

10. They maintain a positive outlook as they learn from their mistakes

Successful people concentrate on the positives – they look for the silver lining in every situation. They know that it is their positivity that will take them to greatness. If you want to be successful, you need to have a positive outlook toward life. Life will test you again and again. If you give in to internal negativity, you will never be able to achieve the marks you have targeted. Don’t let your own negativity sabotage you. Learn what you can and press forward.

11. They spend time with the right people.

Successful people associate with people who are likeminded, focused, and supportive. They reach out to connected, influential individuals who are right for their dreams and goals. You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. Find your tribe and work together to make a difference in all of your lives. 

12. They maintain balance in their life.

When you let your work life (or social life, family life, etc.) consume you, and all your energy is focused in that area, it’s extremely easy to lose your balance. You need to balance the various dimensions of your life. 

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