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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Practices of Successful People - Excerpt

Twelve Practices of Successful People

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Do you have routines that have proven to be an asset to your success as a writer?
Or anything else for that matter?


1.  They have calm, consistent morning routines.

Try to have the first hour of your day vary as little as possible.


2.  They eliminate all needless busywork.

So do your best to focus on what’s truly important, and not much else.


3.  They do what needs to be done, TODAY!

Successful people know that a good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed someday.

'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' Thomas Jefferson


4.  They gradually turn life’s obstacles around.

When our view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered, we are forced to reboot our perspective on things.  We suddenly have the opportunity to look out to the periphery and see things with a new, fresh set of beginner’s eyes, which is very conducive to personal growth and long-term success.


5.  They learn by stretching themselves to their limits.

You want to practice at the point where you are on the edge of your ability, stretching yourself over and over again, making mistakes, stumbling, learning from those mistakes and stretching yourself even farther.


6.  They turn to their intuition when making tough decisions.

Successful people know that trusting your intuition is equivalent to trusting your true self; and the more you trust your true self, the more control you have of making your goals and dreams come true.

Remember the book "The Gift of Fear"?


7.  They mindfully focus on the positive.

Think a little less about managing your problems and a little more about managing your mindset.


8.  They create visual reminders of their long-term goals.

Think of moments when you are most likely to give in to impulses that take you farther away from your ultimate goals.  Then use visual reminders of those goals to interrupt the impulse and keep you on track.


9.  They keep some kind of personal notebook.

Oprah keeps a journal.  Eminem keeps a journal.  J.K. Rowling keeps a journal.

It’s one of the most underused, yet incredibly effective tools available to the masses.


10.  They have mentors they observe and consult with.

If you study the lives of enough successful people, it becomes obvious that most world-class performers in all fields – athletes, musicians, entrepreneurs, artists, etc. – had incredible mentors, coaches or role models who made the activity of practice worthwhile and rewarding.


11.  They welcome honest feedback and criticism.

Solicit feedback from people whose opinions you value – people who have been where you want to go.


12. They keep their pride in check.

Learn from everyone, remain humble, and don’t forget to have a good time along the way.



Two words: Stretch and Observe.

Stretch:  As in… stretch yourself.  Always push yourself to the edge of your ability, so you can expand it and grow.

Observe:  As in… observe your mentors and those who are more skilled than you, so you can take notes and emulate them.




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