1. Not Taking Responsibility – Challenge yourself to take 100% responsibility for everything that happens to you in your life. This doesn’t mean it is your fault if something bad or tragic happens to you. What it means is that no matter what happens in your life, you are 100% responsible over how you react. Make the best decision you possibly can with the cards you are dealt.
2. Procrastination – Procrastination is the enemy of productivity and a successful life. If you want to get something done focus on the reasons why you need it completed. Remind yourself that the reward is worth the work.
3. Not using the 80/20 rule Known as the Pareto Principle, in most cases, 80 percent of results come from only 20 percent of activities. Ultra-productive people know which activities drive the greatest results.Focus on those and ignore the rest. You don’t get extra credit for solving trivial action items.
4. Not Saying “No” – Avoid being a people pleaser. You don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. If someone close to you asks you to do something that is against your values, say no instead of trying to please your friend. Your friend will actually respect you more for staying firm in your beliefs.
5. Comparing yourself with others. Comparing gets you nowhere. If you don’t have what someone else has, the fact is that you don’t have it (which you already knew). Dwelling on possessions or traits that others have doesn’t make anything better.
6. Making decisions based on emotional cues. This applies to any emotions. It’s okay to celebrate when you’re happy and cry when you’re upset, but never make big decisions that will affect other areas of your life — financial, health, relationship — based on emotions. Be especially aware of anger and how it may be influencing your thinking.
7. Not reading. Reading is like time-travelling. You live someone else’s life many times over, but you never die. Reading is like picking the brain — you learn ideas in 20 minutes that took someone else 20 years to figure out
8.Watching too much TV: same as alcohol, TV does not add anything to your life. By not watching TV, you can spend more time reading interesting non-fiction books to educate yourself about the most different topics.
9.Being a cheapskate: show the few people that matter to you how much you care about them. Bring flowers to your girl/wife/mum/grandma. Make a nice wedding gift to your best friend. Offer discreetly to pay a dinner out if your friend cannot afford. Be a gentleman. Write a thank you card to a colleague who was helpful in a difficult situation. Be grateful, very grateful for these good people that touch your life kindly. Do not be afraid to spend money for those who are important for you and deserve your attention, kindness and generosity.
10. Not taking (calculated) risks: career-wise, with time we all get lazy and tend to accept the current status quo: our job, our boss, our colleagues, our commuting, etc. This translates into fantastic opportunities being lost because we are too scared to abandon what we consider our current safe harbour (which most of the times is not much more than a steady salary).
11. Letting your self-image run your life – People are working jobs they don’t want, going home to people they never loved, and living in cities they hate because they are afraid of making decisions that will make them look bad. You will look incompetent at the beginning of any journey. Incompetence is temporary, regret last a life time.
12. Waiting For Things to Happen – Tens of thousands of people die everyday because they don’t have access to clean water, life doesn’t care about you getting a promotion and finding love. Go out and learn how to get what you want.
Latest posts by Editorial Staff (see all)
- Letting Go: How To Make Peace With Your Past - 19th March 2018
- 8 Secrets to Unveil the Mystery of A Successful Life - 2nd February 2018
- 5 Principles Of Marketing Strategy You Should Know - 1st February 2018