30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

This is an excerpt from blogger and writer Benjamin Hardy’s list of suggestions for “what it takes to succeed.” It was first posted in Thrive Global on LinkedIn.

 

  1. Don’t think — know and act.

“Don’t think. You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?” — Tim Grover

Rather than analyzing and thinking, act.

 

  1. Always be prepared so you have the freedom to act on instinct.

Become a master of your craft. Learn the left-brained rules in and out so your right brain can have limitless freedom to break the rules and create.

 

  1. Don’t be motivated by money or anything external.

 

  1. Never be satisfied.

“The drive to close the gap between near-perfect and perfect is the difference between great and unstoppable.” — Tim Grover… Even after you achieve a goal, you’re not content. For you, it’s not even about the goal. It’s about the climb to see how far you can push yourself.

 

  1. Always be in control.

Act based on instinct, not impulse.

 

  1. Be true to yourself.

Unstoppable people purge everything from their life they hate. Have the self-respect and confidence to live life on your terms.

 

  1. Never let off the pressure.

“Pressure can bust pipes, but it also can make diamonds.” — Robert Horry… Pressure is what keeps you alert and active.

 

  1. Don’t be afraid of the consequences of failure.

It’s all in your head. If something goes wrong — if you “fail” — you adjust and keep going.

 

  1. Don’t compete with others. Make them compete with you.

Competing with others makes absolutely zero sense to you. It pulls you from your authentic zone. So you zone out all the external noise and instead zone in to your internal pressure to produce.

 

  1. Never stop learning.

When you’re relentless, success only increases the pressure to do more. Immediately following the achievement of a goal, you’re focused on your next challenge.

 

  1. Don’t get crushed by success.

“Success can become a catalyst for failure.” — Greg McKeown… But for you, no external noise can push harder than your own internal pressure. It’s not about this achievement, but the one after, and the one after that. There is no destination. Only when you’re finished.

 

  1. Completely own it when you screw up.

No blame. No deception or illusion. Just the cold hard truth. When you mess up, you own it.

 

  1. Let your work speak for itself.

“Well done, is well said.” — Anthony Liccione

 

  1. Always work on your mental strength.

The better you can be under pressure, the further you’ll go than anyone else. The best training you will ever do is mental training.

 

  1. Confidence is your greatest asset.

You’ve heard it before: Running a marathon is far more mental than physical. A person’s ability to run a marathon — or do anything hard — is more a reflection of their level of confidence than their actual ability.

 

  1. Surround yourself with people who remind you of the future, not the past.

Surrounding yourself with people who you want to be like allows you a fresh slate. You’re no longer defined by your past, only the future you are creating.

 

  1. Let things go, but never forget.

 

  1. Have clear goals.

 

  1. Respond immediately, rather than analyzing or stalling.

“He who hesitates is lost.” — Cato… Just do it. Train yourself to respond immediately when you feel you should do something. Stop questioning yourself. Don’t analyze it. Don’t question if it came from God or from yourself. Just act.

 

  1. Choose simplicity over complication.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” — Albert Einstein…

Cutting to the core and hitting the truth is hard, because it’s simple. As Leonardo da Vinci has said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

 

  1. Never be jealous or envious of someone else’s accomplishments.

 

  1. Take the shot every time.

You miss every shot you don’t take. The only way you can become unstoppable is if you stop thinking about it. Just take the shot.

 

  1. Don’t get caught up in the results of your success. Always remain focused on what got you those results: the work.

It can get easy to “ride the wave” of your previous work. Keep practicing. Perfect your craft. Never forget what got you here.

 

  1. Think and act 10X.

“When 10X is your measuring stick, you immediately see how you can bypass what everyone else is doing.” — Dan Sullivan… When you take your goal of earning $100,000 this year and change it to $1,000,000, you’re forced to operate at a different level. The logical and traditional approach doesn’t work with 10X.

 

  1. Set goals that far exceed your current capabilities.

If your goals are logical, they won’t force you to create luck. Being unstoppable means your goals challenge you to be someone more than you currently are. As Jim Rohn has said, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”

 

  1. Make time for recovery and rejuvenation.

“Wherever you are, make sure you’re there.” — Dan Sullivan… Recovering from my work generally consists of writing in my journal, listening to music, spending time with my wife and kids, preparing and eating delicious food, or serving other people. These things rejuvenate me. They make my work possible, but also meaningful.

 

  1. Start before you’re ready.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb

 

  1. If you need permission, you probably shouldn’t do it.

No one will ever give you permission to live your dreams.

 

  1. Don’t make exceptions.

 

Read the full article here: 30 behaviors that will make you unstoppable

 

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10 Simple Truths Smart People Will Forget

#1 – Education and intelligence accomplish nothing without action.  There’s a huge difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it.  Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.

#2 – Happiness and success are two different things.  “What will make me happy?” and “What will make me successful?” are two of the most important questions you can ask yourself.  But they are two different questions.

#3 – Everyone runs their own business.  No matter how you make a living or who you think you work for, you only work for one person, yourself.  The big question is:  What are you selling, and to whom?

#4 – Having too many choices interferes with decision making.  If you’re trying to make a decision about something in your life, don’t waste all your time evaluating every last detail of every possible option.  Choose something that you think will work and give it a shot.  If it doesn’t work out, choose something else and keep pressing forward.

#5 – All people possess dimensions of success and dimensions of failure.  Trying to be perfect is a waste of time and energy.  Perfection is an illusion. Our successful dimensions usually encompass the things we spend the most time doing.  But behind whichever polished storyline we publically promote, there lies a multi-dimensional human being with a long list of unprofessed failures.

#6 – Every mistake you make is progress.  Mistakes teach you important lessons.  Every time you make one, you’re one step closer to your goal.  Either you succeed or you learn something.  Win-Win.

#7 – People can be great at doing things they don’t like to do.  If someone dedicates enough time and attention to perfecting a skill or trade, they can be insanely good at doing something they don’t like to do.

#8 – The problems we have with others are typically more about us.  Quite often, the problems we have with others – our spouse, parents, siblings, etc. – don’t really have much to do with them at all.  Because many of the problems we think we have with them we subconsciously created in our own mind.  All we need is the willingness to look at things a little differently – letting go of ‘what was’ and ‘what should have been,’ and instead focusing our energy on ‘what is’ and ‘what could be possible.’

#9 – Emotional decisions are rarely good decisions.  Decisions driven by heavy emotion are typically misguided reactions rather than educated judgments.  Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence.  Slow down and think things through…

#10 – You will never feel 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  One of the greatest things holding smart people back is their own reluctance to accept an opportunity simply because they don’t think they’re ready.  They believe they require additional knowledge, skill, experience, etc. before they can aptly partake in the opportunity.  Sadly, this is the kind of thinking that stifles personal growth. The truth is nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises – because most great opportunities in life force us to grow emotionally and intellectually.

(ed. – This post is abbreviated from a very thoughtful piece “10 Simple Truths Smart People Forget” first posted in a blog Marc and Angel. Source Link )

 

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12 Habits Of Genuine People

How genuine are you? Here is a list of character traits that Travis Bradberry (author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and principle at www.TalentSmart.com) has compiled that will provide you with a measuring stick of your moral fiber as it pertains to genuineness.

Consider the hallmarks of genuine people.

  1. Genuine people don’t try to make people like them. They are who they are. They know that some people will like them, and some won’t. And they’re OK with that. It’s not that they don’t care whether or not other people will like them but simply that they’re not going to let that get in the way of doing the right thing. They’re willing to make unpopular decisions and to take unpopular positions if that’s what needs to be done.
  2. They don’t pass judgment. Genuine people are open-minded, which makes them approachable and interesting to others.
  3. They forge their own paths. Genuine people don’t derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from the opinions of others. Their direction comes from within, from their own principles and values. They do what they believe to be the right thing, and they’re not swayed by the fact that somebody might not like it.
  4. They are generous. Genuine people are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know, and the resources they have access to. They want you to do well more than anything else because they’re team players and they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad.
  5. They treat everyone with respect. Genuine people are unfailingly polite and respectful. They believe they’re no better than anyone else.
  6. They aren’t motivated by material things. Genuine people don’t need shiny, fancy stuff in order to feel good. Their happiness comes from within, as well as from the simpler pleasures—such as friends, family, and a sense of purpose—that make life rich.
  7. They are trustworthy. People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. Genuine people mean what they say, and if they make a commitment, they keep it.
  8. They are thick-skinned. Genuine people have a strong enough sense of self that they don’t go around seeing offense that isn’t there. They’re able to objectively evaluate negative and constructive feedback, accept what works, put it into practice, and leave the rest of it behind without developing hard feelings.
  9. They put away their phones. When genuine people commit to a conversation, they focus all of their energy on the conversation. Genuine people create connection and find depth even in short, everyday conversations.
  10. They aren’t driven by ego. Genuine people don’t make decisions based on their egos because they don’t need the admiration of others in order to feel good about themselves. Likewise, they don’t seek the limelight or try to take credit for other people’s accomplishments.
  11. They aren’t hypocrites. Genuine people practice what they preach. And genuine people fix their own problems first.
  12. They don’t brag. Genuine people don’t need to brag. They’re confident in their accomplishments, but they also realize that when you truly do something that matters, it stands on its own merits, regardless of how many people notice or appreciate it.

In summary, genuine people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. They are firmly grounded in reality, and they’re truly present in each moment because they’re not trying to figure out someone else’s agenda or worrying about their own.

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(SOURCE – Read the full article in Forbes Magazine: 12 Habits of Genuine People)

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8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

Benjamin Hardy has nailed what might be every productive person’s perfect morning routine.

 

He states that although life is busy, You are the designer of your destiny. You are responsible.

You get to decide. You must decide — because if you don’t, someone else will. Indecision is a bad decision.

 

Hardy has provided his insights into a short morning routine that has the potential to quickly change your life.

Wake up

Get in the zone

Get moving

Put the right food in your body

Get ready

Get inspired

Get perspective

Do something to move you forward

 

Here is a Readers Digest version of his thoughts…

 

  1. Get A Healthy 7+ Hours of Sleep

Getting a healthy amount of sleep is linked to:

  • Increased memory
  • Longer life
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased attention and focus
  • Decreased fat and increased muscle mass with exercise
  • Lower stress
  • Decreased dependence on stimulants like caffeine
  • Decreased risk of getting into accidents
  • Decreased risk of depression
  • And tons more… google it.

 

  1. Prayer and Meditation to Facilitate Clarity and Abundance

After waking from a healthy and restful sleep session, prayer and meditation are crucial for orienting yourself toward the positive. What you focus on expands… Prayer and meditation facilitate intense gratitude for all that you have. Gratitude is having an abundance mindset. When you think abundantly, the world is your oyster. There is limitless opportunity and possibility for you.

 

  1. Hard Physical Activity

If you want to be among the healthy, happy, and productive people in the world, get in the habit of regular exercise.

 

  1. Consume 30 Grams of Protein

Protein-rich foods keep you full longer than other foods because they take longer to leave the stomach. Also, protein keeps blood-sugar levels steady, which prevents spikes in hunger. So, eat at least 40% of your breakfast calories as protein.

  • Do it with two or three whole eggs (each egg has about 6g protein)
  • If you don’t like eggs, use something like turkey bacon, organic pork bacon or sausage, or cottage cheese
  • Or, you could always do a protein shake with water
  • For people who avoid dairy, meat, and eggs, there are several plant-based proteins. Legumes, greens, nuts, and seeds all are rich in protein.

 

  1. Take A Cold Shower

Cold water immersion radically facilitates physical and mental wellness.When practiced regularly, it provides long-lasting changes to your body’s immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life. It can also increase weight-loss because it boosts your metabolism.

 

  1. Listen to/Read Uplifting Content

Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. It is common for the world’s most successful people to read at least one book per week. They are constantly learning. Taking even 15–30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.

 

  1. Review Your Life Vision

Your goals should be written down — short term and long term. Taking just a few minutes to read your life vision puts your day into perspective. If you read your long term goals every day you will think about them every day. If you think about them every day, and spend your days working toward them, they’ll manifest.

 

  1. Do At Least One Thing Towards Long-Term Goals

So your mantra becomes: The worst comes first. Do that thing you’ve been needing to do. Then do it again tomorrow. If you take just one step toward you big goals every day, you’ll realize those goals weren’t really far away.

 

By George recommends that you read the whole of this great Benjamin Hardy column – right here:

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/2280-8-things-every-person-should-do-before-8-a-m

 

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Your Checklist for Effective Meetings

Through this week, the By George Journal has posted some helpful tips on how to make the meetings you attend more effective, more relevant to your work and/or interests. We start this feature by providing you with a useful checklist (this advice has been taken from the By George Treasury). We trust these tips will make for more efficient and productive meetings in the future.

We suggest you clip and save this checklist for effective meetings!

  • Have an agenda and circulate it prior to the meeting. Ensure the agenda expresses the objective of the meeting.
  • Invite the correct people at the meeting those who have information to contribute or must follow-through on what is being shared.
  • Prepare yourself and know the issues to be discussed.
  • Circulate materials prior to the meeting, if there are articles or items that will be discussed.
  • Start the meeting on time. Keep the meeting moving along by sticking to the agenda.
  • Announce expectations at the outset of the meeting. Should the discussion be derailed, bring the meeting back on track by restating the objective(s) and expectations.
  • Be attentive to the person speaking — do not begin sidebar conversations or be reading or completing paperwork while a person is talking. You expect common courtesy from others, so practice it yourself.
  • If you are the Chair, attempt to engage all the participants in the discussion. This will ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • At the end of the meeting, review discussion and decisions made and any action items for follow-up to the meeting.
  • Attempt to keep the meeting to 60 minutes — spend as little time as is needed to understand the issues and agree on action items.

 

(ed. –We have tagged “meetings” and these articles you can find many more tips for conducting an effective meeting.)

 

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On more effective meetings

Here are a few additional thoughts on meetings….

 

Effective meetings begin and end with common courtesy. The Golden Rule of Meetings is: Do onto others what you’d want done to yourself. Take a moment to recall all those things that frustrate you about meetings – and don’t repeat the most common mistakes. Good meetings don’t happen by chance; they are a by-product of a thoughtful person who plans in advance. So, in the interest of workplace sanity, we are forwarding a few thoughts on how to run an effective meeting. Let’s start with the call of the meeting…

If you are arranging the meeting, make sure to circulate an agenda to the participants. If you are being called to a meeting, ask for the agenda. The ideal is for everyone to understand the purpose of the meeting. A printed agenda ensures everyone will be on the same page.

In preparing for the meeting, you should take some time to acquaint yourself with the meeting’s issues and prepare in advance for the discussions.  If you are Chair, be sure to have the best people possible at the meeting to speak on the particular issues. And, be sure everyone has as much information as they need to prepare for the meeting.

Once people are gathered, be sure that all expectations are expressed and understood. Place the issues into context and ensure everyone is aligned with the purpose(s) of the meeting. It is important to start the dialogue with everyone at an initial point of understanding.

The best meetings will start on time and finish on time. Punctuality certainly sets the tone of the meeting and, in many cases, can drive the participants towards the objectives. A good meeting will also ensure all participants contribute to meeting the objectives and mutual expectations of the gathering. Most importantly, well-run meetings will remain orderly and focused on the objectives at hand.

Lastly, a good meeting will end with a review of the decisions made. There will also be a review of the action items arising from the decisions of the meeting. By reviewing decisions and action items in a recap, all participants will leave the meeting room with a clear understanding of outcomes and follow-up. In this way, everyone will have a feeling that the time around the table was not only well spent, but also a positive experience.

 

FIVE RULES OF EFFECTIVE MEETINGS

  1. Have an agenda, circulate it prior to the meeting, and then stick to it!
  2. Prepare yourself – know the issues and consider how you will contribute to the discussions.
  3. Prepare others – announce your expectations at the beginning of the meeting and ensure any support materials are circulated.
  4. If you chair the meeting – start and finish on time and engage all participants. If you’re a participant, support the Chair in his/her efforts to adhere to the agenda.
  5. Conclude by reviewing action items the group are tasked to follow-through on – and set a timeline and reporting-in process for action items.

 

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Effective Meetings Tips: Your follow up after the meeting

  • Ensure minutes are prepared and circulated participants as soon as possible after the meeting date.  Read minutes and note any necessary edits that need to be made to reflect what transpired.
  • Send any post-meeting communications to all participants in a timely manner.
  • Evaluate the meeting and note whether it met the stated objectives. Pass along your assessment if it is appropriate.
  • If you were the chairman, seek feedback from the meeting’s participants.  Ask how the next meeting may be improved.
  • Complete your personal notes on meeting’s subject matter – denoting persons present and any significant points raised.
  • Ensure you follow-up appropriately with any specific action items arising from the meeting.

 

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Effective Meetings Tips: Participating in the meeting

  • Start the meeting on time. Review the agenda and announce all expectations at the outset of the meeting.
  • Keep the meeting moving along by sticking to the agenda.
  • Be attentive to the person speaking — do not begin sidebar conversations or be reading or completing paperwork while a person is talking. You expect common courtesy from others, so practice it yourself.
  • If you are the Chair, attempt to engage all the participants in the discussion.  This will ensure everyone is on the same page.
  • Should the discussion be derailed, bring the meeting back on track by restating the objective(s) and expectations. Get their feedback during the meeting when you can improve the meeting process right away.
  • Consider the timely use of printed materials and visuals.
  • At the end of the meeting, review discussion and decisions made and any action items for follow-up to the meeting.
  • Assign action items and an agreeable follow-up process.
  • Attempt to keep the meeting to 60 minutes — spend as little time as is needed to understand the issues and agree on action items.

 

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Effective Meetings Tips: In preparing for a meeting

By George begins this week by sharing tips on conducting more effective meetings. (We all spend too much time in meetings not to consider how to make them more efficient and productive.)

Here is the first of three posts this morning… tips in preparing for a meeting.

 

  • Determine whether there is a need for a meeting. Avoid a meeting if the same information could be covered in a memo, e-mail or brief report.
  • Set realistic objectives for the meeting. What information must be shared and what can be accomplished.
  • Have an agenda and circulate it prior to the meeting. Ensure the agenda expresses the objective of the meeting.
  • Circulate materials prior to the meeting, if there are articles or items that will be discussed.
  • Invite the correct people at the meeting those who have information to contribute or must follow-through on what is being shared.
  • Consider the physical surroundings of your meeting – a seating arrangement, writing materials and space, audiovisual aids including extension cords and outlets, refreshments, etc.
  • Prepare yourself and know the issues to be discussed. Consider print-outs and visuals.
  • If you are the chairman, you must: know the group, prep members prior to the meeting, set the agenda and plan ahead, prepare speaking notes in advance, be prepared to lead discussions – and evaluate the proceedings during and after the meeting.

 

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Leaders within our Workplace

In surfing through old business columns (dated 2010), we came across a good commentary on effective leadership in today’s workplace. Dave Jones, then with Proximity Canada in Toronto, comments on the distinction between two types of people in the workplace – managers and leaders.

Jones says: “There are few true leaders in the world.  It’s risky.  It’s hard.  It’s often times unappreciated.”  

Here’s his distinction.

 

Managers:

  • deal with what’s handed to them
  • iterate on what’s been done
  • chart a course in ink
  • check boxes
  • have “not my…” in their vocabulary i.e. department, job, budget, responsibility
  • lean to the conservative
  • maximize resources against goals
  • measure at the end

 

Leaders:

  • redefine their environment
  • allergic to “this is how we’ve always done it”
  • head in a direction, but not certain to reach destination
  • colour outside the boxes
  • strive to be innovative
  • focus resources on goals; but saves some for the sandbox
  • measure along the way; course-correcting on the fly

 

SOURCE:

http://davejones.ca/blog/2010/11/17/manager-or-leader-whats-the-future-of-the-corporate-social-s.html

    

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