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7 Habits To Help You Be Successful In Business

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Everyone wants to be successful. It is the habits we consciously learn and maintain that will bring us success; whether it is in business or our personal life.

Developing those habits may require some effort on our part; some may be easy and others, not so much. Like everything else, the energy we put into learning new habits will determine our success.

So what do we need to do?

  • Start your day off in a positive, energized mode. There are a few things you can do such, as exercise. Exercise can clear your head, and it allows you to visualize your day. I have found it is a great time to solve problems or develop ideas. It does not matter what form of exercise. It can be yoga, running, or weight lifting; any activity that gets your blood flowing.
  • Have a focus list for the day. Make it the night before and come back to it first thing in the morning. The list should include everything you want to accomplish for the day. It could also include a run down of what projects you will be working on that week. Exercise should be on the list, so if you have already done that, you can check it off. You have already started your day on a positive note. Move on to the next thing on the list.
  • As part of your focus list, you should decide what the top three jobs are for the day and then prioritize them again. Which is the hardest? Do that first, then move on to the next hardest and then to number three— that way, you will have completed the essential items. Then you can spend the rest of the day checking off as many of the other jobs as your time allows.
  • Decide to change your attitude toward email, social media, and phone calls. You can get lost in the unnecessary. Check you email and phone messages at designated times. Perhaps first thing in the morning and once again later in the day. Respond only to what is necessary, then move back to your focus list so you can complete the more important aspects of your job. If necessary you can finish your day completing those tasks.
  • Practice mindfulness. Live in the moment. Yesterday is gone, so do not dwell there. Tomorrow is the future, so although it is nice to dream about the success you want to have, you need to do your best job today. You will be prepared for the future by being successful today.
  • Focus on self-improvement by continuing to learn and develop yourself. Always read, take classes, watch webinars. We are never too old to learn. Learning is fun and will make you more interesting. Being open to change and learning new things makes you more valuable at work.
  • Always develop the people that work for you. Treat them with respect, smile, and have meaningful conversations. Ask if you can help; be a mentor. Create a plan which gives them a road map of what they need to learn to move forward. Always give good, honest feedback.

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

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Quote Of The Day

“Low self-confidence isn’t a life sentence. Self-confidence can be learned, practiced, and mastered–just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.”

Barrie Davenport
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Quote Of The Day

Believe in life. Believe in your dreams. Believe in miracles. Believe it’s possible. Believe in friendship. Believe in peace. Believe in love. Believe in yourself.”

~ Unknown author #Life #Dreams #Quote
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Quote Of The Day

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves – in Man… For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.” #Diversity #Life Lessons

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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How To Master Procrastination And The Roaring Lion That Devours Your Good Intentions

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If only I could master that demon of procrastination that goes about like a roaring lion and devours all my good intentions”

~ Aaron Spelling

I am a procrastinator. Are you? It turns out, about one in five people procrastinate. Joseph Ferrari, a professor of Psychology at DePaul University and a leader in this field, found in his research that we are all guilty of procrastination, but 20 percent have a chronic issue.

Today I am wallowing in the depths of procrastination, and it feels similar to having my car stuck in the mud, and I can’t quite get it out. I’m almost there; maybe this last effort will do it.

Each day is different, and I know tomorrow will be better, I’ll get it done tomorrow. That is what we tell ourselves anyway, but it does not always work that way. Procrastinating can be a habit if we let it.

I have to be focused on a task to be successful. It is easy to do the things that do not challenge us, but when we are intimidated by a project, or even what should be a simple task, we put it off. We find excuses to wait until later in the day, or even until tomorrow, or next week.

The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”

Dawson Trotman

When there is something you are avoiding – Do it first. We usually are the most productive first thing in the morning. We are rested, have more energy, and are more focused on getting work done. It makes sense to focus and do the hardest thing first.

Sometimes we cannot complete the whole task in one morning, so we want to put it off until tomorrow. Do a reset. Go to lunch, and then go back to work and begin your day again. Divide your day into two equal parts, and treat each half equally. Change your viewpoint about afternoons. We tend to treat the afternoon as the end of the day, and we slack off. We are wasting time. Don’t do that. You should be just as productive in the afternoons as you are in the mornings.

Stop doing the things that distract you; set an allotted time for them, do them, and then stop until another assigned time. Look at your email, and then forget about it until a specified time in the day. It is not necessary to continually check your email. The same goes for your cell phone; shut it off. check it on your own time, such as lunch and after work. Avoid the internet. It is easy to get sucked into the latest news, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you have to do research fine; do that and then shut it off. It is a time-waster.

Break the project down into separate tasks. Sometimes, we are overwhelmed, and we do not know where to start. It is easy to procrastinate when we may be frightened to move forward. By dividing the project into smaller sections, it will not look so intimidating. Start with the first step and complete that, then move on to the next. When you do this, you are making the task at hand much easier to do, and before you know it, the project will be complete.

When you are a perfectionist and want any project you are involved in, or responsible for, to reflect your values; they must be perfect. You believe your self worth will be at risk if the project does not meet your standards. Because of this, you may procrastinate and put it off as long as you can. Having high standards is good, but you also are responsible for seeing the projects finished. Just do it and move on to the next.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

– Abraham Lincoln

In the long run, procrastination is not a good thing. It will always be there if we do not address it, and it can overrun our lives, both professionally and personally.

If you procrastinate at work, it will affect your performance. Either you don’t complete projects on time, or if you rush to complete them to meet a deadline, your work will not be up to par. Both will affect you negatively at work.

Your personal life can also be affected. Procrastinating over life decisions can be detrimental to your relationships, your education, your financial success, and even your health.

You may spend days, months, and eventually, years staying in place and then realize that you are letting time slip through your fingers, and you have missed opportunities.

As with most everything in life, we can make an effort and take the necessary steps to stop procrastinating. It is an effort and one we have to continue to work on. Make a new habit and stop procrastination.

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

– Charles Dickens

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Quote Of The Day

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

#Change #Life Lessons #Motivation #Quote

Carol Burnett
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Quote Of The Day

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” #Success #Motivation #Quote

– Dale Carnegie
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