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He success it’s a mindset. To be successful, you must make a commitment to plan your life around that goal. Before you take that great leap in faith, there are certain things you should cut out of your life so that you will be prepared if the chance for success presents itself.
I’ve listed all 12 Habits that you must remove from your life immediately. If you give up these habits, you will not only be successful in business, but also be present with your friends and family. You’ll be happier in the long run.
1. Stop pursuing reserved goals
Everything in life is worth it. In pursuing your goals, don’t stop when you have achieved what you need to do. Keep going until you hit these big goals, then push yourself a little harder. When you have that work ethic, all you can do is stop yourself.
I’ve always set very attainable goals for myself. It’s great to be ambitious, but if you constantly settle for falling short, you can destroy your motivation.
2. Stop multitasking and focus
Studies have shown that 98 percent of people cannot multitask successfully. In general, those who believe they can do more than one thing at a time are the worst. Stanford scientists write that multitaskers have trouble filtering out irrelevant information, organizing their thoughts, and moving from one task to the next.
The next time you’re ready to be productive, close all tabs on your computer except those related to the task at hand. Turn off their notifications and focus 100% on this task. You will notice a huge increase in your productivity.
3. Stop checking social media while you work
Social media platforms create a maze of links and posts to keep you updated. It is a huge time investment that does not contribute to success. Instead of checking Instagram and Facebook during your breaks, check out the New York Times or TechCrunch so you can add something really meaningful to your next conversation.
4. Don’t compare yourself to anyone
This will never end well. There will always be someone out there who looks smarter, richer, more successful, and better than you. Thinking like this is a distraction; Just focus on yourself. Most of all, focus on achieving your short term goals and the rest will be given to you.
5. Stop wasting time with negative people
Don’t make a scene or ruin a friendship. It only limits your availability to those toxic people in your life. Sure, you can see them from time to time. However, being negatively influenced can cause you to lose focus on what is really important.
6. No more excuses
If you want something, dare to do it. Save yourself your excuses.
Before I started at Due, I worked with a small team in a crowdfunding startup. We had little experience, so we kept apologizing and convinced ourselves of our limits. A few hundred thousand dollars left and a year later we found that we had made so many excuses that we couldn’t put them into practice. Don’t become a victim. Victims never succeed.
7. Don’t be a perfectionist
Keep it real Don’t spend that extra five hours carefully choosing fonts and color combinations for a presentation that only you will notice. This goes into time management. Be efficient and effective. Don’t hesitate by becoming obsessed with small details that don’t matter in the long run (or even the short run).
8. No more complaints
It’s easy. When you think and speak positively, good things will come to you. Keep the focus on the glass half full. Optimism and pessimism are directly related to general health. Keep that smile.
9. Stop thinking that everything is for you
Your angry boss doesn’t want to fire you. The Uber driver doesn’t laugh at your tie. They have their own problems and they think about them. Not on you!
You will be so much happier when you stop assuming that everyone is against you.
10. Do not put all your weight on your back
Of course you are responsible. However, this does not mean that you have to face all the challenges of your business or micromanage your people. Learn to delegate. The question you should be asking yourself is not “how can I do this?” But “how can this be done in the most efficient way?”
11. Stop making meetings a priority
Mark Cuban once said, “Never attend a meeting unless someone writes you a check.” Meetings start late, last too long, and are rarely very productive. Meetings are factors that kill time. It is always best to have specific contact with the people needed on a project throughout the day.
I always ask for a detailed agenda whenever I am asked to attend a meeting. If there is no clear value for me, I will not waste time. Remember, it is always okay to say “no”.
12. Stop using to-do lists
Connect all of your tasks in your calendar. If you put your work on a schedule, your efficiency will be vastly improved. Take the time to plan your calendar, then stick with it as much as possible.
Live and stick to these rules and you will see the change in a few weeks. At the end of each day, sit down and think about what you did well and what you can do better tomorrow. The most important thing is to visualize the success in such a way that it arrives.