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We thought we could all do with a little rally. (When do we not?!) A boost of encouragement, a reminder of what we are all capable of and some direction on how to realise it.
As we all know, just like bad ones, positive habits can be cultivated just as easily.
We read this article HERE and wanted to share with you all the seven habits they suggest.
Have the end in mind
Everything starts with the end – the goal or the vision you want to fulfill. If you don’t know what the end is, then there’s no way of getting there, is there? Imagine getting into a cab. What do you first do when you get into the cab? Maybe you say hi to the taxi driver, then what? You tell the driver where you want to go, so that he can take you there. Similarly, you need to know what is the end you want to reach in order to get there.
Hence, it’s critical that you form clear goals of what exactly you want. What do you want? What is the end you envision? What are your personal goals and dreams for yourself?
Do what you love
When you do something you love, it’s like you have unlimited fuel that keeps you going- day after day. The hunger to excel in it is just greater than if you do anything else.
What is it you love to do? If you are not sure what your passion is yet, then what is something you are most eager to try at the moment? If you can choose to do anything, what will it be? Your love and interest are fuels that will drive you towards excellence.
Work harder than anyone else
I don’t know of anyone who has achieved excellent results who hasn’t worked hard for them. A big component of excellence is hard work. Sheer, unadulterated hard work. We can streamline processes, choose effective strategies and steps, but ultimately the hard work will still have to come in. Fortunately, if you are doing what you love (step number 2), work wouldn’t even be work at all.
Make use of every moment
Every moment counts. Excellent people know that time is highly valuable. There’s this quote by Donald Trump which I read in one of his books, and I absolutely love it. He said that time is more precious than money, because you can earn back money, but you can’t get back time. That is absolutely true.
Note that this habit doesn’t mean working like a hog, 24/7. That wouldn’t be a true application of this habit. Making use of every moment also refers to knowing when to rest and rejuvenate when it’s needed, because this will help us walk the longer mile on the path of excellence.
Take action to achieve your results
Living a life of excellence means being a proponent of action. Many people often say “The sky is the limit”. My personal philosophy is the sky isn’t the limit; we are the limit. Whatever we do or don’t do will determine how much we can grow or achieve. If we want to grow and achieve great results, we need to take the equivalent actions to reach the results we want.
Continuously upgrade yourself
Learning never stops. There is always something we can do to become better. We may have great skills and knowledge today, but no matter how great they may be, our skills need to be continuously developed. Excellent people are always learning, reading, exposing themselves to new knowledge, new people, new contexts and developing their skills.
Ask for feedback
No matter how much we try to improve, we will have blind spots. Blind spots are things about ourselves that we don’t know about, and we can’t improve on things that we are blind to. Asking for feedback is one of the fastest and most effective ways to improve.
Definitely food for thought. Have a much on these. One a day?
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