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8 Things Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time Doing

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8 Things Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time Doing

It is no secret that we live in a fast-paced world, and many of us tend to overload ourselves on a daily basis. This includes everything from spending extra hours at work, to taking on too many extracurricular activities, or even an inability to say ‘no’ to people. Unfortunately, we can sometimes become our own worst enemy when it comes to productivity.

Small time wasters throughout the day can make a big difference in the level of success we achieve. The worst part is, we often do not realize just how much time these activities are taking away from us and indeed our potential success. Needless to say, it is not uncommon for most of us to partake in at least a few activities each day that either leave us feeling unfulfilled, or they take away from our productivity.

However, the people who are most successful in life are typically those who have been able to master time management, and get rid of these ‘time wasters.’ By making sure that you are utilizing every second of your day for something that will help to move you forward, you can feel better about yourself, knowing that every minute that isn’t wasted can help you to achieve new goals, and accomplish even bigger dreams.

Let’s take a look at eight things successful people don’t waste their time doing. By adopting some of these habits, you will be sure to notice the positive change in your day-to-day routine.

 

Successful people don’t…

 

1. Browse Social Media

In a world of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it can be hard to imagine unplugging from social media for a while. But, think about how much time that you spend each day mindlessly scrolling through feeds, checking out someone’s Snapchat story, or liking Instagram photos. Before you know it, you can lose hours of your day in what feels like a short amount of time.

Instead, you can reward yourself with social media after all of the work you want to accomplish for the day is done. Make a plan to stay off completely until you have achieved all of your daily tasks. If that seems too difficult to start out, try limiting your time on social media by setting an alarm for yourself. Gradually, it should become easier to ‘log off.’

 

8 Things Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time Doing

 

2. Go Through the Day Unplanned

Whether you have a detailed list with bullet points and subheadings, or two or three top priorities to complete each day in your daily journal, plan out the details of your day on paper before it even starts. Writing something down means you will be more likely to do it, and think about how good it will feel to cross everything off that list!

Make sure when you are creating your list that you don’t allow it to overwhelm you. Your daily agenda should be achievable, exciting but not stressful.

 

8 Things Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time Doing

 

3. Talk the Talk

Successful people might be dreamers sometimes, but they don’t waste time just ‘talking the talk.’ Some people will talk about an idea or a goal for years, and never take the right steps toward making it happen. Those who want success are more likely to go after it with gusto and take the necessary action. People who are more successful really ‘walk the walk.’

 

4. Become Victims

When something goes wrong in our lives, especially if it interferes with our plans or goals, it can be very easy to blame other people. It is even easier to feel like a victim if you have done everything ‘right,’ and someone else puts a roadblock in front of you. Those who are more successful tend to let a lot of negative experiences with people simply fade away. Dwelling on something negative that happened is more of a hindrance to your goals than it is for the person who may have caused the negative experience in the first place. Don’t become a victim.

 

8 Things Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time Doing

 

5. Become Emotionally Drained

One of the biggest secrets to success from those who have mastered climbing the ladder is to only do things that will add something of value to your life. Jobs, relationships, and extra activities should all be adding something positive to your life and to your goals, not taking something away. If someone asks you to do something, and you don’t feel as though it will have a positive impact on your life, it is okay to say no!

 

6. Sweat the Small Stuff

Successful people tend to focus on what they can do, not what they cannot do. They don’t resist change, and if something doesn’t go their way, they find an alternative route without letting it bring them down, or stop them on their journey.

 

7. Hang Out With the Wrong Crowd

It might seem a bit cliché, but the old adage of surrounding yourself with good company could not be more true. Successful people don’t spend time in circles of individuals who are only going to bring them down or take away from their goals and aspirations. Instead, they become friends with people who have goals of their own, and people who will encourage them to be their best.

 

8 Things Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time Doing

 

8. Compare Themselves to Others

There is a big difference between inspiration and comparison. Many successful people have a role model, mentor or someone that they look up to in their lives. They might even have someone they want to model their career or lifestyle after. However, this can become a problem if you take that admiration and start comparing your own life to someone else. It may start out as something small, such as wishing for the same life of that particular role model. But, these things can quickly spiral out of control, and you might find yourself comparing just about everything you do to others, including friends and family. Successful people are inspired, but they tend to focus on their own plans, goals, and achievements, rather than worrying about someone else’s.

 

The best thing you can do to start on your own pathway to success is to cut out things that waste your time and that take away from the positive state of your life. Use some of these tips to help you to get rid of the time wasters in your life. You just might be surprised at how much more you can accomplish everyday, and the extra productivity boost can give to your career.

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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