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Want a promotion? These 4 habits are more powerful than talent
We all have talent that can give us an edge, but it can only take you so far. The reason some people are high performers is because they've formed good habits. In a recent survey of more than 1,800 workers by the leadership training company VitalSmarts, 46% of respondents chalk up their career success to having the right habits.

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Habits Lead To Success

Our habits and routines count towards our success to a greater degree than luck, brains, good decisions and even talent.

Habits need not be physical routines, but just the way we think, and t...

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Say Yes

Four basic habits create energy: Sleep, Meditation, Physical Activity and Nutrition.

This created energy can be focused on new opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone, an...

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Analysis Paralysis

Too much analysis and putting our energies into one single thing can be counterproductive. 

If something is providing us with a good enough result, we need to be satisfied and focus our ...

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Curiosity

One of the best habits that contribute to success is to be a constant learner by researching, reading, striking interesting conversations, and just being curious about the world.

A goo...

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The Hard Stuff

Taking on the challenging and difficult things at the beginning of the day is a powerful habit.

Good habits may be small but having a daily routine gives compound interest, triggering ...

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Habits Are Not Blind Routines

Conventional wisdom states that strong habits improve our productivity. Daily habits done in an autopilot mode are not the only route to peak performance.

While our habits help us stick to g...

Revisit What You Do Daily

  • Some of our daily to-dos should not require a constant daily effort and could be optimized further. Look for such habits and if the daily effort is straining you, look for other innovative solutions.

  • Time and Energy are limited resources, and as we grow, our habits may become obsolete. We could use the same time and energy to explore new and better options.

  • It is a good idea to pay attention to where we spend our time and see if there is something we do daily but have outgrown long ago.

Consistency and Boredom

Being consistent can also lead to burnout and lack of growth, and to be creative and innovative, we sometimes need a break from our daily activity. When we stop and do something new, we start to be part of a creative process, instead of simply repeating the same thing every day.

The key is to not rely on a rigid consistency but to be resilient enough to withstand any breaks. Our resilient habits are usually the old ones and have some psychological rewards while involving some external accountability. 

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Keystone Habits

They tend to have ripple effects which change your behavior in unexpected ways.

The power of a keystone habit draws from its ability to set off a chain reaction that causes other...

Examples of Keystone Habits

Exercising regularly is for many people a keystone habit because when they do it, they also make healthier eating and life choices and procrastinate less.

Other keystone habits include: meditation, reading, writing and socialising. They provide a nice foundation for a healthy life in all domains

Identify Your Keystone Habits

Look for behaviors that have a ripple effect, and change your other behaviors without extra effort. 

Also, pay attention to how you see yourself when you do a particular habit: Does it change your self-image? Do you feel better when you think of yourself as a person?

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