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Want a promotion? These 4 habits are more powerful than talent

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 the 'self-talk' we do every day.

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Want a promotion? These 4 habits are more powerful than talent

Want a promotion? These 4 habits are more powerful than talent

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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 the 'self-talk' we do every day.

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, and those opportunities are usually hidden in the things we normally say 'No' to. Considering saying 'Yes' can provide us with the high road to success eventually.

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 energies on other things.

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 good way to implement this is to attend conferences and workshops.

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 a series of other powerful habits. Even a small habit can be an entry point to set your day into action.

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How To Choose Good Habits
  • Envision your ideal end result. What are you going to achieve?
  • Write it down. It will serve as a powerful motivation, especially if you include why you want it.
Good Habits For Health and Fitness
  • Regular Aerobic Exercise: Great for both your physical and mental health. Increases the production of dopamine and boosts creativity.
  • Preparing Your Own Meals. It’ll take some getting used to, but it’s a habit that’ll boost your health, wealth and productivity. 
Good Habits For Finance and Wealth
  • Create a Household Budget: the best habit to help you save money. A household budget helps to encourage frugality and discourage impulse spending. You’ll feel more motivated to engage in other good financial habits once you’ve got this in place.
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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.

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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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