Monday, July 28, 2014

10 Secrets of Outstandingly Successful People

Abraham Lincoln
According to Tactics, the Art & Science of Success, a book written by Edward de Bono, there are  many styles of success. It depends both on the personality of the person and, to some extent, on the field of success. In spite of the vast differences in the way they do things and achieve success they share common traits: 

1.      Energy: Energy derives from a healthy body and a healthy mind. Energy manifests itself in enthusiasm, eagerness and stamina. It allows a person to work hard under stressful situations. Successful people are bursting with robust energy.

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.
Oprah Winfrey

2.      Determination:  Failures and setbacks will not deter and discourage them to pursue their goals and aspirations.  They are passionate about what they do and they are working on it relentlessly and patiently. 

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” 
Mario Andretti

3.      Single-mindedness: They do not have an alternative plan. There is only one goal and one objective. They are focused.

"My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things." 
 Bill Gates

4.      Attitude: They are people with a positive mindset. They are hopeful with an expectation of success because they are confident and optimistic.

“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” 
Brian Tracy

5.      Vision: They dream and conceive big Goals. They have clear objectives and their daily activities are aligned towards their goals.   

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.” 
Helen Keller

6.      Creativity: Successful people are resourceful and innovative. They make things happen and create opportunities for themselves.

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo da Vinci 

7.      See things differently: They look at things from a different perspective. They are curious to learn new things and make changes. They take risks and they do not stay in the comfort zone.

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.” 
Stephen R. Covey

8.      Networking: They are collaborative and they believe in team effort. No one can be successful with the help of others in one way or another.

Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." 
Mattie Stepanek

9.      Master of time: They follow a productive routine and get things done. They turn their idea into action quickly. They don’t procrastinate or hesitate.   

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” 
Peter Drucker

10.  Honest: they have a strong sense of basic ethics and integrity. They are dependable and they guard their reputation.

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.
Abraham Lincoln


Conclusion

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United Sates, is one such outstandingly successful person who fits in perfectly to the descriptions mentioned above. According to an article, A Great Leader,  these are some of the positive  words used to describe such a  person:   determination, integrity, patience,  vision,  tenacity, confidence, responsibility decisiveness ,  enthusiasm, curiosity,  committed,  time management, learning, excel, ambition, resourcefulness, attitude, people-oriented, morality, compassion, communicate, listen, trust and respect.

Emulate the ways of the successful people to achieve your goals and ambitions. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How To Manage Your Life Productively

Blooming Chestnut Tree

Productivity in life is more than getting more things done. It is about living a balanced life. It means when you work you are able to get done those things which are important. You are also able to take breaks to unwind and relax while at work.  There is also time for you to spend with your family. You are also able to allocate time to exercise and to be alone. There is also time in your life to socialize and make important connections.  You know personal finance is important to you and you are able to spend time regularly to review your budget. These are important areas in your life, when you are productive you are able to manage your time wisely.

How do you go about doing it?

1.      Purpose in life: You are born into this world to play a role. Find out your purpose in life and create a personal missions statement.  Your purpose in life is closely linked to your interests and passion. It is also about what you are good at and capable of doing. What you do best is also creating value and contributing to society. You are able to fulfill your ambition and aspirations. You are happy and satisfied when you know you have found your role in life. As an example a sweeper may be a minor role in life because it is what he can do. His role is still important and essential to maintain a clean environment for all of us. 

2.      Manage your mind: Your mind controls what you do every day. Positive thoughts create positive emotions so that you are cool, calm and collected to manage your life under stressful situations. You are able to focus and get things done one task at a time.

3.      Manage your body: Health is the foundation of your life. Good health promotes energy and vitality. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Sufficient sleep every night is crucial to recharge your battery and for you to stay alert all day.    

4.      Productive habits:

·         A routine for everything: It is important to create a routine in your life so that life goes on smoothly. Such routines like getting up early, enjoying your breakfast, working out in the evening after work and reading a few pages before  going to sleep.. 

·         Daily things to do: Getting ready a to-do list in the evening for the following day is a productive habit of many successful and famous people.  According to an article,
The Amazing History of the to-do List – and How to make one that actually works, Benjamin Franklin is a great example of someone known for using lists to encourage his own self-improvement. Benjamin also set himself a strict daily routine, which included time for sleeping, meals and working, all set for specific times of the day. 

·         Write things down: Ideas need to be captured immediately in writing.  Moreover it is a good habit to write things down so that you will commit to take action.    According to an article, Start Writing Things Down, It Will Skyrocket Your Productivity by Kosio Angelov, Get in the habit of writing stuff down. Get into the habit of getting it out of your head, out of your mind, and on an outside medium, and you’re going to see how your entire productivity, your organization, and your flow and focus are just going to get better. Do it over time, put it as a habit, make it a point for you to write stuff down, and your productivity is going to increase dramatically.


·         Do it now: Instead of procrastinating; you do what needs to be done right away. There are other issues to attend to on another day and you may not be able to do it in a rush.

·         Be prepared: Like getting a to-do list ready, it is a productive habit to be well prepared. As an example, before you go to attend an interview in an unfamiliar place, you will identify the location and find how long it will take you to reach there before hand so that you will not be late on the actual day.    

·         Embrace technology: Use online tools. A good example is cloud computing. Keep your files with cloud storage providers such as Google Drive or iCloud so that you can access them anywhere anytime to get things done.  

Conclusion

Obama is one of the powerful people in the world; his role is to manage America. However, he is just like us; he needs to spend time with his children and wife. He needs to take leave to release stress at work. He has to manage his tax affairs. What about you? Do you know your purpose in life? Are you focused and do those things which are important in your life daily? Be purposeful be productive.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Free Cloud Storage that I Use Productively


According to an article, What Is Cloud Computing, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.

Who are the free storage providers that I take advantage of cloud computing productively?

They are Google Drive, Apple iCloud and pocket.
Google Drive

I get 15 GB of free storage form Google Drive to keep pictures, files, designs, drawings, recordings, videos and anything at all and view them anywhere anytime.

In addition, I use spreadsheet to keep track of my monthly expenses and I do content audit as suggested by Neil Patel in his article, How to Conduct a Content Audit on Your SiteI also use Mindmup  to do brainstorming of my life in several important areas like career,personal finance, health, family, relationships and future plan and save it at Google Drive. 

I keep many online and bank account passwords in one document so that I can access them anywhere whenever necessary. I find that this is the best way of arrangement for me.

The other day  when I sent my iPad for repair I had to transfer my passwords to my hard drive because the technician would  have access to my iPad and my data. This is one security issue to watch out for because your date is in the cloud and available on all your devices.

Apple iCloud

Apart from getting free storage for 5 GB, I get many free services similar to Google Drive:

Mail: As the name suggests, it is for emails

Contact: You can keep a list of people you know and their phone numbers with notes.

Calendar: Use this to keep track of appointments, things to do in the future.

Notes: Whatever you want to jot down you can do it here

Reminders: Keep your appointments and schedules here so that you will not forget.  

Find my iPhones: Get online and locate your iPhones and other Apple gadgets when you can’t find them.  

Pages: This is for you to write articles and create documents.

Numbers: Use their spreadsheet and crunch you figures here

Keynotes: This is the place to prepare your presentations.

I mainly use the Calendar to manage my routines and things to be done in the future.
Pocket

Pocket was founded in 2007 by Nate Weiner to help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline.

Pocket is the place where I store articles to read later using PC at home, in the office or on the go using my iPad. It is free.


Conclusion

Life is so easy with cloud computing because you can access your files and get work done at home, in the office or while you are travelling.

Are you using free cloud storage? Share your story.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Career Unintentionally

Working Woman
You want to get ahead at work and you think you are doing fine and in control of your career. Deadlines are met and work is carried out smoothly. However, there are things that you have overlooked or because it is your daily habits  you do not notice that are obstructing you to grow your career. Find out if the following bad habits are sabotaging your career

1.      Confine to your own department: You run your own department in tip-top condition and you don’t care about what’s happening in other departments. If you aim to play a bigger role in an establishment you need to expose yourself to the whole setup. Find out how all the departments are interconnected in order to function as an operating unit. According to an article, 5 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Career Success, if you’re not actively networking outside of your own team, you could be seriously hurting your success.
  
2.      Not to upgrade yourself: Do not rest on your laurels, your ways of doing things and your thinking may be outdated. You need to update yourself and learn the latest technology in order to work productively.  You need to contribute more and provide more value, as an example, in order to be the last one to be considered in case of a retrenchment exercise.  
  
3.      Not accepting offer to take up new challenges: You boss spotted your potential, but you denied yourself to catch hold of an opportunity. To take new challenges is to make progress in your career. Nothing in life comes easy, you have to face difficulties but with determination you will be able to overcome obstacles.

4.      Low profile: Do not just bury yourself in your work. You need to promote yourself to get noticed.  Do not think that people will recognize and reward you even if you don’t let them know what you’ve accomplished on a regular basis. Your boss is a busy person and you need to keep him posted about your progress so that he or she can keep you in mind. 

5.      In your comfort zone: You are comfortable at work. You do not want to make changes. On day you may be the victim of changes that are taking place in the company. Your job may be redundant.   

6.      You are all by yourself: Getting to know the right people and get connected is more than just for your survival but it is crucial for you to move up your career.You need the help of other people in your circle to move up the ladder or move to a greener pasture.

7.      Appearance: It is not enough to be able to perform. You need to take care of your packaging to impress others that you are smart, neat and meticulous. It will enhance your confidence and complement your image.     

8.      Your think you are irreplaceable: Nobody is irreplaceable. There are people who are just as good if not better willing to take your post at a lower remuneration.  If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.  You can’t grow, move on, and expand your horizons. Being irreplaceable is actually a hindrance in your career.

9.      Wrong attitude: Examine yourself closely. Do not think that you are not the problem, the others are. Find out from someone who can relate to you about your attitude. Listen and make positive changes.  

10.  Procrastinate: You are smart; you know what to do but you never t take the first step. When you are not prepared, as an opportunity presents itself, you are going to miss the boat.   

Conclusion

You can make changes in your life if you find some points which are relevant in your situation. The most important thing is to move with the time, embrace new ideas, get to know more people, keep fit, be healthy and never stop learning.Updating and upgrading yourself are crucial to survive and sustain your career.

Monday, July 14, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Are Not Happy

Westie

We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it. - Willie Nelson

Unhappiness is about negativity. Instead of looking at the bright side of things your outlook is groom and doom, you response to things with a negative mindset. Here are the ten sins of your unhappiness:

1.     Focus on your regrets and fears: You can’t undo your wrong doings in the past and your fears about the future are not happening now and may not happen at all. Treasure the present moment, it is the only time you can do your best to create a better future with the bitter lessons you have learnt from the past. Focus on doing what is important in your life and celebrate at the end of each day on what you have achieved for the day.  
        
2.     Negative thoughts: When your thinking is negative, quickly switch your thoughts with a positive perspective. Views problems as challenges and setbacks as training to boost your resilience. Positive thoughts motivate you and provide the energy for you to take action.     

3.     Purposeless living: You do not like your job but you do not know what you want in life. Find out what inspires and interests you. Identify your hobbies. You purpose in life is what you can do to make you proud and happy.

“I'm not unhappy," he said. "Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I've got a purpose.” -  Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

4.     Unhealthy lifestyle: Bad habits like smoking, drinking, getting up late, procrastinating, eating junk food and sitting all day watching TV are a drain of your energy. Get outdoors, move your body, breathe in fresh air and bathe under the sun. You will be more alert, energetic and feel good about yourself.        

5.     Negative energy: Complaining, getting angry and holding grudges do more harm to yourself than to others. Be kind to yourself and to others. Forgive and adopt an attitude of gratitude. Peace of mind promotes happiness.

6.     Compare yourself and your life to others: The only thing you get out of comparison with others is jealousy and discontentment.  Improve yourself and get better with each passing day. In this way you will feel more confident and happy about your own progress in life.

7.     Living beyond your means: It is like trying to follow the lifestyle of others and get into debt. It brings misery and anxiety. Live the way your financial resources allow you. Happiness is debt-free. 

8.     Low self-esteem: Do not just look at your weaknesses only and ignore your strengths. We are all not perfect; we make the best use of what we have and do what we can do. Love yourself and put your best foot forward.  Be cheerful and greet the world with a broad smile every day. Research shows that the more you acknowledge your past successes, the more confident you’ll become in taking on new challenges. 

9.           Not reaching out: Unhappiness is about loneliness and isolation. 

     Find people who are cheerful and get along with them. They will lift your spirits up.

     According to an article, Is modern life making us lonely, loneliness not only makes 

     us unhappy, but it is bad   for us.  It can lead to a lack of   confidence and mental 

     health problems   like depression, stress and anxiety.


10.     Negative influences: Reading newspapers and watching TV only disturb your mind and zap your energy because sensational news like violence and crime dominate the mass media. Read more motivational books and articles to fortify your positive outlook in life.

Conclusion

You are responsible for your own life. You are in control. When you decide to be happy nobody can stop you.  You can make positive changes and get positive results. Think happiness and be happy.

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition - Martha Washington

Thursday, July 10, 2014

What is Your Purpose in Life?

Large Tree 2

I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

According to an article, Top five regrets of the dying, "This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it."

What do you do to avoid not living the life you want? Find your purpose in life.
Whatever you do, it is your choice; you are responsible for your own life. Things you decide to do or not do will influence the outcome of your life. The purpose of living is to be happy. You decide what is important in your life. You live your life with passion, energy and health.

This is how I find my life’s purpose. I start off with my personal mission statement:

As a blogger I write to inform, educate, guide, inspire and motivate my readers. I answer the questions of who, what, how, why and when.

I match it with my skills and what I am interested to do in which I am happy about it.
 
As soon as you have your personal mission statement written, you have to answer the following questions:

·        How often you do things as stated in your personal mission statement? You can’t change your life overnight. If you are not doing it now you may not be able to take off later. You have to start doing it now in a small way and build up your momentum.

·        Is it what you are good at? You will do what you are capable of doing and you will be happy and be engrossed in doing things that you enjoy and passionate about.

·        Do you find happiness and satisfaction in what you want to do?

·        Will you be consistent in doing it day in and day out?


When you cannot answer these questions with affirmation, you need to change your personal mission statement. Your personal mission statement is aligned with you talents, aspirations and values in life. As an example, you work in the office and you aspire to be a great chef. Is cooking your hobby? Have you been spending your free time in the kitchen cooking up some dishes?     Do you learn from others and read a lot about cooking?      


Conclusion:

The most important thing to remember is that if you cannot do great things, you do small things in a great way. You are in this world to play a role and you act the best you can. When you die people will remember you for what you have done in a positive light.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

10 Daily Habits of Productive People

Business Team - Vector 2
Efficiency is doing a thing right; effectiveness is doing the right thing. Productivity is doing the right thing the right way.

Productive people are successful in their own field of expertise. They work hard and they also work smart by getting important things done without hurrying by or under undue stress because they adopt similar daily productive habits.

1.      To-do list and daily routine: A to-do list works hand in hand with their daily routine. They have already established their productive routine and they will just slot in the daily tasks as stated in their to-do list for the day. The list is short and priority is given to the most important tasks and it is scheduled in the morning, their high energy period.      

2.      Daily exercise: Daily physical activity is an essential part of their productive daily habit. When it is carried out after work, it is to unwind, to recharge and to refresh physically and mentally. They get outside to be with nature and breathe in fresh air.  

3.      Early riser: According to an article, The Power of Mornings: Why Successful Entrepreneurs Get up Early, it is mentioned that for 15 years, Starbucks President Michelle Gaas has set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. to go running. Gretchen Ruben, popular author of The Happiness Project (Harper Perennial, 2011) wakes up at 6 a.m. and works for an hour before her family rises. They have established a regular sleep routine to enjoy a good night’s sleep for around 8 hours. When they are up and about early they have ample time to have a workout, a healthy breakfast and the time to visualize the day ahead of them.

4.      Learn: Productive people are constantly learning; they ask questions. They are curious and they want to know more so that they can apply what they have learnt to practical uses and be more productive.   

5.      Positive outlook: They are many ways productive people stay positive. They get support from positive people and when they work they are able to  reduce their stress levels to a minimum because they are proactive and are able to manage their time effectively

6.      Do it now: Taking action is the hallmark of productive people. They plan and they execute their plan. They will not do things all by themselves but employing skillful delegation to get things done.

7.      Live now: Mindfulness is a focused attention to the present. It is a productive habit. Productive people avoid multitasking and reduce distractions to the minimum. At work, their mind is here and now. In a 2011 Vogue feature, Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group described early-morning yoga and meditation as two of her "joy triggers.” Huffington has spoken out on the benefits of mindfulness not just for individual health, but also for corporate bottom lines. "Stress-reduction and mindfulness don't just make us happier and healthier, they're a proven competitive advantage for any business that wants one," she wrote in a recent blog.

8.      Think, plan ahead and be prepared: Productive people do not put out fire. They are proactive and take preventative measures to avoid emergency situation just like a maintenance manager   in a factory doing regular checking with a check list. In the case of busy entrepreneurs they foresee challenging situations ahead of them and work out a flexible plan. They are prepared; they visualize on the end result and work backwards.

9.      Gratitude: According to an article, Increasing Productivity with Gratitude, it is mentioned that increasing productivity with gratitude is, indeed, a highly effective process. Why? In a nutshell, giving and receiving thanks increases release of dopamine, therefore raising your energy. This neurotransmitter plays a critical role in the function of the central nervous system, and it is also linked with the brain's complex system of motivation and reward. Who doesn't feel more productive and content where higher levels of motivation and reward are involved?  Productive peopled keep a gratitude journal and write a few things that they are grateful for every day. They say thank you more often and they express appreciation regularly to the right people.


10.  Taking breaks: Productive people are not ruthless to get more done. They know it is counterproductive. They take breaks and especially their lunch break. The get out of their work place and get outside for a change of environment to relieve tiredness and exhaustion and to refresh the mind.


Conclusion

Productive people are the master of time and tasks. They are focused on the things that produce results. They have time for work, play, family and for themselves alone. They know what is important in their life and they allocate time to do it every day. They are super achievers and at the end of each day they are satisfied and happy with what they have accomplished for the day. 
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