6 Principles That Can Make You Ultra Successful in Less Than 10 Years 105

6 Principles That Can Make You Ultra Successful in Less Than 10 Years

This article was written by Catrin Cooper, a freelance writer and content manager from San Francisco. She sees her purpose in providing people with up-to-date info in spheres of marketing, self-development, and real estate. Apart from work, she adores traveling and yoga.

Some of us envy about our neighbor’s success. What we don’t know is that they, too, experience some ups and downs but they didn’t give up. That’s because they know how to get their act together; while the rest are having difficulties getting through a day.

Are they intelligent or just born with a silver spoon? You may ask.

You may be surprised to know that success isn’t limited to the size of your bank account, who your parents are and what your IQ level is. Although there’s no specific formula for success, successful people share traits that helped them in getting ahead of their game.

To help you have a right state of mind so that you can achieve your goals, here are some principles that you need to adhere if you wish to be ultra-successful in less than ten years.

1. Learn every day.

Improve your learning curve to a point where you already feel comfortable with learning new topics.

Every day,  devote 15 minutes of your time to a non-fiction book reading. It’s not a lot, but it makes a difference to your development.

If you are considering investing in real estate, try reading books about this industry. Or simply read something success-oriented to get in a more motivated state of mind and understand how to move forward with a new career or skill.

2. Use visualization.

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Success always starts with a goal. Whether your goal is big or small, it’ll guide you in the right direction. And to reach that destination, you need hard work and determination. But before you can believe in your goal, you need to know what it looks like.

With visualization, you’re creating a mental image of your prosperous future. Visualizing your desired outcome allows you to see the possibility of fulfilling your dream or goal.

You’ll get a glimpse of what is your preferred future. It gives you more motivation and allows you to prepare more to pursue that goal.

But visualization isn’t the same as “think it and you’ll be it” advice. Rather, it’s a method of improvement with scientific evidence. Successful people, like Oprah Winfrey, use it.

Oprah used to tell herself when she was young: “My life won’t be like this. My life won’t be like this, it will be better.” And her life wasn’t just better; she’s enjoying the best life that anyone could ever hope for.

In fact, Oprah creates her own vision boards. She advised her fans to create the grandest vision possible because “you become what you believe.”

Most athletes are also using visualization to help them increase their performance. For them, visualization improves concentration and coordination. It helps them relax and reduces their fear and anxiety.

3. Set priorities.

In our time-pressured world, it’s common to have several overlapping commitments that need our attention. Urgency has become an everyday occurrence.

To manage a flood of responsibilities while doing an excellent job and staying positive, you need to organize your priorities. As Stephen Covey suggested, you need to list your priorities in a grid with four quadrants.

In the first quadrant, write the most urgent and vital task. On the second quadrant, list down things that are not urgent but important. The third quadrant will have a list of things that are urgent but not important. And the fourth quadrant includes not urgent and not important tasks.

Most of our activities are in quadrants I and III. Hence, quadrant II is underused but it’s equally important. To successfully manage your priorities, make sure to find ways on how to expand quadrant II.

4. Manage money wisely.

Remember the first principle, learn every day? Yes, one of the books that you must read is financial management. The topic is vital to your long-term success as an individual or entrepreneur.

Those financial management books will teach you how to have a cash cushion. Experts recommend having enough money saved for six months to pay your bills before you even start investing.

The cushion is vital to your backup financial plan, in case your endeavor doesn’t work in your favor.

And if you have credit cards, make sure to manage them properly. Not all people know it, but credit cards are the worst investment in your life. You must only use them during emergencies and pay them off every 30 days.

5. Get up early.

To maximize your day, you need to get up early and tackle those difficult tasks. The most successful individuals wake up at 5 am and start working at 8 AM.

You can sleep in when you have already achieved your life goals. But when you’re nearly there, opt to make the most of your day and attack it soon.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, for example, wakes up at 3:45 am every morning. He does email for one hour and goes to the gym before he heads for work. It’s not difficult for him because he loves what he does and he doesn’t think of his work as work.

Richard Branson of Virgin Group rises as early as 5:45 in the morning. He uses the early hours to exercise before going to work.

6. Follow a healthy lifestyle.

As stated by Stephen Covey, it’s vital to have Production and Production Capability balance. You can stay up all night each night to get your projects done. Your goal, of course, is to increase production.

But as you increase production, your capability to produce diminishes because your production capacity fades as a result of lack of sleep.

You’ll get sick, and you’ll spend the money you have in hospitalization and doctor’s fees.

It’s like having a car. You need to maintain it to keep it going regularly. Failure to do so means your car won’t run smoothly in the long run.

You may have saved a bit of money on maintenance. But that’s only for a short term.

Not having it maintained regularly will cause a frequent breakdown in the future. It means you need to spend more of your money, including the money you’ve saved from not undergoing regular maintenance.

To keep your production and production capability balance, you should perform regular exercise, eat a balanced diet, and learn how to relax to keep stress at bay.

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The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

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While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.