6 Habits That Will Improve Your Wealth, Success, and Productivity
Everybody wants to be successful, but only a few are ready to put in the work to achieve success. It’s one thing to desire to be successful, it’s another thing to put in the right habit to make you successful. The two things that will get you successful is good habitual routines and hard work. Without these, you just are having the same results you been getting for so long. And for this change to happen you got to have a good and changed mindset.
A mindset is a combination of beliefs and actions. Once you operate in the mindsets of the best, you will become the best, if you operate in the mindset of the mediocre, you will have the result of the mediocre.
In this writeup, there are several mindsets you need to have that will shift you from ordinary successful results to having extraordinary results.
HAVE A WINNING MINDSET
There are three types of mentalities when transactions or deals are taking place between two individuals or companies.
Lose-win is when one party loses the benefits and the other gets all the benefits in the deal. This can come about when two scarcity mentality individuals are having a deal. Where comparison begins to set in.
Win-win applies to when two abundantly mental people come to make a deal-making sure both have mutual benefits from the deal.
HAVE A VISION
Everything is created twice whether you like it or not and whether you are aware of it or not.
The first place is the mind and the second place is in the physical or the real world. Where ever you are, whatever you doing at any point in time, whosoever you are relating with, the kind of relationship you are in, everything started in the mind before it became physical. Be it where u stay, your friends, your achievements, etc.
So before I go further let me give a quick definition of what vision is all about:
A vision is a clear picture of the future you want to feature in.
As simple as that.
There are two types of people in the world.
- Those that the world acts upon to create their vision
- Those that created their vision impacted the world.
The first sets of persons don’t have any direction in life, anywhere the world moves, that’s where they go. They are acted upon by what their boss, teachers, friends. So therefore the vision of others or external influences is created in their minds and not on their own vision.
The second set of persons uses his visions to influence the external or physical. He creates his vision via his desires and passions and not by what the world wants him to be. His vision is strong and very clear so everything around him aligns itself with his vision. The visions he has cannot be influenced adversely by the vision of his boss, teacher, friends, or external influences. He has faith in his vision and believes no matter what it must be accomplished.
So the question is: Have you sat down to clearly state where you want to be in life In the next three years.?
If not you will be moved and driven by the influence of others. It’s very important you have a personal mission and vision statement, where everything you want to be is written down and how you want to achieve that.
BE UNDERSTANDING AND UNDERSTANDABLE
Everyone on planet earth sees things from their own perspective and everyone judges things based on the experiences they got from their past. Whenever there’s an issue between two or more individuals, it’s all because each one is seeing the issues based on their own different perspective, this will lead to misunderstandings, quarrels, and misbehavior.
When such misunderstanding arises, the best way to solve the problem is to ask
“How is this person see the issue.?”
Once you understand how the person sees things, then you have solved all the problem the world is facing.
For example, an extraordinary man in terms of relationships building and goal setting; Steven Cuvy gave an example about a man who said
“he doesn’t understand his son, because his son wouldn’t listen to him”
but Stephen objected him saying
“I thought to understand someone you have to listen to them.”
Do you see it?
To understand someone you have to listen to them. You have to understand the paradigm they are operating in, which will make you know how to respond properly.
Also, when you are having an argument with someone and the person is telling you something that’s not in tune with what you think, the best thing to do is to listen to all the person has to say, then ask him or her why he or she thinks the way they think then after you are fully aware, let the person know and have the feeling that you understand him or her by saying something like: from all what you told me, I now understand how you feel about this, after this, you can now express your own views about the issue and the other person will understand you very well.
For instance, a man and his wife are in a single room sleeping and she tells you she’s feeling cold, the man should empathize with her and ask her what’s the cause of the cold? Then she might say its because the windows are opened. So you understand why she’s cold but you need the windows opened so you could get fresh air, you can either go for a win-lose by going to close the window and not enjoy the fresh air or you go for win-win where you close the window and go sleep in another room with the windows opened.
SHARPEN THE SAW:
There was a great example a man called Stephen Cuvy gave. He said there was a man cutting down a tree with a saw and he’s applying all his might and strength, and his friend walked up to him and said: what are doing?
And he said: I cut down the tree,
and the friend replied: But that saw doesn’t look sharp because you are applying to much strength to cut,
then the man replied: yes., the saw is blunt but I have time to sharpen the saw, so, therefore, I guess I have to saw harder to cut the tree down.
In this scenario, if the man sharpens the saw he will cut the tree in a few minutes with lesser stress applied. That’s how people go through life. They forget the real daily checkup that’s important and go about doing their daily activities.
For example: If all you do to your vehicle is drive and drive, without taking it to the mechanics for services and check-ups (I.e. sharpening the saw of the vehicle); one day the vehicle will develop faults that are will cost you more than the seasonal checkups.
The same thing applies to your body, if you don’t exercise, eat good diets, sleep properly ( i.e. sharpening the saw of your body), one day you could get soo sick that it takes so much time to recover and you spend so much money.
Another example is if you don’t engage in spiritual exercises like meditation, praying, fasting, reading good books, etc ( sharpening the saw of your spirit) you will be emotionally drained and you will react negatively to everything around you.
PUT FIRST THING FIRST.
This is also known or the best definition of mission.
What’s a Mission?
The mission is the strategy to make your vision a reality. In making what you have created in your mind a reality, you have to have strategic lay down rules, orders, and plans on how to achieve them. The right question to ask when creating a mission statement is
“What is the most important thing that could be done at the moment, that will take me to where I want to be at a given time?”
For example: if you want to be a business owner in the next 3 years, you should ask this question: what is the most important thing I could do this moment that will make me be a business owner in the next 3years?
When setting a mission to visualize your vision; the time frame is very important, if not it’s not a mission.
The only way to answer the question of how to achieve your goals in life is to prioritize your daily activities. When setting goals it’s important to realize that yearly goals are important, monthly goals are very important, the daily goals are more very important and hourly goals are most very important; sorry about my vocabulary, I just did that to catch your attention and also to let you know those daily goals are highly important in achieving yearly goals. So, the best way to prioritize your daily activities is to categorize all tasks of the day into 4 categories, They are as follows:
- Urgent and Important task
- Not-urgent but Important task
- Urgent and Not-Important task
- Not-urgent and Not-important task
An urgent and important task is a task done due to Emergencies
Not urgent but important are tasks are done that will build up your SOCIAL & FINANCIAL LIFE which will get you to your goals faster. E.g. Health, Relationships, work, job, business, and planning.
Urgent and not important are tasks done that aren’t a hindrance to your goals e.g. Other people emergencies, deception.
A not urgent and not important task is a task is done that is directly opposing your daily goal eg. Social media, emailing, gisting. Etc.
To achieve your goals quickly focus your attention on task on Urgent and important task and Not Urgent but important tasks.
Bring positive actually means focusing on things that matters and avoiding things that don’t matter in life. These can be classified into two
- Circle of concern
- Circle of influence
Circle of concern: This can be defined as the things that you can’t control e.g.
- Other people mistakes
- Other people opinions and thoughts
These sets of persons are called Reactive because they react to their prevailing environment, People that are in the circle of concern which are the reactive ones are influenced by everything around them. They put blames on things they can’t control. All these affect their daily performance, and because of that they can’t take action on the thing the can control
Circle of influence: These are things that you can control e.g.
These sets of persons are called Proactive, because they don’t react to their prevailing environment, instead they influence the outcome of the prevailing environment.
People in the circle of influence aren’t controlled by the circle of concerns which is out of their control but are concerned by what they can get control over and change the course. By doing this they indirectly influence the outcome of the circle of concerns.
These people know that their decisions determine their lives and not their conditions. They don’t put blames on the things they can’t control but put their effort into things they can control.
These people understand that they can’t control everything that happens, but they can control how they respond the condition. Focus on what you can control and not what you can’t control. Take responsibility for all your actions.
E.g. Two employees are queried by their boss for coming late, one employee gave excuses on the traffic jam, delay in loading passengers in the commercial vehicle, etc the second employee blamed himself, even knowing very well that the traffic jam caused it.
The second employee took responsibility and tried to figure out ways to beat the traffic, the second employee took drastic actions by waking up earlier than usual to beat the traffic jam, asked for an alternative shorter route to the place of work, changed the mode of transport to the place of work. You can see that though the second employee had no power to influence the level of traffic on the road, all he did was change the way he reacted to the traffic so as to beat the traffic.
Establish a morning schedule.
Make an effective morning routine that you can use each morning to offer you the largest advantage possible.
Utilize the 80/20 Rule.
The 80/20 Rule, sometimes referred to as the Pareto Principle, argues that 80 percent of outcomes occur from 20 percent of efforts. In terms of sales, it also means that 20% of consumers account for 80% of total sales. Find the tiny group of activities that are leading to these bigger effects and expand them.
Make a to-do list for each day.
Every day, write down a short list of tasks that you can complete to get you closer to your goals.
List tasks that are significant but not urgent.
When managing your time, focus on things that are crucial but not urgent since they will help you get closer to your long-term objectives.
Daily monitor productivity figures.
Spend some time tracking everything. Right down to the very last dollar, ounce, gramme, or other unit of measurement. By doing this, you can spot trends that will boost your productivity.
Do a daily evaluation of the previous week.
Every day at the end, review your accomplishments and make an inventory of them so you can track your development.
Disregard the irrelevant.
Ignore the things that are a waste of time but that you have a propensity to worry about. While first challenging, this does grow simpler with experience.
Throughout the day, take frequent breaks.
This scientific study reveals that even minor breaks from the activity at hand might increase productivity.
Picture the finished product.
You may overcome and climb the apparently impossible with the use of visualisation, which will also make you more productive throughout the day.
Refrain from distractions and disruptions.
Distractions and interruptions can stop the flow of thought. According to one research, it takes around 25 minutes to resume your flow after losing your train of thought.
Set aside time for email replies.
To avoid being overwhelmed and sidetracked by responding to emails throughout the day, try to group your email reply time into 30- or 1-hour blocks.
Asking for assistance from others around me has been a habit of mine, and it has significantly improved my capacity to begin and continue working on whatever task may be at hand.
Compose in an idea journal.
You never know when inspiration may strike, so take a little notebook and scribble down any thoughts that occur to you during the day that you can later refer to.
Enjoy some solitude.
Spend some alone time. Simply close your eyes and relax with your thoughts. This is about spending some time alone in your head to observe and pay attention to your ideas, not just taking a break.
Show your thankfulness every day.
We frequently want many things, but we typically don’t appreciate things until they are lost. Make it a practise to list 10 things each day for which you are thankful, even if it’s simply that you are six feet above the earth.