Daily Mistakes You Make That Ruin Your Efforts To Succeed

Every day things happen; good, bad or surprising but it is how you manage your work day that matters most. Success will never be achieved if

  1. You Wait

Sitting around every day thinking how you would rather be doing something else but do not take the necessary steps to do that ‘something else’ is a mistake. Start doing that something because the most effective way is to do it.

Waiting to do something until you have reassurance you will succeed is the wrong way to start whatever it is you have been wanting to start. So don’t wait for some kind of ‘miraculous’ moment in life. This is simply unrealistic, instead of waiting around force yourself to get going with the task at hand and before you know it; you will have done it successfully.

In general, as soon as you think something needs to be done, jump into it and do it immediately. Do not start a debate with yourself on whether you should do it now or later.

  1. You Stop

In the middle of a task do not suddenly think of something else and then stop to do that something else. Just finish one task before going on to the next. Diligence is essential for finishing any task and fulfilling any ideas.

To succeed at something requires resilience and perseverance (staying power). Adopt the pursuit skills of a survivor and never quit. Eliminate anything that’s both truly demotivating and unnecessary for you to do and put in the hard work so major goals can be accomplished. Stop making calls and sending out emails that are irrelevant to what you are doing and stop answering emails that are not advancing your work.

  1. You Over Commit

Always agreeing to do something when you should be saying no to it will only increase your stress and even erode your confidence. Saying no is a major challenge for many people but “No” is a powerful word that you should not be afraid to use.

When it’s time to say no, do so and do not give half commitments with phrases like

“I think I can” or “I will try.” To some people this is as good as saying yes.

Saying no to a new commitment will help you honor your existing commitments and will give you the chance to successfully fulfill them.

  1. You Don’t Apportion

Carefully take the time to list and be specific about exactly what you want to accomplish and when. Rather than saying, “I want to accomplish more this year”, write down what you want to have or where you actually want to be at the end of the period you set yourself. Also write what you will do to accomplish every item on the list.

Break down the list of things you need to accomplish into short term, mid-term and long term plans to achieve your goal. Basically, break down your master list into smaller tasks and then add them to your daily to-do list.

Achieve small victories every day.


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