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The five habits of successful people

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They say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and just two days of not doing something for a habit to be lost. That sounds like quite a bit of hard work!

The truth is though that there are certain habits that are worth forming, and worth working on, because the end results yield wonderful rewards.

There have been many studies that analyse what successful people do, when and why. What is most interesting is that commonalities do exist. These are some of the practices that successful people engage I before 9am:

  1. They meditate

Meditation is not for everyone, but meditation takes various forms. You don’t have to sit cross legged on the floor, humming. Rather, it can also be quiet introspective reflection where you contemplate your life, your business and your goals in a quiet and concentrated space.

  1. They read

Successful people read prolifically. They focus and become experts on topics that are pertinent and relevant to their businesses. They take the time to develop their knowledge base and skill-set so that they are ahead of the pack, and create their own opinions and frameworks.

  1. They exercise

Successful people take care of their bodies as well as their minds and spirituality. They keep themselves active in such a way that their bodies are a tool and not an inhibitor. Successful people realise that accomplishment requires an holistic approach, and that exercise provides energy, endorphins, and improves overall health.

  1. They eat well

Food is fuel that energises your body. Healthy eating maintains a healthy mindset and provides the ability to concentrate on what matters. Most people will tell you that if they start the day eating well, they tend to watch what they eat throughout the day. Successful people will verify this. Breakfast is taken seriously, and it’s healthy.

  1. They network 

One of the fundamental components to success is networking. And believe it or not, this is a habit. Successful people prioritise networking and work on networking all the time. They also follow up and build relationships with their network so that it is stable, accessible and the business person remains memorable.


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Inspiration from TED

pablo-17Inspiration is defined as ‘something that makes someone want to do something’.  TED is probably one of the most inspirational platforms in the world. The myriad of talks and topics are an essential component of any coach’s toolkit. Often this is because the experts who talk, say things so well, and have that amazing capacity to inspire us.

It’s difficult to select five of the most inspirational  talks, but these are some to get the year off to a fantastic and positive start. Each one is between 10 to 15 minutes, and can change the way you see yourself, and how you choose to live your life.

  1. Are you human, by Ze Frank

A four and a half minute series of questions which will make you smile, laugh at yourself, and truly feel like you share certain commonalities with every other member of the human race. This talk is lovely in its unusual presentation, and in the way in which it is received by the audience.

  1. Why you will fail to have a great career, by Larry Smith

Larry is an economist who has a very dry sense of humour and a realistic approach to one’s career. Do not be put off by the negative title – it’s a very upbeat and humorous talk, which really hits home in terms of kick starting your own career, and getting yourself into action!

  1. The paradox of choice, by Barry Schwartz

A realistic and thought-provoking look at our lives, circumstance and the currently reality of being overwhelmed by choices in every aspect of life. This talk takes a surprising twist by approaching a topic that would generally be seen as being highly optimistic, and making the listening think a little bit about their lives and the choices that they make.

  1. Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce, by Malcom Gladwell

By using the analogy of finding the perfect spaghetti sauce, Malcom Gladwell discusses the pursuit of happiness and human nature regarding choice. He discusses the search for perfect spaghetti sauce with great humour and simplicity. The correlation is to humanity: how we think we do not always know what we want, but if we are asked the right questions, we know exactly what we want!

  1. The surprising science of happiness, by Dan Gilbert

We seem to be conditioned to believe that if we get what we want we will be happy, and conversely, if we don’t get what we want we will be unhappy. Dan challenges this idea by introducing a concept called ‘our psychological immune system’, which is our internal pilot that ensures that we are really happy – even when we don’t get what we want!

Inspiration comes in various forms and means, and affects different people in different ways. Use the resources that you have to keep yourself enthused. It is through our internal stimulation that we drive ourselves to greatness and to achieve all those dreams that we dream for ourselves.


 

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Mind over mattress: why waking up earlier matters

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Have you ever been so inspired by what you do that you jump out of bed early in the morning, filled with energy and ready to start working on your passion? For many of us this is unfortunately something we only see in the movies!

The funny thing is that people who have the habit of waking up early and getting those couple of extra hours in the day, not only get more done, but also seem to have more energy and a retain a sense of calm in their day.

From Benjamin Franklin and Ernest Hemingway to Richard Branson, an overwhelming number of super successful people publicise their daily ritual of rising with or before the sun. In April 2013 The Guardian published an article stating that the majority of successful business leaders wake up and jump out of bed before 5am.

Imagine what you could achieve if you had an extra hour in your day, every day? That would give you seven extra hours a week, which is almost a full working day! You’d get 365 extra productive hours a year, which equates to an extra month in which you could learn a new language, finish that assignment, or write the report that you never seem to get to.

It’s not only a matter of mind over mattress, but also a matter of putting aside the mind’s chatter (“you’re tired”, “you need more sleep”), and igniting excitement about the formation of new, highly beneficial habits.

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Work-life balance and optimising support

What's work-lifebalance?

We’ve heard it said before: “No-one lies on their deathbed and wishes that they’d spent more time at the office.” The irony is that this is often said to those who desperately need to hear it, but although most of us would agree with the sentiment, there is frequently something stronger that drives us and pulls us into working long hours, whether ambition, a sense of responsibility towards our clients and our business, or an overwhelming to-do list.

The key to achieving a sense of work-life balance is to integrate the meaningful components of your life in such a way that each part of your life can flourish.

We’re not saying that the some parts of people’s lives don’t function independently, but rather that if your family supports and understands your work, they feel more involved, you feel less alone, and you are able to achieve a sense of belonging with your own people. In a way it’s about having your own cheerleading squad who support and sustain you – to include your loved ones in your work life makes absolute sense.

We believe David Rockefeller summed it up perfectly in a sentence:

“I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one’s life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad, and material things cease to be important.”


 

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Wake up to your passion

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You know what’s amazing? If you look at great inventors, composers or artists, there are always stories detailing how they spent hours as children investigating, growing and cultivating their competencies in one way or another. That passion then grew into an art form, which became integrally and seamlessly part of their lives.

Think about when you were a kid. What did you spend your time doing? What was your greatest pleasure? Did you transform it into your adulthood occupation? Or are you miles away, doing something that makes you count the hours until you can be free from your office? And how is it that some people get it right and love their work?


When it comes down to it, it’s the strength of the passion that ultimately drives people to become fully engaged in what they love doing. They cannot imagine doing anything else, and in many cases, they cannot force themselves to do anything else.


It may sound a cliché, but you really are the captain of your own destiny. It’s up to you to steer the ship of your own path, and chart the waters of circumstance in the direction that you aspire to. When you were a child, if someone asked you what you wanted to spend your time doing, the answer came really easily.

So think about this: What is it that you really love spending your time doing? And how can you make a career of it?

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