“Successful People Give Up These Things!” Do You?

Have you ever met anyone who did not want to be successful? Doubt it. Have you ever met anyone who was not successful and did not know how to achieve it? Probably. Personally I realize that the more I know the more I know how much I don’t know.  Thus, I am continually searching for ways to maximize my potential to be all that I can be. I share a perspective presented by educator Zdravko Cvijetic with my added commentary.

Successful people give up:

  1. UNHEALTHY LIFE STYLE: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” (Jim Rohn). I would add, take care of your brain. Thus, maintain a healthy diet and get a lot of physical and mental exercise.
  2. SHORT TERM MIND SET: Successful people set long term goals and then develop short term habits to help them reach their goals.
  3. PLAYING SMALL: We are all meant to shine. If you never try and take significant opportunities, or let your dreams become realities, you will never unleash your true potential. Think big and get after it!
  4. YOUR EXCUSES: “It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand”. (Randy Pausch). Successful people know they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weakness, and past failures. Excuses are a cop out and prevent the efforts to succeed.
  5. FIXED MINDSET: Successful people continue to challenge what they know by continuing to acquire new knowledge, learn new skills, and creatively evolve into the fullness of their being. They do not have “hardening of their categories”.
  6. BELIEVING IN THE “MAGIC BULLET”: There is no easy answer, easy way. Overnight success is a myth. Successful people know that making small continual improvements every day will be compounded over time and give the desired results.
  7. PERFECTIONISM: Fear of failure, or perhaps success, often prevents people from taking the risks, making the effort, to reach their goal. They think that they have to get it perfect; thus they don’t get after it. Get started with your plan and keep plugging away at it and it will continue to come into fruition.
  8. MULTI-TASKING: “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” (Winston Churchill) Successful people are focused on the goal, minimizing distractions. They are fully present and committed to the primary committed task.
  9. NEED TO CONTROL EVERYTHING: “Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” Epicetus. Detach from the things you cannot control and focus on the ones you can.
  10. GIVE UP ON SAYING YES TO THINGS THAT DON’T SUPPORT YOUR GOALS: Successful people know that to achieve their goal they must be able to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from other people.
  11. TOXIC PEOPLE: This is a big one. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn) People we spend time with, add up to who we become. Move on from those who stifle your growth and connect with those who may well be ahead of you so that you can move forward faster.
  12. NEED TO BE LIKED: “The only way to avoid pissing off people is to do nothing important.” (Oliver Emberton) Remain authentic, committed, improve, and bring value and substance to what you do. “What you think of me in none of my business” is a good motto.
  13. DEPENDENCY ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND TELEVISION: “The trouble is, you think you have time” (Jack Kornfield). Time management is important in order to be successful. Too much social media and TV time can be distracting and slow your progress toward achievement.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. It is a snapshot, a perspective to think about if SUCCESS is your goal – what that means to you personally. What areas are there for you to focus on in order to be “successful”?

“The unexamined life is not worth living”  Socrates

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