The result of extreme success is often pretty noisy – lots of people talking, writing, and sharing stories about it.
The actual process of achieving enormous successon the other hand is far more discreet.
But it’s this process that happens quietly, behind-the-scenes, that makes all the difference in the world.
Marc and I are fortunate enough to know a number of enormously successful human beings.
Regardless of lifestyle, industry or profession, they all share many of the same quiet rituals.
And that’s precisely what I want to discuss with you today…
1. They gradually turn life’s obstacles around.
Many of the most iconic novels, songs and inventions of all time were inspired by gut-wrenching pain and heartbreak.
Therefore, the silver lining of these great challenges is that they were the catalyst to the creation of epic masterpieces.
An emerging field of psychology called Post-Traumatic Growth has suggested that many people are able to use their hardships and traumas for substantial creative and intellectual development.
Specifically, researchers have found that trauma can help people grow in the areas of interpersonal relationships, contentment, gratitude, personal strength, and resourcefulness.
When our view of the world as a safe place, or as a certain type of place, has been shattered, we are forced to reboot our perspective on things.
We suddenly have the opportunity to look out to the periphery and see things with a new, fresh set of beginner’s eyes, which is very conducive to personal growth and long-term success.
2. They mindfully focus on the positive.
A recent scientific study Marc and I were discussing earlier today showed that doctors who are put in a positive mood before making a diagnosis consistently experience significant boosts to their intellectual abilities than doctors in a neutral state, which allows them to make accurate diagnoses almost 20% faster.
The same study then shifted to other vocations and found that optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by over 50%.
Students primed to feel happy before taking math tests substantially outperform their neutral peers.
It turns out that our minds are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative, or even neutral, but when they are positive.
Of course, that’s not to say that successful people never get upset, but your effectiveness in all walks of life will fare better if you’re able to mindfully accept and let go of negative emotions, rather than dwelling on them.
Think a little less about managing your problems and a little more about managing your mindset.
Keep it positive.
3. They eliminate all needless busywork.
At some point we all wonder, “Why is it so impossible to get everything done?” But the answer is stunningly simple: we’re doing too many of the wrong things.
Several research studies have shown that people never get more done by blindly working more hours on everything that comes up.
Instead, they get more done when they follow careful plans that measure and track key priorities and milestones.
So if you want to be more successful and less stressed, don’t ask how to make something more efficient until you’ve first asked, “Do I need to do this at all?”
Simply being able to do something well does not make it the right thing to do.
I think this is one of the most common problems with a lot of time-management advice; too often productivity gurus focus on how to do things quickly, but the vast majority of things people do quickly should not be done at all.
If you think about it, it’s actually kind of ironic that we complain we have so little time, and then we prioritize like time is infinite.
So do your best to focus on what’s truly important and not much else.
And of course if you’re struggling with any of this, know that you are not alone.
Source: Marc and Angel Hack Life