When most people think of successful people, they often think that they were simply “born that way”, that they were “lucky”, or that they went through a magical moment that changed everything for them.
However, your life cannot be shaped through a single moment, but rather, each subsequent moment. It is what you do in one moment that determines what you experience in the next moment. As Gary Keller said,
“The truth about success is that our ability to achieve extraordinary results in the future is a combination of powerful moments, one after the other. “What he does at any given moment determines what he experiences at the next moment.”
In fact, the famous saying goes, “Small things become big things.” What is repeated is learned. What is taught becomes habit. Habits become your whole life.
If you want to change who you are or what you achieve, I suggest you look at the little things. What is it that you do every day, that is shaping you into what you become?
The rest of this article will explore 5 little things that very successful and productive people do differently.
They invest in themselves
Isn’t it interesting that most people happily spend money on junk food and entertainment, but still when they see the cost of a book or a seminar, they immediately say, “no thank you.”
You may ask: Why does this happen? Because for them, it has more to do with cost than reward. They really can not see how a book of 2000 lek can contribute to their lives. Thus, they simply ignore it.
However, when you start to see things as an investment rather than a cost, you realize that your whole life is a matter of priorities, and spending money on your goals and dreams helps you grow as an individual.
They eliminate distractions
“Distractions destroy action. If it does not bring you closer to your goal, do not do it. ” -Jermaine Riley
The reality is that most people just do not know who they are. As a result, the world simply decides for them. They are easily withdrawn from all distractions in the world.
However, those who are successful and productive are able to filter out the junk from the essentials. As Cal Newport said,
“Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not matter.”
They spend time creating more than consuming
Most people live in their head. They think a lot and analyze a lot. Instead of creating their own work, they consume that of other people.
Of course, being inspired is good. Whatever someone else has done, you can do it too, but you have to be willing to tie your boots and go out on the field. As Seth Godin said,
“Twenty people on the field and eighty thousand in the stands. The spectators are the ones who pay to watch but it is the players on the pitch who feel alive. ”
They shorten their to-do list
Activity and productivity are not the same thing. You can do a lot in one day, however, marking ‘to-dos’ is not a sign of success. Instead of trying to figure out how much you can do, focus on what you are doing.
As Benjamin P. Hardy said,
“Success is 20 steps in one direction instead of 1 step in 20 directions.”
Indeed, the key to productivity is not necessarily doing more, but letting what matters most run your day. Find your top priorities and then set them.
You can probably agree – most people have a complete lack of gratitude for their current circumstances in life. Instead of being grateful for what they have, they are completely focused on what they do not have.
They often insist that they will be happier when they achieve more goals, get more wealth, or see some other material change in their circumstances.
However, this will never happen – unless you value what you have already received, you will never be satisfied with what you receive.
Very successful and productive people, however, do not take any moment as trivial. Their security is internal. They are not worried about the results. They know everything is coming.