We all know someone who works full time, volunteers, writes a book and somehow still finds time to go grocery shopping, cook delicious meals, foster a loving relationship and train for a half marathon.
These super-achievers have the same number of hours in the day as the rest of us, but somehow, they always seem to get more done.
Listed here are some noticeable behaviors of people who consistently succeed. Plus how you can tweak your mindset to become a high achiever too.
Be fully committed in whatever you are doing now. For example when an Olympic hurdler leaps over barricades with superhuman agility, he is fully focus in the task at hand. And you will notice from his success that commitment eventually leads to greatness.
So whatever you are doing now, don’t let your mind wander away from the present moment. Josh Pais, creator of Committed Impulse, high-performance training for actors, public speakers, and entrepreneurs, recommends saying “I’m back!” out loud whenever you feel yourself drifting away. You might get a few odd looks from bystanders, but it works!
The human mind is not designed for multitasking. Research has shown that when we try to multitask, we lose focus, are more likely to make errors and projects tend to take longer.
To make sure you can focus completely, strive to shut off distractions like Instagram, Facebook, hilarious viral cat video and so forth. These are probably just a few of the tabs you have opened, commanding your attention while you simultaneously try to finish a project at work.
Ban “Friendly Interruptions” at All Costs
While you are working on a project, a co-worker swings by and ask for your two cents on a report outline. You look it over and give him your thoughts. It doesn’t take more than 60 seconds for you to chip in. Unfortunately, that minor interruption can majorly derailed your focus and it will take an average of 23 minutes for you to get back into the zone of whatever you were doing.
Super-achievers know that interruptions are productivity-killers, so they avoid them at all costs. (A main reason why most CEOs have private offices—with doors!)
Hang Out With Fellow Super-Achievers
Have you heard the expression, “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.” Same goes for achievement and productivity.
This means that you should be mindful about who you choose to spend the majority of your time with. Try to surround yourself with super-achievers as often as possible.
Prevent Emotions From Building
When you allow negative emotions like frustration, anger, disappointment, or self-loathing to build up inside of you, you can easily head down a destructive path.
Super-achievers know how to manage their emotions effectively to prevent this negative effect. Most of them rely on meditating, journaling, a weekly check-in with a life coach, or a good old-fashioned punching-bag session at the gym.
Find a strategy that works for you. You will know it is working when you feel a deep sense of release and relief — as if a ton of bricks have been lifted from your shoulders and you are ready to get back to being awesome!