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Prune Your Habits and Let Your Success Blossom

Dan Grant on Aug 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

prune-your-habits-let-your-success-blossomEveryone wants to be successful. True, the definition of "success" varies widely from individual to individual. But the one common denominator underlying each of our quests for personal prosperity is that to achieve it, we undeniably have to be productive. And according to Lifehack's 10 Habits Successful People Give Up to Increase Their Productivity, success is as much about what you don't do as what you do.  It's about pulling yourself out of those quicksand habits that are sinking you further and further away from your goals. It's about accelerating and blowing past your comfort zone even when all the anxiety-riddled construction workers in your head are holding up a "SLOW" sign. It's about doing something you've never done to get something you've never had.

Now, successful people admit that they don't have the answers to every question. And that's why they happily enroll as students for life. They also have the ability to focus past minor paint-dried imperfections on their canvases so that they don't have the urge to throw out the big picture. Likewise, they possess the knowledge that "multitasking" is just another word for "doing a lousy job at several tasks." People who nab all of the rewards in life forge their own path because they know no one is going to shovel one for them. They don't let angst from the past continue to damage them in the present -- they learn from it -- and then use it as a weapon in their arsenal.  And they realize that people are the average of who they surround themselves with, so they make sure to choose wisely.

Habits are hard to break. But if you drop the ones getting in between you and your productivity, you'll find that the new habit you're most proud of is your uncanny knack for success.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Dan Grant

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Daniel Grant is the President of Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers.

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