The difference between you and the highly motivated and successful person sitting next to you could be down to one of these 7 things. What can you change?


Be a planning machine

Highly motivated people rarely fly by the seat of their pants. That is, they’re organised, because they plan lots, in order to be prepared for the moment something comes along they can’t control. Then they’re ready to deal with a clear mind, not a stressed-out, chaotic one. Plan out what you need to do each day via action steps, then follow them. This way, you’ll be ready for the inevitable curve balls life throws at you.


Never stop learning

They take curiosities to an obsessive level – not in an unhealthy way, but in a ‘something piqued my interest and I’m going to research the bugger out of it’ way. So read lots and lose yourself down that rabbit hole. This is how you learn stuff. Do it regularly.


Don’t waste time

If you’re the type that goes to check your Facebook and then wonders how 1.5 hours just disappeared, you need to set limits. Work out what your time suckers are, set limits and manage them. Don’t let them push you around! You’ll suddenly add hours to what you thought was an already ‘busy’ day.


Don’t live with regret

There’s no such thing as a perfect life and we all make mistakes. Learn from them. Mistakes live in the past though, so you really ought to leave them there. 


There’s no shame in asking for help

Just as there’s no perfect life, neither is there a perfect person that knows everything. Some stuff just can’t be done or figured out on your own, so don’t let pride stop you from asking for help. And make sure to pay it forward so you can also help someone when asked. 


Wake up early

They say the morning is the most productive time of the day. It’s the time of day least likely to suffer from major distractions. So while the rest of the world is sleeping and getting nothing done, get up, get going and get things done, early.


Be grateful

Fact is, we’re all pretty lucky to be here. Take stock regularly and be grateful for all things in your life, even the tough stuff, designed to challenge you and make your stronger. 

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