We’ve all read the #1 viral article about 13 things you should give up if you want to be successful. It’s worth repeating because all of these things are doable and you can start today. Get inspired for the start of a brand new week with these 13 things to give up. I have listed them below and you can read the full article here.
To Be Successful, 13 Things You Should Give Up
1. Give up on the Unhealthy Lifestyle
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” ~ Jim Rohn
If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts here. First, you should take care of your health, and there are only three things you need to keep in mind: quality sleep, healthy diet, physical activity.
2. Give up the Short-Term Mindset
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”~ Mae West
Successful people set long-term goals, and they know these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.
3. Give up on Playing Small
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson
If you never try and take great opportunities or allow your dreams to become realities, you will never unleash your true potential. And the world will never benefit from what you could have achieved.
4. Give up Your Excuses
“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.” ~ Randy Pausch
Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses, and past failures. Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting.
And when you do, that becomes the only way you can become successful, because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally.
5. Give Up The Fixed Mindset
“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways” ~ Robert Greene, Mastery
People with a fixed mindset think their intelligence or talents are pre-determined traits that cannot be changed. They also believe that talent alone leads to success — without hard work. But they’re wrong. Successful people know this. They invest an immense amount of time on a daily basis to develop a growth mindset, acquire new knowledge, learn new skills and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives.
6. Give up Believing in the “Magic Bullet”
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” ~ Émile Coué
Overnight success is a myth. Successful people know that making small continuous improvement every day will be compounded over time and give them desired results. That is why you should plan for the future, but focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just 1% every day.
7. Give up Your Perfectionism
“Shipping beats perfection.” ~ Khan Academy’s Development Mantra
Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much you try. Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents you from taking action and putting your creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if you wait for things to be right.
8. Give up Multi-tasking
“Most of the time multitasking is an illusion. You think you are multitasking, but in reality, you are actually wasting time switching from one task to another” ~ Bosco Tjan
Successful people know this. That’s why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout. Being fully present and committed to one task is indispensable.
9. Give up Your Need to Control Everything
“Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us.” ~ Epictetus
Differentiating these two is crucial. Detach from the things you cannot control, focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is your attitude towards something.
10. Give up on Saying YES to Things That Don’t Support Your Goals
“He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly.” ~ James Allen
Successful people know that in order to accomplish their goals, they will have to say NO to certain tasks, activities, and demands from their friends, family, and colleagues. In the short-term, you might sacrifice a bit of instant gratification, but when your goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.
11. Give up the Toxic People
“Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” ~ Albert Einstein
People you spend the most time with add up to who you become. If you spend time with those who refuse to take responsibility for their life, always find excuses and blame others for the situation they are in, your average will go down, and with it your opportunity to succeed.
However, if you spend time with people who are trying to increase their standard of living, and grow personally and professionally, your average will go up, and you will become more successful.
12. Give up Your Need to Be Liked
“You can be the juiciest, ripest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be people who hate peaches.” ~ Dita Von Teese
Think of yourself as a market niche. There will be a lot of people who like that niche, and there will be individuals who don’t. And no matter what you do, you won’t be able to make the entire market like you.
This is completely natural, and there’s no need to justify yourself. The only thing you can do is to remain authentic, improve and provide value every day, and know that the growing number of “haters” means that you are doing remarkable things.
13. Give up Wasting Time
“The trouble is, you think you have time ” ~Jack Kornfield
You only have this one crazy and precious life. That’s why you owe it to yourself to see who you can become, and how far you can go. However, to do that, you need to ditch meaningless time wasters and stop allowing them to be an escape from your most important goals.
photos: Andrea Harborne Photography
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