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8 Things Really Successful People Do

by | May 9, 2013 | Personal Growth

Kevin Daum, Inc. 
Most people claim to want success. But not everyone is willing to do the hard  work and the smart work to get there. Often  opportunities present themselves and because people are distracted, they miss  them or give up on them before things fully develop.
Truly successful people don’t leave much to chance. They are disciplined and  focused.  They constantly seek new methods to achieve more, in bigger and  faster ways. Listed below are eight different practices that will help you  concentrate your efforts on rising above the tide.
1. Make Materialism Irrelevant
Fancy cars and houses are all well and good, but many foolishly focus on the  byproducts of success, rather than concentrating on building sustainable success  in the first place. Establish a bare minimum for your material needs, and then  you can enjoy the benefits of success, debt- and stress-free.
2. Enhance Knowledge
Success comes faster to those who are open, active learners. The higher up  the success ladder you climb, the more complex the systems and opportunities  that are presented to you. Absorb all the information you can and if you sense a  gap you can’t fill, connect with people who have the knowledge you need.
3. Manage Relationship Expectations
People in your life require time. Successful individuals attract folks, and  so they have to carefully regulate the time they can spend with others. It’s  hard to limit the time you share and still make people feel important. Make  choices about the people who matter to you and determine how you each can get  value from your interactions. Then make sure they understand your limitations so  they don’t take it personally when you can’t be present.
4. Practice Emotional Self-Awareness
Not all successful people are calm and nice. In fact, many can be  volatile. But most are very aware of their tempers and idiosyncrasies. They know  how to use their emotions to get what they want from life and work hard to make  sure feelings don’t become a detriment. Know yourself and learn how to let your  emotions work for you in positive ways.
5. Commit to a Physical Ideal 
Everyone has a vision of their own perfect body. They don’t have to be  fashion models or athletes to be happy. But physical health is a consideration  in their life and it’s a big distraction when it gets out of whack. Determine  the body you believe is worth working for and set a game plan to achieve and maintain it.
6. Gain Clarity About Spirituality
There are many highly successful people like Richard  Branson and Warren Buffett who don’t consider religion to be important or  relevant. But they have a clear point of view as to the role spirituality plays  in their life. Find your own way to be at one  with the universe and be clear and deliberate in how you practice.
7. Adhere to a Code of Ethics  
Really successful people live by rules. They may not be the rules of others, but  consistency is important for them to maintain power and stability. Their  individual view of how the world works is the basis for how they believe people  should be treated and they will defend it until their dying day. Determine your  ethical lines and broadcast them loud and clear so people around you know where  you stand.
8. Focus on Time Efficiency
Prioritization is a key component of success. You can’t reach your pinnacle  if you are wasting time on distractions. Integration of activities frees up time  for greater achievement. Spend your time on activities that are fun,  enlightening and productive and soon you’ll have gained hours to reap the  benefits of success.
Ultimately, really successful people live their lives by design  instead of default, so if you want to be one of them, dedicate time and effort  to determining the plan for your preferred future and execute  that plan in a focused and consistent manner.
This story was originally published by Inc.