13 THINGS YOU SHOULD GIVE UP IF YOU WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL

[Editor’s Note:  Following is an excerpt from Zdravko Cvijetic’s recent article.]

 

 Somebody once told me the definition of hell: “On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.”  — Anonymous

Sometimes, to become successful and get closer to the person we can become, we don’t need to add more things — we need to give up on some of them.

 

  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 have to take care of your health. 

  1. Give up the short-term mindset

Successful people set long-term goals, and they know that these aims are merely the result of short-term habits that they need to do every day.

 

  1. 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.

  1. Give up your excuses

Realizing that you are responsible for what happens next in your life is both frightening and exciting.  Own your life; no one else will.

  1. Give up the fixed mindset

“The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways.” ―Robert Greene, Mastery

 

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.

 

  1. Give up believing in the “magic bullet”

Successful people know that making small continual 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.

  1. Give up your perfectionism

Nothing will ever be perfect, no matter how much we try.  Fear of failure (or even fear of success) often prevents us from taking an action and putting our creation out there in the world. But a lot of opportunities will be lost if we wait for the things to be right.

 

  1. Give up multi-tasking

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.

 

  1. Give up your need to control everything

Detach from the things you cannot control, and focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes, the only thing you will be able to control is your attitude towards something.

 

  1. Give up on saying YES to things that don’t support your goals

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.

  1. Give up the toxic people

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ―Jim Rohn

 

People we spend the most time with, add up to who we become. If you spend time with people who are more accomplished than you, no matter how challenging that might be, you will become more successful.

  1. Give up your need to be liked

“The only way to avoid pissing people off is to do nothing important.”  — Oliver Emberton

 

The only thing you can do is remain authentic, improve and provide value every day, and know that the growing number of “haters” means that you are doing important things.

  1. Give up your dependency on social media and television

“The trouble is, you think you have time.”  — Jack Kornfield

 

Impulsive web browsing and television watching are diseases of today’s society. Unless your goals depend on either, you should minimize (or even eliminate) your dependency on them, and direct that time towards things that can enrich your life.

 

Zdravko Cvijetic is an educator, and an entrepreneur, with a B.A. in Adult Education & Lifelong Learning. He is the founder of Zero To Skill, a platform which provides useful content on how to become a top-performer in life by mastering your habits and productivity and use it to build a personal brand. If you enjoyed his article, don’t forget to get his free e-book: “The Ultimate Productivity Cheat Sheet.”

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