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Become a More Effective and Productive Person Continued – Tips 2 through 10

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It’s Adriel of AlivePreneur with Tips 2 through 10 Mindset Series

Mindset #2: I have achieved stuff in the past so that I can coast now

Please remember that your ability to do stuff erodes with time. I’m
not just talking about physical action here. I’m talking about mental
action as well.

Scientific studies show that people’s mental abilities decline with
age. In fact, your IQ goes down as you get older.

To think that just because you have achieved certain things in the
past that you can continue to achieve them long into the future is
wishful thinking. It takes more effort to maintain the same results.
And also, you would be required to learn new things so you can produce
the same or better results in the future.

Don’t entertain the idea that just because you were able to get stuff
done in the past that you will continue to perform at a similar level.
It doesn’t work that way. You cannot give yourself the luxury of
“coasting” through life.

Mindset #3: I can achieve the same results without having to change

Just because you were able to do things in the past, it doesn’t mean
that you only need to continue doing the same things. Conditions do
change.

For those achievements to take place, you have to level up your
skills, you have to be adaptable, and you have to find yourself at the
right time and the right place doing the right things. This means
keeping up with the changing situation on the ground.

Otherwise, it becomes so easy to think that since you are unable to
produce the same results; then there is something wrong with the
activity itself, or the industry you’re in, or your career, or other
people. It turns out that the only problem is your refusal to change
and keep up with the times.

Mindset #4: Success only comes through intuition

A lot of people are under the impression that for them to be
successful, they just need to find themselves at the right place, at
the right time, doing the right things, with the right people around
them.

This is wrong.

Success is a habit. Even if you are dealt a lousy hand and you are
dealing with an almost impossible situation complete with toxic
people, you can still pull out a victory.

How come? You’re not relying on your intuition. You’re not relying on
your gut feeling. You’re definitely not relying on getting lucky.
Instead, you’re focusing on the personal success systems that you have
built for yourself.

You become more adaptable. You can spot opportunities as they
present themselves. In other words, you learn how to do the right
things at the right time to produce a predictable set of results.

This is how you can tell truly successful people who may be down on
their luck and people who just got lucky. I’m telling you, if you just
rewind history, people who got lucky probably will not achieve the
same results.

Mindset #5: Achievement comes through raw insight

A lot of people are under the impression that you really don’t have to
put in the time or pay your dues to become really good at what you’re
doing. A lot of people are under the impression that they just need to
be at the right place at the right time and all of a sudden this
enlightenment about their work, their career and their industry will
all fall into place.

This raw insight is like trying to win the lottery. Seriously. You
might as well just run out and get yourself a lottery ticket because
you are hoping for the same type of result.

You can have all the raw insights you want, but if you don’t know what
to do with them and you don’t have a system for producing the same
type of success day after day, week after week, month after month,
then you’re just setting yourself up for a disappointment.

Mindset #6: No matter how hard I try, success is ultimately random

This thinking actually concludes with another sentence: so why try so
hard? If random luck is just going to put you in the same place as you
would if you had worked hard, why even try?

I hate to say this, but people who think this way are simply just
giving themselves reasons for being lazy. I know that’s unpopular and
not politically correct, but it’s true.

Because you have to understand that people who become successful are
not successful 100% of the time. Instead, they’re successful enough.
Regardless of the conditions and regardless of whatever is going on on
the ground, they are able to succeed enough times.

Successful people are able to succeed at a fairly predictable rate.
People who play everything by ear cannot say that. Things happen to
them randomly. Sometimes they get lucky, most of the time they don’t.

Truly successful people don’t settle for that. Instead, they have a
system where, chances are, they will achieve success more likely than
not.

Don’t let your belief in the randomness of success rob you of the
motivation you need to learn how to build a personal success system.

Mindset #7: Personal effectiveness is hardwired

People who believe this think that some people are just born effective
while the rest struggle.

Personal effectiveness is something that you learn. It is not
something that you’re either born with or you’re not born with.

Don’t give yourself the excuse that you may not be predisposed to
being effective or being all that organized. All this tells you is
that you just need to put in a little bit more work and time and
eventually you will get there.

Mindset #8: Effectiveness is not as important as efficiency

You can be an efficient failure. Seriously. You can take whatever
little resources you have and constantly fail. That’s efficiency.

Please understand that effectiveness involves managing the quality of
the results you do. It also directly impacts whether you are able to
produce results at all.

Efficiency is important, but you have to focus on being effective
first. Because if all you focus on is efficiency, it’s very easy to
just do the very least to produce barely passable results.

Mindset #9: I don’t have to build learning systems

Sustainable effectiveness can only come about if you have a system for
learning what you need to learn to produce the results you want to
produce.

Unfortunately, if you can’t be bothered to put in the time, effort and
energy to build such a system, you’re going to have to settle for
surface learning. You’re basically going to be focusing on the tip of
the iceberg and nothing more.

This is a serious problem because if you really want to become an
authority or expert in any kind of field, you have to scratch beneath
the surface. You have to put in the time, effort and focus. This
requires sacrifice. This requires paying your dues over an extended
period of time.

Mindset #10: I can’t rely on others to boost my personal effectiveness

Whatever struggles you may currently have with your personal
effectiveness is actually acquired through ‘mental inheritance.’
Seriously. You picked it up at some earlier point. I am, of course,
referring to your parents or family members.

Regardless of whatever habits you may have, you can bet that you have
learned it from somewhere. It’s not something that you were born with.

Do yourself a big favor, learn from the right people to boost your
personal effectiveness. Just as you can learn from others how to be
lazy, unproductive or unimaginative, you can be inspired by other
people to really stretch your limits so you can become the most
effective person you can be.

Make sure you don’t subscribe to any of these mindsets because if you
do, your chances of success are greatly diminished. What I’m going to
teach you in this book requires that you free yourself from these
ideas.

This is no time to be in denial. Don’t feel embarrassed if you believe
in these. Just own up to them and get rid of them. At the very least,
neutralize their effect so the information that I’m going to share
with you sinks in and changes your life.

It’s your time,

Adriel

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