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12 Habits That Set Ultra Successful People Apart

TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that ultra successful people have a lot in common. In particular, 90% of them are skilled at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm, and productive. What are the keys?

 

1. They’re Composed

They know that no matter how good or bad things get, everything changes with time. All they can do is adapt and adjust to stay happy and in control.

2. They’re Knowledgeable

They’re always looking for opportunities to improve and new things to learn about themselves and the world around them.

3. They’re Deliberate

Ultra successful people reach decisions by thinking things out, seeking advice from others, and sleeping on it. They know that (as studies show) impulsively relying too much on gut-instinct is ineffective and misleading. Being able to slow down and logically think things through makes all the difference.

4. They Speak with Certainty

Successful people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.

5. They Use Positive Body Language

Positive body language makes all the difference in a conversation because how you say something can be more important than what you say.

6. They Leave a Strong First Impression

Research shows that most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction.

7. They Seek Out Small Victories

Successful people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield only small victories.  When you achieve a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

8. They’re Fearless

Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination.Danger is real. Fear is a choice.

9. They’re Graceful

Graceful people are the perfect combination of strong and gentle. They don’t resort to intimidation, anger, or manipulation to get a point across because their gentle, self-assured nature gets the job done.

10. They’re Honest

Super successful people trust that honesty and integrity, though painful at times, always work out for the best in the long run.

11. They’re Grateful

Instead of basking in the glory of achievement, super successful people recognize others for the wonderful things they’ve done for them.

12. They’re Appreciative

Truly exceptional people are able to achieve so much because they know the importance of slowing down and appreciating everything they already have.

Read more here.

Tu felicidad no depende de lo que te pase, sino de en qué te enfocas

Muy interesante artículo de Alba Ramos Sanz.

Algunas ideas clave:

  • Todos tenemos pesares y preocupaciones que tienden a amargarnos la vida. Pero todas estas cosas malas nos hacen infelices únicamente cuando pensamos en ellas. Precisamente ahí está la clave: en la atención.
  • En líneas generales, la gente que se siente muy feliz no experimenta acontecimientos diferentes a los de las personas infelices, así que todo depende de cómo nos enfrentemos, asumamos o disfrutemos de las cosas que nos rodean exprimiendo las buenas.
  • Cambiar tu comportamiento y encontrar la felicidad dependerá de que seas capaz de retirar la atención de lo negativo y te centres en lo positivo.
  • Varios estudios han demostrado que ralentizar el tiempo para apreciar las cosas buenas aumenta la felicidad y reduce la depresión.
  • Hábitos simples como detenernos a oler unas rosas mejoran nuestro ánimo: “Las personas que se toman tiempo para apreciar la belleza que les rodea realmente son más felices”
  • Centrándonos en hacer una sola cosa y prestándola la atención que requiere, podremos disfrutarla de verdad, sentirnos menos ocupados y ser más felices.
  • De media, dejamos de prestar atención a lo que estamos haciendo durante unos 8 minutos cada hora. “Algunos de nosotros pasamos entre un 30% y un 40% de nuestro tiempo soñando despiertos” explica Barker.
  • Alrededor del 46,9% de las personas dedican sus horas de vigilia a pensar en cosas diferentes a las que están haciendo, “y las mentes errantes hacen que la gente normalmente sea infeliz”

Puedes leer más aquí.

The world’s happiest jobs

The newspaper “The guardian” looked at nine different surveys conducted to find the occupations that make us happiest, and then did their own survey of these surveys, looking for the professions that appeared most often in the top 10 of each study.

Interestingly, they didn’t discover a link between a high salary and happiness.

The occupations that ranked highest are:

– Engineer

– Teacher

– Nurse

– Medical practitioner

– Gardener

– Construction worker

– Personal assistant

So what, in fact, does make a job a happy one?

Sure, each person is different, but you can find a few common patterns. They’ve interviewed people from this occupations, you can read the details here. In conclusion we can outline a few major factors of happiness in a job:

What makes you happy at work Examples
Achievement Realizing that you build, get, or improve something, or that you change the world
Helping others Feeling you give something, that you make a difference for someone’s life or happiness, or that you make other people grow or learn
Relating to others Being with people, belonging to a team, cooperating, sharing, being connected
Discovery Learning or creating new things, jobs that are always different, finding new solutions, adventure, feeling free to do things your way

Can we foster these factors also in other jobs? A few companies and leaders are doing it more or less instinctively. Let’s make it on purpose.