How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

Complaining; expressing dissatisfaction and finding faults. Wasting time complaining about everything you can think of and not doing anything to improve your life is one of the major problems with the majority of people who are stuck in a life of mediocrity. May these quotes inspire you to not complain but rather take daily action to improve your life.

1. “When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation, change the situation, or accept it. All else is madness.” Eckhart Tolle

2. “Stay away from ‘still’ people. Still broke, still complaining, still hating, and still nowhere.” Anonymous

3. “Complaining never makes anything better.” Anonymous

4. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Maya Angelou

5. “Go 24 hours without complaining. (Not even once). Then watch how your life starts changing.” Anonymous

6. “Someone else is happy with less than what you have.” Anonymous

7. “If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

8. “Happiness comes a lot easier when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.” Anonymous

9. “Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.” Anonymous

10. “Be thankful and stop complaining.” Anonymous

11. “The only thing complaining does is convince other people that you are not in control.” Anonymous

12. “Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.” Og Mandino

13. “Stop complaining about how your life isn’t what you want and start making your life the way you want it to be.” Anonymous

14. “I think some people enjoy complaining almost as much as they enjoy doing nothing about it.” Anonymous

15. “Happy are they who take life day by day, complain very little and are thankful for the little things in life.” Anonymous

16. “Complaining does not work as a strategy.” Anonymous

17. “The worst person to be around is someone who complains about everything and appreciates nothing.” Anonymous

18. “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most do.” Dale Carnegie

19. “Never complain and never explain.” Benjamin Disraeli

20. “The world becomes a better place when people get busy doing what they love instead of complaining about what they hate.” Anonymous

21. “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sail.” William A. Ward

22. “Complaining is a complete waste of one’s energy. Those who complain the most accomplish the least.” Anonymous

23. “Complaining is finding faults. Wisdom is finding solutions.” Ajahn Brahm

24. “Life becomes more challenging if all you do is complain.” Anonymous

25. “Train hard instead of complaining and making excuses.” Anonymous

26. “Complaining doesn’t help you make progress.” ATGW

27. “Stressing and complaining will change nothing. Take action, make a change, and never look back.” Anonymous

28. “Don’t complain. Just work harder.” Randy Pausch

29. “Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.” Helen Keller

30. “As you breathe right now, another takes his last. So stop complaining and learn to live with what you have.” Anonymous

31. “If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes.” Anonymous

32. “Enough complaining! Take action to reduce the things in life that cause you irritation and grief.” Anonymous

33. “I have the choice to be angry at God for what I don’t have, or be thankful for what I do have.” Nick Vujicic

34. “If you aren’t willing to work for it. Don’t complain about not having it.” Fearless Motivation

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

Looking at your own faults is crucial to making improvements but if you spend your time focusing on other peoples faults you will never make true progress within yourself. May these quotes inspire you to focus on yourself so that you may be the best that you can possibly be.

1. “Pride is the mask of one’s own faults.” Proverb

2. “Glad-tidings to he who knows his own faults more than other people know it.” Ibn Hazm

3. “Don’t be so quick to point out the flaws in other people’s lives when you are not willing to look at the flaws in your own.” Anonymous

4. “People are quick to judge others faults but never quick to point out their own.” Anonymous

5. “The worst of our faults is our interest in other people’s faults.” Imam Ali

6. “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults or resolution enough to mend them.” Benjamin Franklin

7. “It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and to forget his own. You can ‘t clear your own fields while you’re counting the rocks on your neighbor’s farm.” Cicero

8. “Those who spend their time looking for the faults in others usually make no time to correct their own.” Art Jonak

9. “Do not let your tongue mention someone’s faults, you are also full of faults; and people have tongues too.” Arabic Proverb

10. “When looking faults; We must use a mirror, not a telescope.” Anonymous

11. “O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.” Rumi

12. “Keep up a humble sense of your own faults, and that will make you compassionate to others.” Richard Baxter

13. “A self-absorbed person only can see the faults of others but they are often color blind to their own.” Anonymous

14. “Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.” Les Brown

15. “You will always find some people who are very active in finding faults in others, while they remain or choose to remain ignorant to their own faults.” Anonymous

16. “By others faults the wise correct their own.” Proverb

17. “Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.” Paramahansa Yogananda

18. “In vain I have looked for a single man capable of seeing his own faults and bringing the charge home against himself.” Confucius

19. “The first step to change is to become aware of your own faults.” Anonymous

20. “We do not look at our own faults; the eyes do not see themselves, they see the eyes of everybody else. We human beings are very slow to recognize our own weakness, our own faults, so long as we can lay the blame upon somebody else.” Swami Vivekananda

21. “To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.” Alexander Pope

22. “Be an example of change, correct your own faults and be the best that you can be.” ATGW

23. “A righteous man will own up to his faults. That’s the difference between a man and a boy.” Anonymous

24. “Many of the faults you see in others are your own nature reflected in them.” Rumi

25. “Blessed is he who own faults keep him from seeing the faults of others.” Ali Ibn Abi Talib (RA)

26. “Warriors create themselves through trial and error, pain and suffering, and their ability to conquer their own faults.” Anonymous

27. “Dwell not on the faults and shortcomings of others; instead seek clarity about your own.” Buddha

28. “It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.” Democritus

29. “There is no one in the world to bother the one who wants to see only his own faults, and no one else’s.” Dada Bhagwan

30. “If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults.” Sri Sarada Devi

31. “Deal with the faults of others as gently as your own.” Chinese Proverb

32. “It’s easy to see the faults of others but difficult to see one’s own faults.” Buddha

33. “To be unaware of your own faults is the greatest misfortune.” Anonymous

34. “Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at others; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.” Swami Vivekananda

A simple, practical system for turning weaknesses into strengths.

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Being reminded of our weaknesses is unpleasant. Therefore, we often learn to avoid tasks that require skills that we think of as weaknesses. This avoidance can cause problems and hold you back.

For example, if you don’t see yourself as good at networking, you’ll likely avoid it. The more you avoid it, the harder it becomes. When you’ve avoided something for a long time, your skills won’t be as good as someone who has regularly practiced. Therefore, weaknesses can seem more pronounced over time. You can end up feeling embarrassed by them.

What’s the Solution?

A fun option to overcome a weakness is to find a new way to approach it that utilizes one of your core strengths. As per the earlier example, let’s say your weakness is networking. However, two of your strengths are being methodical and conscientious. You could look for a way to approach networking that uses your conscientiousness. Your solution could be something like methodically following up with a thank you email, note, or text message when a coworker has helped you or a contractor has done a good job. You’re then, essentially, redefining the activity not as a “networking” activity but as a “conscientiousness” activity.

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

To implement the above process in your own life, you’re going to need to build your awareness of your strengths. Try starting with a list of five to six strengths and one to three weaknesses. Write them down in two columns, and then draws some arrows, from the strengths to the weaknesses, where you think you could potentially apply a strength to a weakness. You don’t need to be 100 percent sure how you’re going to do it just yet. Go with your gut of what you think might be applicable.

For the weaknesses, you should focus on things that are actually getting in your way and that you have some motivation to change. For example, they could be related to negotiating, finances, relationships, or health behaviors.

The types of strengths that can be good candidates are things like:

  • being good at researching information
  • resourcefulness
  • persistence
  • conscientiousness
  • being methodical
  • planning for and overcoming obstacles
  • finding workarounds for problems
  • decency/following the “do unto others” principle
  • ability to follow instructions
  • ability to synthesize information
  • warmth
  • thoughtfulness
  • being calm and emotionally even-keeled
  • patience

There are many options for how you can redefine an area of weakness. You could redefine networking activities in terms of living the “do unto others” principle—you might think about how you’d like to receive a thank you when you’ve helped someone, and therefore you’re going to treat others the same way.

When you redefine tasks you’d normally avoid in this way, your urge to avoid them will lessen. This will then have a snowball effect because when you start practicing a task, you’ll build both skills and confidence. This will allow you to expand your comfort zone, a little bit at a time.

Implementation Tips

  • Don’t worry if it’s hard to think of your strengths at first. Write down as many as you can think of and then add to your list over the next couple of weeks. Just notice the tasks that you do competently and ask yourself what strengths you’re utilizing to do that.
  • You can also ask others what they see as your strengths. If you explain what you’re doing (you could forward the link to this article), it will make it easier to ask people without it seeming like you’re just fishing for compliments. This exercise can also be done with a coach.

There are lots more practical exercises like this one in my book and in my other PT articles.

Your ability to stay focused is more than just a worthwhile thing to cultivate–it’s a critical factor in your success or failure. Getting things done is imperative, and focus is the key to getting things done.

Here are 10 tips to help you stay focused at work by managing distraction, drawing healthy boundaries, and eliminating opportunities for procrastination:

1. Check up on yourself.

Distractions can be internal as well as external, so start by looking within. If you’re all over the place, ask yourself what’s really going on. What’s the source of your flightiness or anxiety? What do you need to be working on in your life?

2. Pinpoint the cause.

Once you have your internal priorities sorted out, look at more external causes. Is it your office setup? An intrusive co-worker? A lack of skill, ideas, or time for something you need to be doing? Burnout? When you can identify the cause, you can fix the effect.

3. Be prepared.

All successful leaders are great planners; they make lists for every major and minor objective. When a task comes your way, spend some time thinking about how you will accomplish it. Write down every step necessary from start to finish, with a timeline (even if it’s a rough one). There is a saying that every 10 minutes you spend on planning saves an hour in execution.

4. Go offline.

Some of the biggest sources of distraction come from email, social media, and cell phones. If you want real focus, take yourself offline until you’ve accomplished what you need to do.

5. Give yourself a break.

One of the keys to doing great work is to know when to take a break. When you start to feel distracted, take a break, and then reassess and refocus yourself. It doesn’t just act as a reward–a short break can help your mind become clearer.

6. Tune it out.

One of the best ways to tune everything out is to tune in to music. When everything around you is distracting, put on your headphones–find something that can serve as background music rather than music that holds your full attention. Music can help you concentrate, and the headphones signal others that you’re not available to chat.

7. Break it down.

Especially when distractions are high, make tasks smaller and break down your large projects into smaller tasks to help you concentrate and give you a sense of accomplishment and progress.

8. Clean it up.

What’s the state of your office or workspace? If it’s dirty, disorganized, or cluttered, invest some time in clearing it out so you can focus.

9. Set a deadline.

If you’re working on a complex task, it takes an average of 90 minutes to accomplish anything worthwhile–and about 30 minutes just to get your mind on the task. Once you are in the flow, set a concentrated period of time–and when the time runs out, stop. It’s easier to stay focused when you have an end in sight.

10. Become an early bird.

This is a simple thing, but the rewards are great if you can pull it off: Start your workday an hour before everyone else. Use that hour to organize your day and to get started before there are any distractions. Similarly, skip the long office lunches most days and instead give yourself a short break to take a walk or clear your head, with something light and nutritious to keep your blood sugar steady. You’re literally giving yourself time and energy.

The distractions that surround us aren’t going anywhere, so learning to overcome them is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Give some of these ideas a try, and let me know if you’re feeling more effective and less distracted.

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

I’ve trained with some of the best coaches on the planet during my 20-year sports career, and again when I competed in the 2008 Olympics.

But when I wanted to start my own company, to share my knowledge about motivational psychology and training with others, it wasn’t as easy as I’d thought it would be.

Launching a new business is not easy. You have to give up the comforts of a stable paycheck to delve into the unknown, an unpredictable abyss. A lot of things keep us from making the leap—things like fear and insecurity. And one thing above all the rest: motivation.

When I looked back on my days as an athlete, I understood what was different. I remembered what (or who) made me push myself even when I didn’t want to. The difference was, as an athlete, I had structured days and a coach to report to. Structure keeps us focused and a coach keeps pushing and challenging us.

Thankfully I passed this stage and I founded Onbotraining, an online coaching service that helps people achieve their goals. I decided to collect the lessons I’ve learned along the way and to share them with others, like you, striving to better themselves.

So here are my 10 best tips for achieving anything you want in life.

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone).

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

You lack motivation not because you are lazy or don’t have a goal. Even the biggest stars, richest businesspeople or the most accomplished athletes get lost sometimes. What makes them motivated is the curiosity about how much better or faster they can get. So above all, be curious, and this will lead you to your goals and success.

A simple, practical system for turning weaknesses into strengths.

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Being reminded of our weaknesses is unpleasant. Therefore, we often learn to avoid tasks that require skills that we think of as weaknesses. This avoidance can cause problems and hold you back.

For example, if you don’t see yourself as good at networking, you’ll likely avoid it. The more you avoid it, the harder it becomes. When you’ve avoided something for a long time, your skills won’t be as good as someone who has regularly practiced. Therefore, weaknesses can seem more pronounced over time. You can end up feeling embarrassed by them.

What’s the Solution?

A fun option to overcome a weakness is to find a new way to approach it that utilizes one of your core strengths. As per the earlier example, let’s say your weakness is networking. However, two of your strengths are being methodical and conscientious. You could look for a way to approach networking that uses your conscientiousness. Your solution could be something like methodically following up with a thank you email, note, or text message when a coworker has helped you or a contractor has done a good job. You’re then, essentially, redefining the activity not as a “networking” activity but as a “conscientiousness” activity.

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

To implement the above process in your own life, you’re going to need to build your awareness of your strengths. Try starting with a list of five to six strengths and one to three weaknesses. Write them down in two columns, and then draws some arrows, from the strengths to the weaknesses, where you think you could potentially apply a strength to a weakness. You don’t need to be 100 percent sure how you’re going to do it just yet. Go with your gut of what you think might be applicable.

For the weaknesses, you should focus on things that are actually getting in your way and that you have some motivation to change. For example, they could be related to negotiating, finances, relationships, or health behaviors.

The types of strengths that can be good candidates are things like:

  • being good at researching information
  • resourcefulness
  • persistence
  • conscientiousness
  • being methodical
  • planning for and overcoming obstacles
  • finding workarounds for problems
  • decency/following the “do unto others” principle
  • ability to follow instructions
  • ability to synthesize information
  • warmth
  • thoughtfulness
  • being calm and emotionally even-keeled
  • patience

There are many options for how you can redefine an area of weakness. You could redefine networking activities in terms of living the “do unto others” principle—you might think about how you’d like to receive a thank you when you’ve helped someone, and therefore you’re going to treat others the same way.

When you redefine tasks you’d normally avoid in this way, your urge to avoid them will lessen. This will then have a snowball effect because when you start practicing a task, you’ll build both skills and confidence. This will allow you to expand your comfort zone, a little bit at a time.

Implementation Tips

  • Don’t worry if it’s hard to think of your strengths at first. Write down as many as you can think of and then add to your list over the next couple of weeks. Just notice the tasks that you do competently and ask yourself what strengths you’re utilizing to do that.
  • You can also ask others what they see as your strengths. If you explain what you’re doing (you could forward the link to this article), it will make it easier to ask people without it seeming like you’re just fishing for compliments. This exercise can also be done with a coach.

There are lots more practical exercises like this one in my book and in my other PT articles.

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey

Passion, as what the dictionary says, is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for doing something. It is the very thing that makes you feel happy, the one that will motivate you to become the very best you can be. If you know your passion and have the opportunity to do it in your life or in work, climbing the ladder of success will be a lot easier. Everyday will be like a child’s play day, without getting tired at all.

However, even if passion is realized, not every person becomes successful. This is due to the many unnecessary thoughts and things that come on their way as they try to achieve their goals. Being able to overcome those things will help one come up with their expected output – success. So, how are we able to utilize our passion well to lead us on the right path to success? Here are four easy tips.

Find your passion and when you see it, harness it

Wanda Skyes once said, “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” Passion isn’t really hard to realize. If you know a thing that will drive you, motivate you and inspire you to achieve your goals, then that’s it. If you’re incorporating your passion in work and in your whole life, you will be more creative in coming up with ideas and discovering solutions. More importantly, you will be satisfied and be completely happy. Being truly passionate about something will more likely bring you to success.

Learn what you can control and accept those that you can’t.

Take it easy, don’t make things complicated. It’s a fact that being successful is not 100% flaw-free. As you go on, you’ll meet lots of problems and negativity that will make you be distracted. Don’t focus on them; focus on your goal instead. How to do it? Here is some advice.

  • Manage your fears by not believing on your negative thoughts. Don’t focus on feelings of fear or anxiety which stop you from taking action. Take some risks. Try and try until you get your desired output.
  • Clarify your goals. Imagine what success would look like. Contemplate on what is really at stake and do not make fear and anxiety control you and your thoughts.
  • Commit to behaviors that will help you achieve your goals. Stay away from doing something that won’t help.
  • Accept that you may always feel some anxiety. You will never, ever feel only good. Stop trying to feel good all the time. Disappointments and failures are common in the way to success.

Set your vision and make it a reality

What is your vision? What do you want to achieve? What are your ‘big picture’ hopes and dreams? What are you doing to achieve these dreams? The clearer you become about these goals and dreams and the more often you think about them, the more likely you are to achieve them.

Be creative in visualizing and imagining your dreams

Recent research on the science of neuroplasticity shows that people can create new pathways in the brain by focusing on and expanding actions or thoughts. This suggests that visualization is one of the most effective ways of reprogramming the subconscious mind. When you focus your mind on imagining what you wish to experience in your life, it will be more definite that you’ll achieve what you want and be successful.

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – a quote from a man whose talents are exceptional, Albert Einstein. With this, let us all be reminded to bring the power in our passion. In this way, success will not be as far as we thought and as hard as we’ve always imagined. Let us all live our dreams!

How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

How to be Successful Despite Yourself

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How to be successful easier stop focusing on improving your faults

How dramatically we can change our results is largely a function of imagination.

In 1960, it was a technological impossibility for man to travel into outer space. However, within 10 years, the first man stepped out onto the surface of the moon. The miraculous process of converting that dream into reality began when one voice challenged the scientific community to do whatever was necessary to see to it that America “places a man on the moon by the end of this decade.” That challenge awakened the spirit of a nation by planting the seed of possible future achievement into the fertile soil of imagination.

With that one bold challenge, the impossible became a reality.

The same principle applies to every other area of our life.

Can a poor person become wealthy? Of course! The unique combination of desire, planning, effort and perseverance will always work its magic. The question is not whether the formula for success will work, but rather whether the person will work the formula. That is the unknown variable. That is the challenge that confronts us all.

We can all go from wherever we are to wherever we want to be. No dream is impossible provided we first have the courage to believe in it.

Here is how you can do that—13 ways to improve your life:

1. Face your fears.

That’s how you conquer them. Don’t dismiss them; face them. Say, Here’s what I’m afraid of. I wonder what I could do to change that. Face your fears today.

2. Exercise your willpower to change direction.

You don’t have to keep doing what you’ve been doing the last six years if it’s not yielding the benefits you want. Pick a new destination and go that way. Use your willpower to start the process. You don’t have to repeat last year. Clean up the errors. Invest it now in the next year. Watch it make the difference.

3. Admit your mistakes.

Sometimes you have to admit them to others. Here’s one of the best phrases in the English language: “I’m sorry.” Those words could start a whole new relationship. They could start two people going in a whole new direction. Admit your mistakes to yourself. You don’t have to babble about them to everyone in the neighborhood. But it doesn’t hurt you to sit down and have a conversation with yourself and say, There’s no use kidding myself. Here’s where I really am. I’ve got pennies in my pocket and I’ve got nothing in the bank. That’s what I said after a Girl Scout left my door. I had a conversation with myself and I said, I don’t want this to happen anymore.

4. Refine your goals.

Start the process. Set some higher goals. Reach for some higher purpose. Go for something beyond what you thought you could do.

5. Believe in yourself.

You’ve got to believe in the possibilities. You’ve got to believe that tomorrow can be better than today. Believe in yourself. There isn’t a skill you can’t learn; there isn’t a discipline you can’t try; there isn’t a class you can’t take; there isn’t a book you couldn’t read.

6. Ask for wisdom.

Ask for wisdom that creates answers. Ask for wisdom to deal with the challenges for today and tomorrow. Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better.

7. Conserve your time.

Sometimes we get faked out. Motivational speaker Bill Bailey says the average person says, “I’ve got 20 more years.” But Bill says you’ve got 20 more times. If you go fishing once a year, you’ve only got 20 more times to go fishing, not 20 years. That fakes you out.

8. Invest your profits.

Here’s one of the philosophies that my mentor, Earl Shoaff, gave me: Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living, profits make you a fortune. Could we start earning profits while we make a living? The answer is yes.

9. Live with intensity

You might as well turn it up a notch or two. Invest more of you in whatever you do. Be a little stronger; be a little wiser. Step up your vitality contribution. Put everything you’ve got into everything you do and then ask for more vitality, more strength and more vigor, more heart and more soul.

10. Find your place.

If you just work at a job, find the best place you can serve well, and sure enough they’ll ask you to occupy a better place. Keep doing a job well; do the very best you can. That’s your best way out.

11. Demand integrity from yourself.

Integrity is like loyalty. You can’t demand it of someone else; you can only demand it of yourself. Be the best example of loyalty and you’ll get loyal followers. Be the best example of integrity and you’ll have people around you who have integrity. Lead the way.

12. Welcome the disciplines.

I can’t give you much better advice than that because disciplines create reality. Disciplines build cities. A well-disciplined activity creates abundance, uniqueness and productivity.

13. Fight for what’s right.

It’s extraordinary to be able to say: “I fought for my kids; I fought for what was right; I fought for good health; I fought to protect my company; I fought for a good career that would bless my family. I fought a good fight.” It’s good to fight the encroachment. Opposites are in conflict and you’re in the middle. If you want something valuable, you’ve got to fight for it.

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With so many distractions in our daily lives, focusing is perhaps more difficult now than ever. Over time, though, you can practice focus much like you would exercise and develop the fitness of that mental muscle.

“There is some evidence that just like exercising you can build your focus and concentration but it takes practice,” said David Prescott, associate professor and the director of health care studies at Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities. “I think it’s reasonable for people to if they really want to try to improve this and they’re really struggling. Start off taking a break every 15 minutes then move it to 20 to 25 [minutes].”

When you are practicing focus, Lauren Dattilo, licensed psychologist at Psychology Specialists of Maine, said to be realistic about how long you can actually focus on a single task.

“It’s much more reasonable to set your time up in 20 and 30 minute increments and then a short break instead of hours at a time,” Dattilo said. “[If you] set a block of time in day study for six hours straight, what probably happens is [that you] study for a little while, then [get] distracted at some point, end up picking up your phone and it’s 40 minutes later and you’re scrolling on Instagram.”

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For example, Dattilo recommended setting up a 30 minute block of studying, taking a walk around the building with a friend and studying for 30 more minutes.

“Even if the total amount of time studying is less, it’s actually probably more effective,” Dattilo said.

Practicing your focus isn’t the only way to improve your abilities, though. Healthy habits like getting a good night’s sleep and regularly exercising will help improve your concentration. Regularly practicing mindfulness is also helpful.

“Mindfulness practice is definitely helpful, whether it is a mini-meditation session or just getting outside and focusing on nature rather than one’s to-do list,” said John Agee, licensed psychologist at the Gardiner Center for Stress Management. “The key is working on being in the moment and coming back over and over to what our body is actually doing rather than letting our mind distract us from reality.”

If you are working from home, focusing can be much more challenging because there are so many distractions. Make sure you have set up a designated work space, especially if you are working from home.

“In behavioral terms, there’s something called setting conditions which is the environment where you try to do a particular behavior,” Prescott said. “For example, it’s easier to fall asleep when it’s quiet. We know that there’s some of that with concentration. You want to get your brain used to when you’re in your spot. This is your working spot.”

However, Prescott recognizes that this can be challenging in the current circumstances.

“It’s been tough in the pandemic,” Prescott said. “A lot of people have had to use their home for everything. But having a spot is a really really good idea.”

You should also consider the fact that a one-size-fits-all approach for focus will not work for everyone.

“Most people have a predictable trajectory of their focus throughout the day,” Dattilo said. “If you find yourself really struggling at focus towards the end of the day, [try] to set up your schedule for success. It’s not about what you should be doing or what other people do. It’s the thing that works with who you are, how you are and what’s important for you to spend your time on.”