A solid evening routine can help you decompress, improve mental clarity and ultimately empower you for the next morning

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Morning and evening routines are the “bookends” of a prosperous life, argues Darren Hardy in his book, The Compound Effect.

In his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey writes about the habits, routines, and rituals of history’s greatest minds.

After studying the great artists, Currey came to this conclusion:

“In the right hands, [a routine] can be a finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of a range of limited resources: time (the most limited resource of all) as well as willpower, self-discipline, optimism. …

Learn any skill deeply and quickly

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Becoming a super learner is one of the most important skills you need to succeed in the 21st century. In the age technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self-education — a lifelong mastery of new models, skills and ideas.

In a world that’s changing fast, the ability to learn a new skill as fast as possible is quickly becoming a necessity. The good news is, you don’t need a natural gift to be better at learning something new even when you have a full-time career.

Many polymaths (people who have excelled in diverse pursuits) — including Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman — claimed not to have exceptional natural intelligence. …

Activate your curiosity — It can help you improve your life, skills and perceptions in life

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Change your life by changing your habits. You don’t even have to make a massive change today or tomorrow. Just adopt a few micro-habits at a time.

The point is that if you want to have a completely different life in a year or two, you need to start now. But you don’t have to make a radical change now. “Start small. Prove your new identity to yourself in a thousand tiny ways. Soon it will become real in a thousand big ways,” writes James Clear.

These are 15 ideas that can change the trajectory of your life for good.

You need clarity of purpose to succeed — Anything you can’t help but do can be a clue to your life’s purpose. Napoleon Hill once said “There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. Clarifying not only your purpose but your direction reinforces your ultimate life purpose. …

Practice transformational listening

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In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to find time to slow down or focus on being more present. Living in the present is difficult but not impossible.

Most people run their days on autopilot. They juggle multiple tasks without taking time to allow their minds to take a break, notice even the tiniest experiences around them or letting their minds be more present.

They are so busy with urgent but unimportant tasks that they miss life as it happens and fail to notice and enjoy the small but beautiful moments of their days, weeks and months. …

Rediscover the joy of learning

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This year, whatever you are planning to improve, change, adapt or learn, approach it with a beginner’s mindset. It’s a fresh perspective that can help you build better habits or improve your skills in a whole new way.

In Japanese, shoshin means “beginner’s mind”. As Shunryu Suzuki says in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”

A beginner’s mindset means having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions, just as a beginner would. …

Knowledge begets knowledge, and new skills drive careers forward

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The ability to maintain an open mind and learn from everything and everyone is a superpower.

Learning from everyone and everything around me is something I find increasingly valuable. The truth is we can learn from just about every experience we live on a day-to-day basis.

Not all the knowledge we need to live a better life comes from books and classrooms. Every success or failure(in life or career) is an opportunity to learn something new.

The smartest people in almost every industry do not just learn by reason, experience. They also learn from daily encounters with others.

It takes a major cognitive shift to understand that there is still a lot to learn no matter your age. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “There are no eternal facts as there are no absolute truths.” …

Don’t go looking for shortcuts, do the real work

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There’s no quick and easy way to become a better writer.

When I decided to write for a living almost ten years ago, it became very clear to me that I was never going to become a good writer unless I did two important things:

  1. Wrote, a lot.
  2. Shared my writing online.

I have never regretted that decision. I’m still learning every day. Becoming a great writer takes real work, the courage to hit “publish” and the commitment to keep writing.

Over the years, I have learned from many great writers that the two most effective ways to get good at writing are to write a lot and read a lot. You can’t outsmart the process. …

Don’t confuse your career and your life

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The trajectory of your life is determined by your daily habits. Everything you are still doing in 2021 is either setting you up for massive success or catastrophic failure. Samuel Johnson was right when he said, “The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

Many people aspire to be the best versions of themselves. They want to be healthy, mentally strong, more productive and build better habits for success but they consistently succumb to distractions and bad habits. …

How do your current actions affect your long-term goal?

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Massive success in any pursuit takes a huge commitment of time, energy and resources. Successful people learn what works, apply them without holding back and keep repeating the same patterns that deliver massive results until they find better or smarter options.

The same principle applies in life — do more of what works until it no longer does. “Doubling down” is a move that promises a big reward, but only when you commit massive time and energy your pursuit. Doubling down is how successful people approach life and business.

Success tends to bless those who are most committed to giving it the most attention. When you know what’s actually working, it makes sense to double or triple down on it. …

Focus on the upside of a downside situation

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2020 has was particular hard for many people. But you made it. You are still here. You endured the challenges.

Did 2020 reveal something about yourself that you were previously unaware of? Perhaps it gave you clarity into priorities, it unearthed a surprising character quality, etc.

In hindsight, 2020 taught us a lot of important lessons — of being mindful, grateful, living in the moment, and never taking anything for granted.

As we march ahead into another 12 months, let’s learn a few things that can help you thrive in 2021 and make the year your best year, ever.

  • Choosing a positive attitude is one of the most powerful and important things you can take into 2021. …


Thomas Oppong

Founder @AllTopStartups | Featured at Forbes, Business Insider, etc. | Join my personal newsletter for life and career tools at https://postanly.substack.com

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