Sunday, 27 March 2016

Things Successful People Don't Do Again.

Dr. Henry Cloud has discovered
certain “awakenings” that people have—in life and in business—that once they have them, they never go back to the old way of doing
things. And when that happens, they are never the same. In short, they got it. “Years ago, a bad business decision of mine led to an interesting discussion with my mentor,” . “I had learned a valuable lesson the hard way, and he reassured me: ‘The good thing is once you learn that lesson, you never go back. You never do it again.’

“I wondered, what are the key awakenings that successful people go through that forever change how they do things, which propel them
to succeed in business, relationships, and life?

I began to study these awakenings, researching them over the years.”
Although life and business have many lessons to teach us, learning that high performers go through,
never to return again.

Successful people never again…

1. Return to what hasn’t worked.
Whether a job, or a broken relationship that was ended for a good reason, we should never
go back to the same thing, expecting different results, without something being different.

2. Do anything that requires
them to be someone they are
not. In everything we do, we have to ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this? Am I suited for it? Does it fit me? Is it sustainable?” If the answer is no
to any of these questions, you better have a very good reason to proceed.

3. Try to change another person.
When you realize that you cannot force someone into doing something, you give him or
her freedom and allow them to experience the consequences. In doing so, you find your own
freedom as well.

4. Believe they can please
everyone. Once you get that it truly is impossible to please everyone, you begin to live purposefully,
trying to please the right people.

5. Choose short-term
comfort over long-term benefit.
Once successful people know they want something that requires a painful, time-limited step, they do not mind the painful step because
it gets them to a long-term benefit. Living out this principle is one of the most fundamental differences between successful and
unsuccessful people, both personally and professionally.

6. Take their eyes off the big
picture. We function better emotionally and perform better in our lives when we can see the big
picture. For successful people, no one event is ever the whole story. Winners remember that – each and every day.

7. Neglect to do due diligence.
No matter how good something looks on the outside, it is only by taking a deeper, diligent, and honest look that we will find out what we
truly need to know: the reality that we owe ourselves.

8. Fail to ask why they are
where they find themselves.
One of the biggest differences between successful people and others is that in love and in life, in relationships and in business,
successful people always ask themselves, what part am I playing in this situation? Said another way, they do not see themselves only
as victims, even when they are.

9. Forget that their inner life determines their outer success.
The good life sometimes has little to do with outside circumstances. We are happy and fulfilled mostly by who we are on the inside.
Research validates that. And our internal lives largely contribute to producing many of our external circumstances. And, the converse is true: people who are still trying to find success in various areas of life
can almost always point to one or more of these patterns as a reason they are repeating the same mistakes.

Everyone makes mistakes even the most successful people out there. But, what achievers do better than others is recognize the patterns that are causing those mistakes and
never repeat them again. In short, they learn from pain—their own and the pain of others.

A good thing to remember is this: pain is unavoidable, but repeating the same pain twice, when we could choose to learn and do something different, is certainly avoidable. I
like to say, “we don’t need new ways to fail the old ones are working just fine!” Our task, in business and in life, is to observe what they are, and never go back to doing them
again.