Too often we act as if time is infinitely available. There’s always another day, right? But that’s a huge mistake.
Whether you’re working or having fun, being mindful about how you spend your time is one of the best things you can do for your life.
Here are 18 time-wasters to cut out today.
1. Running from problems.
Sooner or later, you will run out of places to run to. Confront your problems and get it over with.
2. Cursing the darkness.
We all have struggles and failures, but if you can focus your energy on a solution–even a small one–you’ve started the process of finding your way out.
3. Lying to yourself.
The truth really does set you free. The beliefs and thoughts that limit your options aren’t representing your truth, and they’re keeping you from realizing your visions.
It is human nature to feel fear, and most of us tend to fear what we don’t understand. If you can understand your fears, you can free yourself from them.
Focus on yourself with optimism and positivity instead of dwelling on the things that are holding you back.
6. The word impossible.
There’s no bigger impediment to any achievement than not trying at all, or trying and giving up.
7. Winging it.
Success favors those who work hard, put in plenty of time, and do whatever it takes to make it work. When you do your part, success has a way of showing up.
Human understanding and kindness are at the core of the happiest people.
Stop wasting your time chasing shiny objects and focus on what you really need in your life.
A truly successful life is made of giving, sharing, and praise, not taking, demanding, and criticizing.
Stop overthinking everything because that just makes things worse. Think good thoughts and good things will happen.
Any form of hoarding is unhealthy and wastes your time, whether it’s possessions, information, wisdom, or emotion.
Look at your life and ask yourself whether what you are doing is truly representing what’s within you; if not, stop denying what you really want and need.
It’s easy to criticize, but it’s rarely helpful. Praise is far more powerful and rewarding for everyone all around.
Remember, everyone has a unique situation and is fighting their own battles. Stop comparing yourself to others, it’s never productive.
There’s no bigger waste of time than putting things off–it adds stress and takes away options for solving problems.
Taking responsibility today is the first step in accomplishing something great tomorrow.
Remember, those who seldom make mistakes seldom make discoveries. Instead of searching for perfection, take this moment and make it perfect.
And, above all, stop squandering your gifts. This life is about making yourself useful and necessary, so find your purpose and run with it.
Who knows what you’ll find time for when you let go of all the time-wasting negatives in your life?
N A T I O N A L B E S T S E L L E R
THE LEADERSHIP GAP
What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.