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14 Habits That’ll Take You From Ordinary to Exceptional

By embracing these transformative habits and techniques, you’re orchestrating a future where your potential knows no bounds.



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In a world brimming with untapped potential, the journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary is paved with unique habits and transformative practices.

This journey isn’t just about reaching new heights; it’s about discovering and unlocking the hidden chambers of your own potential. Each step taken is a step closer to greatness, a greatness that lies dormant within us all, waiting to be awakened.

In this exploration, we delve into the core habits that distinguish inspiring individuals from the rest, providing you with the tools and insights needed to embark on this life-changing path.

1. Be an Early Riser

Rise early in the morning as it is the time the human mind is highly productive and creative with fresh thoughts. It is like starting on a clean slate. You find total tranquility and peace in the morning. You don’t find any distractions. Hence, you can concentrate well. It helps schedule your activities to roll out effectively as you have a fixed time at your disposal.   

2. Follow Your Heart

Find out your passions and follow them. Unfortunately, people follow others’ passions and fail miserably. You must find out your strengths and concerns, capitalize on your strengths, and overcome concerns to achieve big in your life. Passion can take you to greater heights of success.

When you work in your passionate areas, you don’t know how you spend your time and life. Your work doesn’t become boring but it becomes inspiring thus getting the best out of it. Some people chase money ignoring their passions and fail finally. The truth is that when you follow your passion the money will follow you automatically.  

3. Acquire Attitude

In the twentieth century, a lot of research was done on successful people to understand what made them extraordinary achievers.  It showed that the attitude was the main thing. It is your attitude that determines the altitude of your success. People can support you if you have the right attitude.

Employers prefer attitude over experience during employment interviews. 

4. Visualize Yourself

Understand the power of visualization. Learn how to visualize success. You must visualize yourself as a successful person. It is rightly said that a battle is won twice — first in mind and second in reality. That means you will have a mental script first and then roll out the real script. Hence, visualization is the crucial thing to achieving great success. You can become the way you want to become if you visualize yourself the way you want to be. 

5. Strengthen Your Subconscious Mind

We operate 95 percent from our subconscious minds and 5 percent from our conscious minds. To strengthen your subconscious mind, give positive commands 30 minutes before you go to bed. A study shows that when we go to sleep our conscious mind clicks off and our subconscious mind clicks on and begins to entertain itself during the rest of the sleep.

What we did in our last 30 minutes we replayed 15-17 times during the night. Hence, you can understand the importance of giving commands and giving instructions on the way you want to become in your life. 

6. Improve Your Concentration

Light the candle in a dark room, and observe the flame for a few seconds without any distractions to you to enhance your concentration. When you practice this for a few days, you will be amazed to find yourself with an improved concentration. 

7. Use Your Inner Dialogue Effectively

All human beings have dialogue within themselves throughout the waking hours which is known as ‘inner dialogue’ or ‘self-talk’. This is the most powerful one when you use it effectively. However, it becomes a noise when you don’t listen to others during the conversation. We can use it effectively throughout the day by practicing or thinking about good things. You can use your inner dialogue during your leisure time and traveling time on your goals to succeed greatly. 

You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell

8. Write and Burn the Paper

It is often tough to forget unpleasant experiences and events. But here is a solution where you can get out of them. When you get negative thoughts frequently or when you are angry with someone, write it on a piece of paper and burn it. When you write on paper, you vent out your feelings and relieve yourself from negative people and thoughts. When you burn, you put an end to them. 

9. Acquire Internal Locus of Control

The internal locus is all about taking responsibility for success, and the external locus of control is all about blaming the external forces and factors for failures. Internal locus is about taking action and responsibility for the consequences. It is about making things happen.  When you look at leaders, they possess an internal locus of control as they take responsibility for their actions. 

10. Practice the’ Winner and Mirror’ Method

Whenever you are depressed, go inside the room and lock it. Stand in front of the mirror, smile, and shout ‘I am the winner’ for a few minutes. You get back to normalcy and stay motivated. When you see your smiling face in the mirror you enjoy looking at your face. Secondly, since you locked the room you hear the echo of your voice loudly and it reinforces your mind with positive inputs. It is like having audio and video effects simultaneously where audio is hearing your voice and video is seeing your face with a smile in front of the mirror. 

11. Improve Your Memory

People often complain that they forget certain things quickly. People rarely forget them. The only thing is that the other insignificant information comes to the surface for some time sidetracking the important information.  However, such relegated information resurfaces subsequently at the top of the mind. People often mistake it for forgetfulness or decreased memory power. 

Here is an innovative technique to improve your memory. Move your eyes sideways from left to right and vice versa as you activate both sides of your brain. We mostly use either the left brain or right brain, not both sides of the brain. When you do this exercise you not only improve your memory but also unlock your potential since you use both sides of your brain.

12. Hold Your Thoughts for 21 Seconds

Whenever you get any negative thoughts, have control over them for a few seconds and try to replace them with positive thoughts and you can bounce back with a bang. Whenever people find themselves in depression they must hold positive thoughts for 21 seconds and they will be amazed to find themselves staying motivated.  They must hold thoughts about their past achievements or events for 21 seconds to bounce back to energetic mode. In this way, people can get out of their depression state and overcome suicidal tendencies. 

13. Journal Regularly

When you journal you manage your time as you stay focused on your activities. It aligns and guides you in your destined direction. You learn to prioritize and get disciplined to take it forward on what is important to you. It enhances your focus and inculcates perseverance. These are the days of information overload and it is essential to prepare a To-Do list to work on only what is essential. 

14. Be Persistent

When you observe great people like Albert Einstein, Thomas Alva Edition, and Colonel Sanders name a few, they are persistent by nature. They achieved the unachievable not through their intelligence but with their imagination and persistence. Failures did not prevent them from achieving their goals. What made them stand out from others was their persistence. Hence, don’t give up in desperation when you are close to victory.

In conclusion, the expedition towards greatness is not just a pursuit but a harmonization of your inner potential with the universe’s rhythm. The human mind, an intricate and powerful instrument, when tuned correctly, can compose the most extraordinary symphonies of success.

By embracing these transformative habits and techniques, you’re not just adopting a new way of life; you’re orchestrating a future where your potential knows no bounds.

These strategies are more than mere steps; they are the keys to unlocking a treasure trove of achievements. Let your journey towards greatness be a testament to the power that resides within you, ready to conquer the peaks of success.

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years of experience and the author of fifty books including the award-winning ‘See the Light in You’ URL: He is a C-Suite advisor and global keynote speaker. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications.

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