These 5 Habits Will Make You A Highly Effective Person
Effectiveness is one of the most difficult responsibilities everybody would have to deal with throughout his life. Bill Gates presented an excellent view on effectiveness. He maintained that, “Effectiveness is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results.”
So what are the five habits of highly effective people?
1. Set Goals
Highly effective people never live in limbo. Limbo here refers to a ‘country’ where no plans are made, no goals are set and no targets are met. Highly effective people recognize the truth in the argument that, “the best way to achieve nothing is to aim at everything.” Goals give direction and bring purpose to our time every day. He, who despises goals in life, never achieves anything of substance. Kofi Amoabeng, the founder of UT Bank stated that, “goals are like the fuel life depends on to function.”
2. Effective use of time
Time is the currency of success handed each of the over 7 Billion people on earth, but only a handful are really investing each second in something worthwhile. How one spends his time is an indication of how effective he will be. Highly effective people are very conscious of the 24 hours we all are blessed with. The major difference between an effective man and an undisciplined soul lies in the realm of time usage. Every second that is lost to unproductive work is a million dollar opportunity gone wasted. Highly effective people approach life from this perspective.
Every major decision one shall make in this life would have one or more alternatives which must be forgone. The decision to be effective itself comes with the tacit acknowledgement that an effective life is a better choice to loose living. Effectiveness is impossible without sacrifice and highly effective people by extension are highly sacrificial people. To become an effective person, you must commit to let go of certain things in your life. It may be a relationship, it may be spending time with friends, it may even be resigning from a job altogether.
4. Keep to routines
Many people mistakenly assume that highly effective people are the most difficult people to live with but on the contrary, highly effective people are the most predictable people to live with simply because they have routines that clearly define their activities. They have certain routines they live by everyday which makes them very predictable. They have certain traits which makes it very easy to predict how they shall respond in any given situation.Take a moment to observe an effective person for seven days and you can comfortably predict his activities for the rest of the month.
5. Be Principled
Highly effective people by default are set up to be very principled and disciplined people. To the disciplined soul, “A” can never become“B” as “B” can never be “A.” His principles are at the soul of his heart and once he loses his principles, he loses himself. Principles are to the disciplined man as spontaneity is to the undisciplined man. A life without principles is a life set up for frustrations and failure. Principles are the building blocks that hold life together. Highly effective people have the knack for living according to laid down principles.
Adopt these habits and you will witness a major turn for the good.
By Gideon Sarpong | WakeUPAfrica360