Close In On Success By Observing Your Habits

Positioning has a lot to do with how you condition yourself over time.

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion and if you are headed towards mediocrity—you will eventually arrive.


So it goes without saying that if you have dreams, the best way to convert those dreams into achievable goals is by creating a set of positive habits. The habits come first, then the specific action plan. Both are necessary, however, discipline is what is absolutely necessary so that you can sense opportunity when it arrives.


I think about this a lot, especially when I am thinking about how I’ve found work this year. From what I have seen so far, my income directly correlates not with my specific level of education given to me by an institution but, with how much I have learned on my own.


The skills I’ve gained from my own curiosity and life experiences has led to an increase in wealth and opportunities to help others. You can certainly learn from books and classes, but you have to immediately apply what you learn.


If you can get past the excuses and find a way to take a new idea, and challenge it with action and visual results, you will grow. It is the only way to know if what you are learning is legitimately going to make you money.


Positioning is therefore aligned with the positive habits we adopt over time. There is a reason leaders self-educate, the best sellers in the world constantly find opportunities to sell something, and in my case—this is why I try to always write.


Most of the hard work that leads to success at any level comes from repetition. What you say you want out of life has to tie directly to what you do every day. Let me repeat:


What you say you want out of life has to tie directly to what you do every day.


What are you using to challenge your thinking, to expand it? Think laterally, not just linearly. You can learn a lot about where you are headed by simply observing what you consistently do.


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Discover The Complexities And Eliminate Them

All teams have routine processes that go unexamined at the cost of their time and their bottom line

How long does it take for a new project to get approved?


How long does it take for the project to start—where actual documentation gets created, tasks are assigned, and a clear timeline for deliverables is established?


Where are the steps in your team’s process that seem necessary—where there is clearly a legacy system set in place for “safety” and “contingency management?”


We often take longer to complete our assignments because there are unnecessary bottle-necks in our way. The complexities in our team’s processes are clear to see but, difficult to get rid of.


It takes longer to fix an inefficient process and to make it better than it is to make something simple.


It’s surprisingly easy to set up complex processes. Sometimes a complex process is used as an illusion to make a company seem more sophisticated. However, the teams that win are the ones who embrace simplicity in everything that they do. They empower everyone in the organization to make decisions, provide organizational design recommendations, and embrace rapid internal change.


It’s vital that if you’re working in a small team, that you predict and catch future complexities in any process you are involved in. Do it early, before your company grows.


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Even If It’s Your First Time, Say Yes

There is no safe way to grow

An online course can only teach you so much. Using the tools on your own, clicking around and looking at all the settings can help, but there is truly only one way to learn how to use a tool. You have to be put in the position to have to help someone who gives you a task regarding the tool.


Back in 2015 when I started this blog, I didn’t know anything about how to manage a website. Within these five years, my site has broken at least 30 times and in 28 of those times, I didn’t have a backup file that I could rely on.


My site has been hacked and people have put malware on it (now I use reCaptcha on my login page). SEO was a big issue for me too but, now if you search “Kenny Soto” on Google, I’m #1 on the search.


However, even though I’ve learned from my mistakes I have learned more about WordPress in the past year creating and optimizing websites for my clients, than I have from working on my own website. The best way to learn how to use a tool is to get paid using it. Even if it will be your first time using the tool, take the chance to learn how to use it as you go.


In the ideal scenario, even without experience you will be assigned the task because of your eagerness to learn. It’s better to ask for the assignment and get rejected than to stop yourself from learning a new skill.


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The One Essential Task

Don’t fall into the multitasking trap

Only a select group of individuals can multitask and achieve maximum efficiency. Instead of trying to complete multiple assignments in a day, focus on the one that will have the most impact. By impact, I mean the tasks that have inherent value to your customer or employer.


You end up becoming a burden if you make promises but, can’t meet deadlines.


If you want to be seen as reliable, let people know if their expectations should be adjusted—if a due date is unreasonable. People will respect you more if you are able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the work involved to get quality results.


The one essential task is learning how to organize your time to get the essential tasks done today and defer the less urgent for tomorrow.


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How To Know If It’s Time To Toss Out Your Old Clothes?

You just spent the day binge-watching 13 episodes of a Netflix show, taking the occasional bathroom break or two, eating sparingly to make sure you consume as much of your new amazing addiction as possible. During this glorious time, you notice a hole in your shirt. “How did that get there?” You think to yourself that this shirt isn’t that old and you weren’t doing any heavy-lifting during the day so it’s odd that there’s a tear. Well I hate to break it to you, but that’s what happens to really old clothes.


It’s not just your shirt. There’s probably a lot more old garments in your closet than you might think. When’s the last time you’ve done an audit of your entire wardrobe? If you’re like me, then the answer may have been three years ago after your girlfriend told you that your jeans that were once dark blue have faded to the point of becoming grey from overwashing.


Let’s face it, if you don’t regularly and consciously check your closet for old clothes then they will begin to accumulate over time. Here are some simple signs to look for when trying to see if your clothes are too old.


How do you feel about the clothes in your closet?

When’s the last time you wore that pair of light green khakis? It’s been over a year, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Did you get that plaid lumberjack shirt when long beards were trending? If you’ve outgrown that hairstyle, it’s highly likely that you’ve also outgrown out that shirt. Taking the time to consider what clothes you bought because they fit a timeless look versus something that used to fit a trend at the time is one easy way to see if the clothes in your closet need to end up in your recycling bin.


You may also have more than one item of clothing that’s the same color. That means it’s possibly time to start eliminating some of those items. Lastly, whenever you buy something new that excites you it may also be a potential replacement for something old you no longer even see.


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