When things are not going so well, it is possible to hear different tricks, hacks, and tips about life. Relatives and friends often tend to come up with different pieces of advice in a bid to encourage you to be strong and face life squarely. But which of these life hacks do you think you should consider that may yield the right results?
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Good day esteemed readers. You are welcome once again to my blog post. I always try to give you the best life hacks and tips to help you succeed in all areas of your life, be it your personal, business, or family life. This post, however, is no different. So, in this blog, I will be sharing with you some of the life hacks that are worth considering.
The most likely thing to go wrong can go wrong
We all want someone to blame, and then feel heartbroken if that person is right. This is also known as “Murphy’s law”. If you spin this law in a positive direction, it makes you proactive and more intuitive. Knowing what could go wrong makes you put countermeasures in place to prevent them, giving you an advantage and foresight.
The rule of five seconds
People have this rule for children that if you pick something off the floor within five seconds, you can eat it. No, not that five-second rule. This is the rule as it applies to our everyday living. According to Mel Robbins, acting within five seconds of having an instinct is key, unless the brain kills that instinct. So, if you have an instinct about doing something, try to act within five seconds or something else will distract you. Act on your instinct, not necessarily your brain. Whenever that great idea comes up, start a countdown in your mind and act before you count from five to zero.
The law of measures and targets
A measure ceases to be a good one when it turns into a target. Some call it the “Good heart law”. For a businessman, you need to measure your success by how well your product is received and how good it is and not by how much you have made from the product. If you measure success by just one pattern, you will be sure to crash along the way.
Negativity attracts negativity
Whatever you do in life, the first step is trying to be positive. If you are positive, you attract positivity and the same goes for negativity. Some call it the “Law of attraction”. When you set your mind towards a goal, you get attracted to it day by day. The power of positive thinking makes it possible for you to meet your goal no matter the obstacles.
The 80:20 rule
This rule is also known as the Pareto principle. It states that about twenty percent of your effort produces eighty per cent of the results. Are you a business person? Take some time to observe, and you will find out that eighty percent of your revenue actually comes from twenty percent of your clients. Generally, the last eighty per cent of the time is spent completing twenty per cent of the task. So, this rule simply implies that the twenty percent effort you put is enough to get the job done. Getting started is winning half the battle, so things are mostly easy to learn but hard to master.
Keep moving, and you will gain momentum
A famous quote by Martin Luther King Jnr goes “If you can’t fly, run. If you can’t run, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. But by all means, keep moving”. This has served as a powerful mantra for people across the world. There is a big difference between setting goals and achieving them. Setting them is the easy part; achieving them means making a move. One move leads to another, and with every move, you gain momentum. See this rule as the “Principle of momentum”.
Balancing your life
This is a very difficult thing to do especially for those who are usually too engrossed into something. According to Mark Zuckerberg, you can have everything you want, but it cannot be at the same time. If you invest eighty percent of your life into work, the other aspects of your life will be left with twenty per cent. To strike a balance, learn to enjoy what you are doing at the moment, be it at work, in business, or at home. With that, you will learn to build a balance.
Time versus effort
For something to work, there has to be a balance between the time and effort allocated to it. For instance, if you have just thirty minutes to make a meal, you will try to make that meal within thirty minutes, even if it took about one hour to make the same meal the last time. This is also called the “Parkinson’s law”. It is applicable in our everyday lives. Deadlines have a way of making the body react in a faster way, so if you are the lazy type, this is for you.
Just do it
You cannot be successful at something if you do not start doing it. Someone once said, “Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it”. The first step might be the hardest step, but it is also the most important if you want to move ahead. You are most responsible for your successes as well as your failures. So, inspire yourself to take action.
No pain, no gain
It is virtually impossible to gain anything from doing nothing. That simply means that you cannot sit around in your home doing anything and expect to receive anything in the form of income at the end of the month. Most bodybuilders and gymnasts use this rule to motivate themselves, but it goes way beyond that if you ask me. To be a successful businessman, you need to put in efforts. Do you know that Michael Phelps, the famous Olympics swimming champion, used to spend eight hours a day swimming, even on his birthday? Life is like a computer, garbage in, garbage out… Or in this case, little effort in, little effort out.
Battle depression as hard as you can
There may be things you hoped to do, dreams you hoped to achieve, goals you set for yourself. Life happens most of the time. What I mean by that is most of the time, things may not be as we hoped they would be. When things do not work out, you are only human, so you are allowed to feel heartbroken. But staying heartbroken will not cut it. All you can do is pick yourself up and try again.
Always be thankful for what you do have
You do not need to be a devoutly religious person for you to be thankful for what you got. Whatever you have now that does not seem to be enough for you, is everything another person could be asking for. So, take a minute to appreciate how far you have gone. You never know what the future brings.
Do not be afraid to take risks
When I say risks, I do not mean jumping off a cliff and hoping you would not get hurt. I mean taking risks in real-life scenarios. Do you have a good business idea? Give it your all. Because your neighbour tried it and it didn’t work doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.
Do not listen to everybody
There are always those people who will try to discourage you in life and those who will support you. I believe choosing one of these two sets of people should not be a hard choice. Always surround yourself with positive energy.
No man is an island
Try as much as possible to seek help where you can get it. There are always those who have your best interests in mind, spot them and let them help you achieve your dreams.
Now you have an idea of some of the things that can go a long way in making you successful in life. There may be other life hacks and tips, but you can always start with these and watch your life change for the better. If this blog was an inspiration, please like and share it. Also, subscribe to my channel for more of these and let us hear your views and comments.
Recommended books for further reading:
- You Are a Badass
- Atomic Habits: The life-changing
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- Money: The Top 100 Best Ways To Make And Manage Money – Ace McCloud
- Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind – Harv Eker