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Be Your Best Every Day: Daily Steps to Compete Like a Champion

Your daily life in the fast lane can be a bit of a roller coaster ride as it presents a lot of various circumstances, obstacles, and successes alike. If you ever wonder how someone like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg made it into the big leagues while others find it hard to catch their big breaks, perhaps they have followed an everyday routine that helped them grind well through the day and made them winners. 

Having said that, we believe that the list below consists of the things that are common to these brilliant group of people. Beyond procrastination, these steps provide you the chance to be your very best self every single day, in order to compete with your day-to-day grinds like a champion.

Whatever your definition of success is, we are pretty sure that these things compliment well with your ideas and visions. They are very easy to follow and implement if you truly have the guts to follow your dreams and reach your goals. So, what are you waiting for? Read on.

Make a plan 

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There is definitely no harm in setting aside time before you go to bed to make a plan for the next day. While you are lying down, imagine what your next day will be and try to list all the things you want to accomplish. This is because putting something into writing is like expressing a commitment to make an action. And you just do not make a plan, you set them up with smart goals in mind.  Also, you do not have to plan every minute of your day, a little spontaneity and room for creativity are also very healthy.

However, you also need to remember that you may encounter difficulties as you navigate through your day. If you want to be a highly successful person, you also need to be ready to modify your plans and make changes. Allow yourself to adapt and learn to let go of things that are not achievable as of the moment. This method allows you to spread your tasks evenly and insert personal time easily and reduces your chances of procrastination, therefore, inducing less stress and more self-fulfillment. 

Review your plan

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Go over and read your plan out when you wake up in the morning or when you head out for the office. This way, you will be able to remember all the important tasks you have slated for yourself and keep its details well in your memory. It would also help you realize new opportunities and other things you need to do that you may have forgotten while planning the night before. Your imagination can also give birth to new ideas, new goals, and plans or solutions to a problem that might have haunted you for a while.

Having a good picture of the goals you want to accomplish and the steps on how to achieve them allows you to organize your tasks and other information, helping you de-clutter your mind and prepare it for the day ahead. A great visualization of your end target will make it easier to get things done and get through the day. Likewise, if you have a vivid picture of yourself successfully carrying out your goals, you do not have to worry about what to do next and getting easily distracted. 

Find your inspiration

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What is living if you have nothing to live for? May it be your family, your children, your wife, your loved one, or even yourself, an inspiration could be a great help in achieving your daily goals. If you need to work hard, work hard for something that at the end of the day, you can pat yourself on the back for making someone happy. Also, it feels great to know that your plans and goals are inspired by a higher sense of purpose. It does not just give you encouragement but also a great sense of pride.

But, finding an inspiration can be difficult and quite a hard task for some, especially if you need to find daily motivations. This is actually simple as you just need to turn and look around you. Clear your mind and breathe deeply. There are so many things in the world that you can be happy about, like children playing in the park or your pet unceasingly chasing its target. Make it a point to carry their spirit as you go on with your day and you will definitely find yourself enjoying whatever you are doing.

Believe in yourself

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Doubts and questions are a successful person's greatest enemy. Once you question your ability to execute the plans you set the previous day, it begins to go downhill. Commitment is a very expensive word and most people are afraid of it. That is why you should have a strong conviction that you can do the task at hand and believe that you can do it very well. Aside from these, you also need to have faith in the process, from planning to the execution of the plan and making your thoughts into reality.

Believing in yourself requires a lot of positive talks. Self-doubt may overwhelm you sometimes, if not most. Yet, you have to remember that when you doubt your power, you give your doubt power. If you start to unconsciously question your knowledge and abilities, you may need to learn a habit of not listening to things that will hold you back and keep moving on forward no matter what other people or even yourself say. It might as well be difficult, so you have to know and understand yourself more. 

Take a break

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Chasing your dreams and running toward your goals can be a daunting task, most especially if you are doing it every day. Whether you spend a few minutes away from your desk, a day off just lounging in your living room or a couple of weeks on a tropical island, you deserve a break no matter what you do. Many studies show that getting up from your seat and walking around for a while regularly can help you clear your mind, sharpen your focus, and improve your performance, contrary to popular belief. 

Some people think that in order to be successful, you should treat time as money and spend every last minute of it working. However, the truth is time spent pampering yourself or doing nothing can yield more benefits to your productivity than toiling without rest in front of your computer. So, allow yourself to take some time to chill and relax, get outside, and smell some fresh air. This will give you some perspective and ease off any stress or anxiety, especially when the going gets tough. 

Keep your goals

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You might be compelled to change your goals or abandon it altogether when it gets too difficult to achieve. This usually happens when you only have short-term goals in mind. Although this article tells you to set up objectives on a day-to-day basis, it does not mean that your goals should be different from your long-term plans. In fact, they should be part of a bigger picture. In this way, you will be able to prioritize more important things and adjust your goals without disrupting your plans for the future. 

Planning should not only be done daily but should also be done on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. And each of these goals should be correlated with each other. Assigning your goals with different deadlines allows you to work through a range of achievability. It also lets you plot intervals that you are comfortable with and measures your progress as well as shortcomings. Once you can see what is happening in the big picture, your reality becomes clearer and it will be easier to make adjustments.

Give your best

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You have to be fully aware that it is not always heaven doing what we love and what we are so passionate about. Every day, there are some tasks and responsibilities that you may not be fond of doing or does not even bring a smile to your face. Regardless, do not leave anything to chance and always give your 100% no matter what you do, big or small. Bring in your best effort and attitude even in the most mundane daily activities because whether you believe it or not, it will pay off some time.

You may have heard this advice over and over again and you know that it is not as simple as it sounds. The best things that you can do is to set your goals based on the things that you want to do and what you are capable of. It does not make perfect sense if you spread yourself too thin doing everything. If you focus on what you want to achieve and why, choose the things that you do carefully, and know your limits; you will be able to make the most of out of your energy and motivation so important.

Get feedback

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A little outer perspective is good, if not best, for your growth as a person. Criticisms, whether good or bad, can help you identify the things that you do best as well as the things you need to improve. Unfavorable judgments and opinions are inevitable, but what matters most is how you take them and make them as your weapon from adversity. A little customer feedback is good, especially when it comes from people who love you and care for you. So, do not get hurt easily and give up on your goals.

On the other hand, do not be ashamed of getting praises and accolades for the things that you do. It's quite a common mistake for people to be bashful, when other people praise them because they are scared people, will see them as. But the truth is, these people are just as happy to give you their approval as you are happy receiving their compliments. Getting these feedback enhances your self-worth and improves your confidence, thus, do not be hard on yourself and be gracious about it instead.

Be flexible

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If you think that your plans are not working out, it does not hurt to move things a little and allow more room to think and get things into perspective. As mentioned earlier, changes and modifications to your plans are necessary in order to achieve your goals, as long as it does not hinder you from attaining success in the end. It does require a lot of commitment to stick with your purpose, but if you are not flexible enough to let go of things, it might not be as helpful as it should be. 

Having goals without a plan can also be a perfect recipe for disaster. That is the reason why this list started with making a plan the night before you tackle your tasks the day after. Listing down your steps of action as well can help you focus on priorities and ease some flexibility in areas that do not meet immediate attention. Also, this advice does not only apply to your schedules. Exercising regularly can also help your mind and body work to its full potential.

Recharge

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At the end of the day, treat yourself to a relaxing good night's sleep and recharge for the next day. Spending time to rest your mind and body is as essential as spending time working to making your plans to fruition. It is scientifically proven that working continuously without stopping is detrimental to our health as it burns us out, both physically and mentally. With the proper amount of sleep every night, you will be able to unleash your full potential the next day.

And when you take a rest, rest with confidence. Take away all the worries and baggage you might have during the day and plan them accordingly for tomorrow. Drink a glass of milk and make sure your mind is in the right condition in order to get the full rest your mind and body deserves. Not only does your body work to restore your brain functions as you sleep but also revitalizes your physical health. So, never underestimate your need to shut down and get enough doses.

You may already have incorporated some of these tips into your daily routine, but you can always improve with new ways and ideas that you may not have thought of before. Introduce these steps slowly and find the things that work for you. One of the pitfalls in developing healthy habits like these is when people do not commit to what they planned to do. So, make sure to stick by these steps, be consistent, continue learning, and always move forward.