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  • 18 Effective Habits to develop and become a Highly Successful Person

    Whether we like it or not, a big part of what we do in life is governed by habits. Even more importantly, habits can lead us to think and feel in certain patterns.

    Since habits are so powerful, it's worth paying attention to the ones that are most effective.

    Here are 18 effective habits of successful people, learn them, implement them and make them your own.

    1. Successful people are persistent.

    They know nothing can take the place of persistence and determination, so they make a habit of never quitting until they get results.

    2. Successful people are self-confident.

    Self-confidence comes from the habit of mastering yourself, your skills and talents. It's a process that slowly but surely builds unshakeable trust in yourself--which is a vital element of success.

    3. Successful people think big.

    When you think big, you act big, and big things happen. What is the next big idea, project, business that you can think about?

    4. Successful people have an unswerving commitment.

    Their strong convictions mean they'll structure everything else in their life around their most important goal, doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

    5. Successful people contribute generously.

    Successful people make it a habit to bring value to others. To become successful, look for ways to give, not to get.

    6. Successful people have tremendous willpower.

    They have the strength to see things through without vacillating or procrastinating. When you want it, you make it happen. The world's greatest achievers are those who have had the willpower to stay focused on their goals and consistent in their efforts.

    7. Successful people have patience.

    They understand that in everything there are failures and frustrations. To take setbacks personally just slows things down that much more. Their habit of patience is not so much about the ability to wait as knowing how to act while they're waiting.

    8. Successful people are optimistic.

    They choose positivity instead of fear. Optimism is an ideal strategy for making a better future--you have to first believe that the future can be better before you can step up and take responsibility for making it so.

    9. Successful people are flexible.

    They make it a habit of being agile and adaptable. Many of them have become successful doing something different from what they initially started out to do. They know the world is always changing and they refuse to lock themselves into a box.

    10. Successful people know their "why."

    Successful people make a habit of knowing why they do what they do--what they're in it for. They've given thought to their reasons and motives, which in turn gives them the courage and the determination to continue.

    11. Successful people think long term.

    Most people think short term, because they want instant gratification. Successful people know how to set that desire aside and cultivate the habit of thinking in the long term. They plan ahead because they know that lasting success beats momentary gratification.

    12. Successful people are strong communicators.

    People who can communicate effectively excel in life. Successful people understand that in order to achieve great success, you must first must understand your central message and how best to communicate it.

    13. Successful people take risks.

    They know you can't make important gains without important risk. If you take risk out of life, you take opportunity out along with it.

    14. Successful people have self-management skills.

    In the end, everything boils down to personal relationships and self-management. Successful people make those areas a priority--people skills and personal development.

    15. Successful people are resourceful.

    They develop networks and cultivate contacts, and they know how to make things work. They know when you have the right people with the right abilities in the right place at the right time, everyone benefits.

    16.Successful people take definitive actions.

    If there's one critical thing that separates successful people from the herd, it's this: successful people take action. They don't talk about what they're going to do or think about their intentions. They get up and get it done.

    17. Successful people play by their own rules.

    They make a point of working harder than everyone else and learning every single detail from scratch. And because they do what most people aren't willing to do, they get to set the agenda.

    18. Successful people think winning thoughts.

    They don't allow any room for negativity or doubt. They may even visualize how success will look and feel. They intuitively understand that once you can think it you can achieve it.

    In the end, successful people know the importance of having effective, healthy winning habits, and they work hard on creating, building and cultivating winning habits to make their success a reality.

    Source: inc.com

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  • U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa response to Ethiopians Visa Quota to USA

    "We have seen questions on Facebook about a quota system for Ethiopian visa applicants.

    Last week, the President of the United States initiated a review of national security procedures which applies to visitors and potential immigrants from seven countries.

    Ethiopia is not among those seven countries and Ethiopian citizens are not addressed nor affected by the President’s executive order.

    The U.S. Government remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued more than 18,000 non-immigrant visas, with the majority to Ethiopian applicants.

    For more information on the recent Executive Order or on the application process for U.S. visas:

    https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html"

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  • 10 Things to do when your business is struggling

    What is the best advice for struggling entrepreneurs? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

    Answer by Evan Asano, Founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company.

    The first thing to do is figure out why you’re struggling. There’s a lot of reasons a business can struggle, but often times it’s due to sales. As Mark Cuban often says, sales solves all problems.

    One of the biggest lessons I learned in bootstrapping my own business was that you have to invest in growth. That’s why it’s so rare you hear of businesses succeeding without raising at least some capital or loans. When you’re struggling, it’s counter-intuitive, but that’s when you have to spend more in sales. Cut costs in other areas, but never under capitalize your sales efforts.

    Investing in sales starts with yourself. You cannot be a leader of a company and not understand the sales process inside and out. The best entrepreneurs have sold their product and were the company’s first and often times best sales person. There comes a time in the growth cycle, when the CEO or founder has to step away from sales to focus on other areas, but the company’s leader should always have deep ties to the sales process and team.

    Here are some other things to do:

    1.Create a don’t do list

    As the leader of the company, there’s a list of things you should not be doing. Anything you can reasonably delegate or outsource, you should. When you become an entrepreneur, you stop getting to do the things you like to do and do the most important things to be done.

    2.Do the hard things first

    Don’t hesitate on having hard conversations. Prioritize your to do’s with the things you least want to do at the top. Often times these are the most important to do. If you don’t, you’ll have a long to do list of things you don’t like doing or don’t want to do, and it will seem insurmountable. Then you’ll hate your life, not want to get out of bed and your business will fail

    3.Hire the absolute best people you can find

    Spend the extra time doing this. It’s one of the biggest challenges businesses have. That’s true from small start-ups all the way up to Google, but investing in right people team will be one of the best investments you make. Having the right core team will make the difference between success and failure. It can seem impossible to find the time to hire well, but trust me in knowing that not hiring well will cost you far more time.

    4.Get good at sales

    You don’t have to be selling, but you do have to understand the process. Meet regularly with the team. Understand their pain points. Set realistic and achievable goals and reward the high performers.

    5.Invest in sales

    Make sure everyone on your sales team has all the tools they need. There are million of them now. Sales tools will have one of the highest ROI of any aspect in your business, so get the best ones for your team.

    6.Learn relentlessly

    You don’t know what you don’t know. And if you’re struggling in business, then you hardly know anything. Here’s a problem that’s entirely in your control and fixable. Learn every day. Everything from Quora to podcasts on business and entrepreneurship to books. Make it you hobby. There’s never been easily access to information and learning. Have an area you don’t feel strong in? Search that topic on Udemy and buy the top three courses and get to work.

    7. Stop trying to make money and provide value instead

    If you can solve someone’s problem, then they’ll stick with you and they’ll tell their friends. If you’re solving one person’s problem, then it’s likely that others have this problem and you have a business, now you just have to tell people about it.

    8.Stop networking and sell

    There’s a lot written out there about how important events, meet ups and networking on are for entrepreneurs. And for those with the time, they can be great. If I had to pick getting good at selling or getting good at networking, I would pick selling every time. If you can sell, you will not fail. Cut out the distractions.

    9. Find support

    Meet and spend time with other entrepreneurs. Businesses in all different categories tend to have similar problems and similar solutions. Share learning and become a resource to a peer group.

    10. Take breaks

    Entrepreneurship is an incredibly stressful path. If you’re the type of person that’s drawn to it, you’ll find it hard to get away from and hard to stop working. Take regular breaks. Don’t work all weekend. Take one day off. Get out and exercise regularly. Take care of yourself. You need the rest and breaks to perform at your maximum. Otherwise, you’ll fool yourself into thinking working 80 hours weeks is productive and eventually crash and burn.

    Source: inc.com

     

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  • 50 small things you can do every day to Really Love Yourself

    01 February 2017- (Welkessa.com)-When we love ourselves, it helps us feel our best, and when we feel our best, we can give more to the world. Treating yourself well, and with love, is more than eating healthy and exercising.

    What exactly is self-love, though? In Psychology Today, Deborah Khoshaba, Psy.D. writes, “Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Self-love is dynamic; it grows by actions that mature us.”

    She explains the profound effects of self-love, stating, “When we act in ways that expand self-love in us, we begin to accept much better our weaknesses as well as our strengths, have less need to explain away our short-comings, have compassion for ourselves as human beings struggling to find personal meaning, are more centered in our life purpose and values, and expect living fulfillment through our own efforts.”

    Here are 50 small things you can do every day to practice self-love. They are divided into categories of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, so you can practice self-love in all areas of well being.

    Social wellness

    Social wellness is the ability to connect with others and develop positive relationships. To practice self-love in your social life, do the following:

    1. Connect today with someone who is positive, inspiring, and encouraging.

    2. Visit with your neighbor.

    3. Send a note in the mail to a family member or friend.

    4. Plan a fun night out with friends.

    5. Snuggle with your love.

    Emotional wellness

    Emotional wellness is the ability to cope with life’s challenges. The University of California states,”The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress, hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner” contributes to increased emotional wellness. To practice self-love in this area, work on the following:

    6. If you’re not satisfied with your life, admit it to yourself, and write out your action plan to make changes.

    7. Spend 10 minutes today being quiet.

    8. Forgive yourself. You must accept that you are not perfect before you can love yourself.

    9. Seek the help you need — set up an appointment for counselling or therapy if you’re struggling emotionally. You are worth it.

    10. Spend 10 minutes working on a favorite stress-management technique.

    11. Write down your schedule for the day. This will help you set aside time each day to spend time on your priorities and minimize wasted time.

    12. Practice an optimistic attitude.

    13. Be mindful of your inner dialogue. The messages you tell yourself can greatly influence your life.

    14. Set boundaries on how you’ll spend your time. Steer clear of time-sucking activities that don’t add meaning to your life.

    15. Turn away from behaviors that tend to get you into trouble.

    16. Say no to toxic people and activities.

    17. Say yes to adventure.

    18. Have fun. Laugh every day.

    19. Compliment yourself.

    Spiritual wellness

    The University of California describes spiritual wellness as “the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives.” To practice self-love in your spiritual life, take these actions:

    21. Explore your faith.

    22. Spend time in prayer or meditation.

    23. Seek an opportunity to grow in one of the challenges in your life.

    24. Get outside in nature.

    25. Do something altruistic.

    Environmental wellness

    Being environmentally well means recognizing your responsibility to make a positive impact on the earth. To practice self-love and environmental wellness, try these tips:

    26. Practice not buying what you don’t need.

    27. Donate items you don’t need. Practice getting rid of 1 item per day.

    Occupational wellness

    Occupational wellness involves getting fulfillment from your work. To practice self-love in your work life, take these steps:

    28. Learn about your strengths.

    29. Discover your passion. This workbook is a great start.

    30. Write down your big career goals.

    31. Take one small step each day toward your dream career.

    32. Connect with a coworker.

    Intellectual wellness

    When you are intellectually well, you continually expand your knowledge as a lifelong learner. To practice self-love intellectually, try these actions:

    33. Read 1 page of a book that interests you today.

    34. Learn.

    35. Book an adventure to a new place.

    36. Sign up for a new class through community education or a local college.

    37. Take a small step out of your comfort zone every day.

    Physical wellness

    Optimal physical wellness is achieved when you have a healthy quality of life. To practice self-love and increase physical wellness, try these actions:

    38. Appreciate the amazing things your body can do rather than focusing on what you consider to be your “flaws.”

    39. Schedule your routine physical with your doctor.

    40. Pick a new vegetable to eat.

    41. Choose one new healthy recipe to make this week.

    42. While you eat, focus on your meal.

    43. Make a specific game plan to quit a destructive habit.

    44. Nourish your body with healthy choices.

    45. Establish a nighttime routine for a healthy dose of sleep.

    A few bonuses

    46. Set aside time each day to work toward making a big dream of yours a reality. Guard this time furiously.

    47. Do something you love every day.

    48. Buy yourself fresh flowers someday soon, just for fun.

    49. Schedule a massage.

    50. Start a gratitude journal and list something you are thankful for every day.

    When you start working on these small actions, you’ll begin to accept and appreciate yourself more. When you genuinely love yourself and love life, it causes amazing effects in your life and in the lives of those around you.

    Source: lifehack.org

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