1. Presence in the Moment
What happens when you’re doing a task, but thinking about something else? You look down at your scribbles on the paper, but can’t remember what you were thinking or writing about. When you read the paper out loud, it doesn’t seem to resonate with you, and it’s lackluster. You wonder to yourself, did I really write this? Being present in the moment is crucial to your betterment and life. Whether the task is something you value or not, you should always be present in the moment, with whatever it is that you’re doing. To be present means to be aware or conscious of the impact of your subtle choices and that is a great habit to have. When you are present, you are in control, and you possess the ability to decide whether or not this is an accurate representation of who you are and want to be.
2. Ability to Concentrate and Focus
“One arrow does not bring down two birds.” – Turkish Proverb
Your ability to concentrate and focus on one single task wholeheartedly with your entire being will determine how successful and great you will become. Giving your full attention to two things at once is impossible. To do a task efficiently and to do it well requires your entire focus. When you concentrate all of your attention and focus on the task at hand, blocking out all other distractions, you will be surprised at what you can get done, and the quality of the work will be much higher than a task you do with your mind distracted or wandering. If you want to succeed, learn to concentrate.
3. Clarity of Short-term/Long-term Action Plan
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll
In order to develop a plan, you must first decide on where you would like to go. Until you decide on a goal, a desire, or an outcome, the plan or path you’re on really doesn’t make much of a difference. Once you decide what you would like to be, where you would like to go, and a desired outcome for yourself then you can start planning.
“If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin
When you decide on a goal or outcome it’s important to distinguish whether or not this is a short-term or long-term plan. A short-term plan could be losing 5lbs to look good for the summer while the long-term plan could be maintaining that weight to stay healthy and fit for the rest of your life. Both are equally important, but require completely different action steps to achieve. When you identify the length of the plan, it will become much easier to create action steps to achieve or maintain the desired goal or outcome.
4. Ability to Access Intuition
"Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired." - Wikipedia
You were born a super-hero, and your secret power is your intuition.
Our ability to access, trust, and act on our intuition can help elevate our lives, work, and relationships to the next level. Everyone has accessed their intuition before, but most people don't know what that looks like. Have you ever been thinking about someone and then your phone rang, and it was them on the other line? Intuition. Have you ever gotten into a flow, started writing for hours, stopped and went back to look over you wrote and had no idea how you came up with any of it? Intuition.
To access your intuition regularly, you first have to learn to recognize it. It comes in the form of a hunch, a sudden idea, or a weird feeling in the pit of your stomach. It's different for most people, but the important thing is to learn to recognize it faster, trust it sooner, and act on it as quickly as possible. That hunch to take the train instead of the bus could lead you to meet your future lover. That weird feeling that you need your umbrella even though it'sr perfectly sunny outside can save you from the pouring rain that decided to show up during summer.
Use your superpower and supercharge your life.
5. Decision-Making Ability
Making a decision means making a choice and the choices that we make shape our lives and reality. The ability to make a decision and stick to that decision is usually the deciding factor between those who become successful and those who seem to never break through.
"Those who reach DECISIONS promptly and definitely, know what they want, and generally get it. The leaders in every walk of life DECIDE quickly, and firmly. That is the major reason why they are leaders. The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going." - Napoleon Hill
It’s important to realize that not making a decision is a decision in and of itself. Choose to empower yourself and take control over your life by consciously becoming aware of the opportunities available to you to decide and direct your life. Your ability to be present, focused, and access your intuition will significantly affect how powerful, and efficient each decision you make will be.
To make a good decision, first, think about all the possible choices that are available. Weigh out the positive and negative of all of the choices and look into the future to see how each decision would affect you in the short and long-term. After doing all of this decide on a choice and stick to it.
Choose to decide rather than letting life decide for you.