Lots of people think that the best way to become successful is to pick up lots of new habits and skills. While this can help, sometimes the best thing you can do is give up the things that distract you from your goals.

Instead of adding more things to your life, try removing some negative things that hold you back from success. Some are very easy to give up, while others require a little more time and effort.

Here are 8 things that you should remove from your life to be more successful:

1. Remove Excuses

Successful people don’t try to blame their family, their friends, their boss or their co-workers for their life. Instead, they understand that they are fully responsible for their own life and situation. They see this as a good thing as it means that they hold the power to significantly improve their life. When you make up excuses you are lying to yourself, which will hold you back from achieving your goals.

2. Remove Perfectionism

Perfection is unattainable, so trying to achieve it is a waste of your time. Instead of worrying about mistakes that you have made or physical flaws that bother you, simply focus on trying to better yourself with small steps. No one is perfect, but anyone can make the decision to be a better person.

3. Remove Fear

Lots of people make themselves smaller without realizing; they keep quiet during discussions when they want to say something; they avoid taking risks; and they always think about the worst-case scenario. This fearful attitude will stop you from achieving your full potential, so remove it from your life and be brave instead; speak up, voice your thoughts and actively chase your dreams and goals.

4. Remove The Need To Control Everything

You can’t control everything, and trying to do so is a futile task. It won’t help you to become more successful, but it will make you feel stressed, upset and frustrated. Instead of trying to control everything around you, make an effort to care less about the things you can’t control and focus on the things that you can.

5. Remove A Fixed Mindset

Lots of people have a fixed mindset and they make no effort to learn more or change their perception. This makes it hard for them to become more successful as their mindset is stuck in the past. Try to embrace knowledge and learning, and remember that you can always become wiser.

6. Remove The Desire For Overnight Success

Some people believe that the majority of successful people became successful overnight, or that they became successful by chance. While luck can certainly play its part, you can’t rely on luck to become successful. In reality success takes time and dedication, so you should plan for the future as well as the day ahead of you.

7. Remove Toxic People

If the people around you are negative and pessimistic, over time you will start to become negative and pessimistic too. Remove the toxic people from your life and replace them with optimistic, supportive people who genuinely care about you and your dreams. You will find that you are more motivated to work on your goals, and you will be happier and less stressed.

8. Remove The Need To Say Yes (When Really You Want To Say No)

Some people struggle to say no to the people around them, even if they want to say no. This normally means that they end up wasting time doing things that they don’t want to do, and other people might start to take advantage of them. Be brave and say no when you want to; only you can make your dreams a priority, and it is difficult to do that if you are too busy helping other people with their dreams.

Source: This article was published on lifehack.org by - Amy Johnson

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Industry experts and influencers provide impactful and action-oriented information all year long via blogs, video and social media. To start the new year off right we asked 17 of them to give us their number one tip as we’re heading into 2017.

Each insight will help you as you plan your digital marketing strategy for the coming year. Step out of your comfort zone and start 2017 off with these awesome insights.

Expert Insights into 2017 from the Pros You Know

1. Look Mom, No Hands!

Voice Search will take a huge leap in the search marketing industry in 2017. Search engines are getting smarter, and consumers are relying on speaking over typing – especially when we need to be hands-free. Major brands such as Google and Amazon have taken advantage of the evolution of voice search, why shouldn’t you? ~ Lance Bachmann

2. Personalize the Customer Experience

2017 is going to be a cutthroat year in business. The key to standing out this year, I think, is to personalize the customer experience as much as possible. This means more marketing automation, more personalized content and a better integration of all your different channels. This will help make more conversions, improve loyalty and increase your sales. ~ Lilach Bullock


3. Avoid Bright, Shiny Objects

The key to success in any endeavor is focus. Stay focused on those top 3–5 priorities critical to reaching your goals. Avoid distractions that could derail your efforts to achieve success. ~ John Carroll

4. 2017 Will Be More Mobile and Local Than Ever!

Mobile, local search and smart technology make up the digital trifecta for 2017. Opportunity is still expanding so join the race! A healthy digital marketing strategy means ensuring accurate online citations, monitoring reputation and interacting with customers. Start with a free visibility report to reveal where a business stands in local search results, then take it from there! ~ Bernadette Coleman

5. Rock Your Wrap-Up & Your Roll-Out

A little planning can go a long way toward a successful year-end wrap up & new year roll-out. Back up your files. Order the supplies you’ll need for the new year (yes, that old chair that makes your back hurt needs to go!). Give yourself the gift of self-care, for it will help you to be able to help others. Wishing everyone a wonderful 2016 wrap-up & a stellar 2017! ~ Laura Darkstar

6. Connection. Collaboration. Conversion.

2017 is the year you can soar to success! You don’t need a mantra, you just need a mission! Focus on creating the right connections, which can turn into collaboration, and you’ll get more conversions.

What’s the secret? Put yourself in the right place at the right time! This means get out of the office (or the easy chair) and get to events to mingle with the movers and shakers in your niche! Don’t be a stalker, be a resource. ~ Patty Farmer


7. Mobile Will Continue to Thrive in Search

When it comes to search, think mobile. For 2017, we will continue to see more searches performed from mobile devices than on desktops or laptops. So, if 2016 was the year of the mobile device, it will be even bigger in 2017. That said, we need to optimize websites for mobile devices first—which means speeding up the load of your web pages, as well as making sure your site is mobile friendly. If you publish content, then make sure that you are set up to deliver your content in AMP. HTTPs, alongside mobile, will also be necessary—which means that if you haven’t secured your website, your search engine rankings could suffer. ~ Bill Hartzer

8. Be Progress

Strategize and commit to a progress based video-centric digital marketing plan and then show patience and persistence. Remember, prospects want progress, not mere change. Make sure each digital impression in your digital footprint offers the promise of progress. ~ Dean Lindsay

9. Learn to Leverage Immersive Video Content in 2017!

Mobile-first immersive 360-degree content is set to explode in 2017! Marketers who embrace live streaming and a focus on short form video content will be able to exploit the shift to 5G wireless which will see record numbers of users consuming video content than ever before. Pay particular attention to brands creating live content at industry events specifically for mobile distribution. ~ Casey Markee

10. Don’t Write for Search Engines: Write for the Answer Engine

Use Google Search Console and the Search Analytics to identify searches that are in the form of a question? “How do I…”, “Why is it…” and “My… is broken”? then create content based on these searches.

With the increase  in mobile usage and the use of voice search, these searches are becoming even more important. Ultimately the goal is to increase leads to new customers finding us over our competition. ~ John Nosal

11. Don’t Stop, Won’t Stop

2017 should be the year we all throw out the old, literally. Old ideas, old strategies, old ads, EVERYTHING! Let’s all put our energy into being more creative and willing to push the envelope like never before. What successes can you find in 2017? Only you can answer that! So my best tip is to go out looking for all new ideas and new strategies you’ve never tried before. BE RELENTLESS in 2017! ~ Roxanne Roark

12. Wanna Succeed in 2017? Open Your Eyes and Ears!

Open your eyes and listen up – to new and different people. Read/follow more people you respect for unique perspectives. Visit marketing and advertising websites you haven’t seen before. Mix new tactics into client proposals to shake things up. This is what I’ll be doing in 2017. What about you? ~ Harley David Rubin

13. Update Your Business in Local Search Listings

Make sure the local search listings have the most up-to-date information on you and your business in 2017. Optimizing submissions to local search listings will quickly build links that search engines can see so others can find your business. For quick and easy ways to do this & other terrific tips, check out “365 Ideas To Go From Good To Great At NETWORKING!”. ~ John Sparks

14. Get Back to the Basics

To compete in 2017 businesses must get their website architecture right first. It’s IT, identity and then marketing. Website technology is improving with component development and new code languages, everything is now on Git and we have absolute version control and collaboration for code and content.

Focus on leveraging hosting solutions that provide control and log file access. Loading a bloated theme on cPanel is simply not enough these days. Does your website load in 1 sec or less? A site that loads fast and renders based on the user requirements, device and browser doesn’t have to worry about Google’s next big change. It is already efficient. These kinds of sites are ready for whatever is thrown at them. ~ Mike Stewart

15. Get Live with Vid 2017!

Customers watch streaming video 300% longer than recorded video, mobile devices and mobile networks have progressed to the point that streaming video from your phone is near professional quality, and social platforms themselves are making major pushes into streaming video with Facebook Live, Periscope, Instagram, YouTube, and more. It seems that whether or not companies want to get involved in streaming video, many more brands will be using it, and customers will be more likely to expect it. It offers an unscripted, behind-the-scenes look at your company, perhaps Q&A with experts, tips from your top users, or product announcements and feedback. Streaming video allows for a two-way conversation that has not existed before. ~ Eric T. Tung

16. Increase Your Value to Your Employer, Your Clients, & Yourself in 2017

No matter your digital marketing job title, you must understand all the moving parts. DFWSEM brings you the TED speakers of digital marketing. The thinkers, doers, and idea generators. Increase your value to your employer, your clients, and most importantly to yourself. Out-of-town conference value, at a stay-at-home-price. I plan to be there. You should too. ~ Scott Vann

17. Year of the Human and Bot Recommendations

This is the year that bots and humans recommending content to friends and family that seek it will start to take over from traditional search and display advertising. Facebook’s ‘Recommendations’ is only the beginning. Focus on Word of Mouth campaigns and anticipate Facebook Recommendations to add a paid unit by end of year. ~ Joe Youngblood

These are important insights and get me excited about 2017! Did you notice a common theme here? I know all of these will help you improve and connect with your audience throughout 2017.

And yes, reading through this need-to-know info once again fires me up to share my own observation! It is…

New Social Media Tech Brings Customers Closer Than Ever

Technology? It never sleeps! The social media giants continue to tweak and improve their offerings (even as we speak). Check out virtual reality, live streaming video – and the ability to offer video through private chat! These game changers will grow social media as a customer service interface. Get on board with these exciting trends to bring benefits to users and business in 2017!

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Author: Lissa Duty
Source: http://rocksdigital.com/new-year-insights-pros

Categorized in Future Trends

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