1. Do what you’ve never done before. You are used to familiar things: driving to your job along the same route, using tried and tested methods for solving tasks and so on. Then change your approach immediately. For example: imagine a journalist who never makes fun in his articles. The fact is that people process humorous texts much more emotionally. It's a simple conclusion to draw: a journalist must learn how to write with a good sense of humour. Don’t believe naysayers who are telling it’s impossible to learn how to. It’s possible – if you really want it and you spend enough time on developing this skill. Most genius musicians only created their most famous compositions after ten years of learning music theory and practicing. Large, genius corporations also were not created over night. In conclusion, start joking till it’s not too late. Ten year later you’ll become a master of humour.
2. Don’t be afraid of either negative emotions or crises. Do you think that by ignoring bad news, criticism and self-doubt you raise your level of enthusiasm and become more effective? You are wrong. That’s right, positive emotions help to make you work more productively, but you can’t take it to the next level without facing crises and overcoming them. You will stay mediocre. The desire to stay in a comfort zone is absolutely okay. But not for those who want to jump over their heads.
3. Be a stubborn and ambitious person. Don’t be ashamed of it. Only people such as this can succeed.
4. Focus on your goal whatever conditions you are in. Go hard for it. Life will definitely offer you some easy ways, which are more comfortable for you to follow at this moment. Find enough will to ignore the easy way. They don’t really exist, if you’re going for your goal.
5. Be thoughtful about what you are doing. When doing the same familiar job daily, there is the chance you'll start following similar patterns without making any creative decisions. It means falling into your comfort zone, which is obviously the best way to forget about jumping over one’s head. Mediocre people do everything in the most comfortable ways. Outstanding ones approach a task thoughtfully and exactingly.
6. Work hard. You can’t be born as an outstanding person, but you can become one. How? There is only one way – through work hard.
7. Never be satisfied with yourself. If you are completely satisfied with the results of your own work, then there is definitely something wrong with you. Really, if a person doesn’t think that their work could be done better, then this person is not able to self-develop. Only after you’ve done all you could, you can say: this project is finished.
8. Love what you do. You may be unsatisfied with some results, but you can’t hate what you’re doing. There is no motivation to do something, if you are not devoted to it.
9. Don’t do your job just to be complimented. Image the perfect result from your work and go for it. For example, a typical situation: you have just finished a project you were working on for the last two months. You were smoking bad like Sherlock Holmes. By the end of the second month, your body was 80% coffee, not water. And here’s the x-hour: you are waiting for your managers opinion: you want to be complimented so badly. It’s a natural human’s wish. But if you only started working because you wanted someone to compliment you, then there will be definitely something to criticise. With such an approach, a person can’t think for oneself, and a lot of potential ways to complete your task are blocked. The perfect result – this is what you must constantly think about and striving for.
10. Learn how to adequately asses the fruits of your labour by yourself. As a matter of fact, it’s very difficult to do. You must get to another level of understanding the problem. The easiest way to explain this is to give an example of a writer. Imagine: you are a writer, and you have just finished a novel. What’s your main feeling right now? You are most likely to stay in a state of euphoria thinking that you wrote something genius. Stop. Absolutely all writers, knowing about this kind of euphoria, put their works away for some time to get back later and take a sober look at the results. Emotions pass away, and then comes the realisation of what is good and what needs to be edited. Such writers are already on the other stage – they assess their work from the readers point of view, not as an author. Asses your work only after getting to this higher level.
Just do it!
You may think that there a lot of things that could stop you from jumping over your head, and one of main things is that people are people, they just can’t change, become someone else. It’s wrong. Consider the following: all human cells regenerate every 7 years. You are a completely different human after every 7 year period passes. Why do you keep thinking like you did before? It's because you set limits on yourself, and you think that it’s impossible to break them.
As a matter of fact, there are no limits. We limit our abilities by ourselves by setting our place in this world, limit of income, level of comfort and believing that a person with an IQ of 120 can’t achieve the same as a person with IQ of 150. Science proves this wrong. The truth is that 30 “extra” points, which theoretically make a great difference between 120 and 150, don’t have any impact on the quality of someone’s work. It means that a super clever person will perform in just the same way to a simply clever person. So, what’s the primary thing in this difficult lifelong race of jumping over one’s head?
In 1921 Lewis Terman, a psychologist at the Stanford University, initiated a long-term study of gifted children who were born between 1900 and 1925. 1500 children, chosen for their high IQ level, were studied. Terman’s study was one of the longest in history – for 90 years scientists collected data on the development of a person by studying the participants’ lives, their behaviours in family life, successes at university, their abilities and so on. Scientists drew the following conclusions: the main factors determining a person’s success are stubbornness and ambitiousness. Researchers expected people with an IQ higher than 135 to have a greate degree of success. Yes, they became good lawyers, directors, conscientious professionals, but none of them achieved stunning results. On the contrary, people with lower IQ, but possessing the above mentioned qualities and knowing whom they wanted to become from an early age, managed to achieve pretty much the same great results.
Jumping over one’s head is nothing but breaking a pattern . Be persistent in your wish to break the mould, think more broadly than you are allowed by the limits you created for yourself. You already know that these limits don’t exist.