1. They do the work in spite of disapproval or ridicule.
Pleasing the crowd is something remarkably productive people don’t worry about. They hear the criticism, they take the potshots, they endure the laughter or derision or even hostility – and they keep on measuring themselves and their efforts by their own standards. And, in the process, they achieve what they want to achieve.
2. They see fear the same way other people view lunch.
Anyone hoping to achieve great things gets nervous. Anyone trying to achieve great things gets scared. Productive people aren’t braver than others; they just find the strength to keep moving forward. They realize fear is paralyzing while action creates confidence and self-assurance.
3. They can still do their best on their worst day.
Remarkably successful people don’t make excuses. They forge ahead, because they know establishing great habits takes considerable time and effort. They know how easy it is to instantly create a bad habit by giving in – even just this one time.
4. They see creativity as the result of effort, not inspiration.
Occasionally, great ideas do just come to people. Mostly, though, creativity is the result of effort: toiling, striving, refining, testing, experimenting … The work itself results in inspiration. Remarkably productive people don’t wait for ideas. They don’t wait for inspiration. They know that big ideas most often come from people who do, not people who dream.
5. They see help as essential, not weakness.
Productive people soldier on and hope effort will overcome a lack of knowledge or skill. And it does, but only to a point. Remarkably productive people also ask for help. They know asking for help is a sign of strength – and the key to achieving more.
6. They start …
Highly productive people try not to think about the pain they’ll feel in the beginning; they focus on how good they will feel once they’re engaged and involved. And they get started. And then they don’t stop.
7. … And they finish.
Unless there’s a really, really good reason not to finish – which, of course, there almost never is.
– Source: Business Insider