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How to Avoid Taking Shortcuts in Life And Go With Good Timing

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One thing is for sure: taking shortcuts can always be avoided, irrespective of what most people think. In this article, you’ll have the tips to help you.

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I understand the urge of wanting to get there pretty fast. But you see, life doesn’t work as a computer keyboard. You have to experience things in life to get there.

Sure, taking shortcuts, in general, can be cool, but when it comes to taking shortcuts in life, you will need to weigh its effects.

Considering the effects of taking shortcuts in life and looking for ways to avoid it is one of the best decisions any wise and smart person would make.

In other words, it means he or she already knows the dangers that come with it but just looking for ways on how to avoid it.

And to be honest, everyone is sometimes tempted to take shortcuts in life. That means if you slack on it, you will fall for it. Just like that.

This goes to tell you why it’s very important to make sure you do all that is needed to ensure you’re able to avoid falling for this kind of life experience.

The hard way may be the way you hate to choose, but it’s the only way that will always make your efforts worthwhile, and make you a champion for life.

How to avoid taking shortcuts in life and go with good timing

Below are tips on how to avoid taking shortcuts in life.

1. Avoid mediocrity

No matter the stage you’re in life, striving to be extraordinary and exceptional should be among your top priorities. Act like you want to be great, then you will achieve it.

It’s safe to say that if you don’t avoid mediocrity like the plague, you will most likely keep being mediocre.

However, if lots of years are gone and you’re still mediocre, while your friends and others are becoming great, then the chances of you taking shortcuts will be high if you can’t control being envious.

The reason is that in order to stand the chance of competing with them, you end up skipping all the processes they took to get there. You take shortcuts. You start cutting corners.

But if you start as early as possible to chase your dreams, go through all the processes, and avoid mediocrity, then you will have no reason to take shortcuts.

2. Distance yourself

Humans have the tendencies of being influenced by people and certain things, either negatively or positively.

Sometimes how you act also depends on what/who you attached yourself with.

But if you have made up your mind to avoid taking shortcuts, you should be able to identify those negative vibes that are likely to influence you.

In that case, after you have made up your mind to avoid taking shortcuts, and you have identified those things and people that are likely to influence you, the next thing, of course, is distancing yourself.

Slow and steady, then off you go. You will have no one to answer to, rather you will leave them wondering about you, which is not bad either.

But If you don’t distance yourself, however, you could be influenced in no time without you even realizing it.

3. Wait for the right time

This is where patience is very vital in being able to avoid taking shortcuts.

In other words, what it means is that if you don’t have the patience to go through the process of getting to where you want, then you will most likely end up taking shortcuts.

You should also know that great things take time, so all need to do is to be patient and stay strong, while you give time for the process to complete.

But waiting for the right time actually means you’re doing the right things as well. Waiting for the right time without making efforts on your part won’t do the trick.

Also, remember that everyone grows at a different pace, and your chapter is not the same as another person’s chapter.

4. Don’t follow the crowd

You have to learn how to stand alone. Its benefits are a lot more than just helping you to avoid taking shortcuts in life.

Don’t confuse the truth with the opinion of the majority. Because most people say it’s right doesn’t mean it’s right. Because they say it doesn’t matter doesn’t mean they’re right.

Nevertheless, most people still choose to go with the crowd because they’re simply scared of standing alone and holding on to what they believe.

Your thoughts should be strong enough to accept and play along with what actually the truth is, not what others are saying.

You can start by building your mental strength. It will help you in dealing with the fear of standing alone.

5. Avoid procrastination

Without beating around the bush and just hitting the nail on the head – if you delay and end up running out of time – if you aren’t patient enough, you will most likely end up taking shortcuts.

Whenever you’re in a good position to do something, do it when it is still early.

You see, “I don’t have time” is one of those lies we tell ourselves.

And you already know how dangerous lies can be. When it comes to taking shortcuts, it eventually turns out that you do so mostly because you want to cover up for all the time you wasted.

You end up skipping all the processes and looking for ways to land on that spot which you refused to work for, long ago.

Unfortunately, the hurry could put you in an awful situation.

6. Avoid malice and forgive

One of the best ways to keep your heart light is to avoid holding grudges. But if you don’t get rid of it, you may end up doing certain things you never intended to do.

For example, when you see the person you have grudges on doing better than you, there’s a possibility that you may fall into the trap revenge and end up taking shortcuts.

Whether taking the shortcuts happened as a result of the grudge you had with the person that brought about competition, the person will not be blamed for your actions.

The person, however, might have forgiven himself or herself for doing you wrong and has moved on.

He or she is now has nothing in mind against you, but then you may get the whole thing wrong and end up thinking otherwise.

In that case, forgiving the person and avoiding grudges is the best way to be on a safer side.

Wrap up

Taking shortcuts in life is what anyone is likely to do when he or she is not guarded. It’s also something that anyone who runs away from processes could fall for.

Sure, taking shortcuts feels good, but unless you’re aware of the dangers that come with it, you may not think twice before doing it.

Its dangers are the downside of attempting it in the first place. They are going to render every effort nothing later on when you don’t have the strategy to avoid it.

But if you’re aware of its dangers and you follow due process to avoid it, then you should be just fine.

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