We all want to be successful. Whether it’s to be more fit, to be stronger, overcome anxiety, have better relationships, close more sales, or live longer. Some of us have trailed and failed, and after enough failures success starts to seem elusive, perhaps even unattainable, especially if apparent failures occur through circumstances outside of our control. Nevertheless, success is a process, much like a race that must be finished to be won, and successful people often have some habits that contribute to their ability to run their own ‘race’ well. Here are 11 habits that, while by no means all-encompassing, might prove helpful to you n your own success journey.
1. Identify your core values. Change them if necessary.
What’s really important to you? This may at first seem like it has no bearing how how successful you are, but the truth is that who you are determines what you will do and how well you will do it. Goals that are in sync with your core values are vital to developing intrinsic motivation. Take some time to reflect on what you value most, and write these values down. Reflect on them, and consider whether you are honoring those values through how you go about your business and life.
2. Establish a goal: FOCUS.
Pick one goal at first, something big enough to give you a good sense of accomplishment and in union with your corse values. The key is focus. The more focus you are on your goal, the higher chance you have for success. Multitasking can spread you too thin to go very far.
3. Give yourself a Success Deadline
Set a date by which you’d like to achieve that goal. Be reasonable, but don’t give yourself enough time to be lazy. A time limit gives you a clearly defined target to aim for.
4. Develop the right mindset.
You must believe in your ability to achieve your objective. Imagine yourself having accomplished it in your chosen time frame. Don’t worry about failures that may happen on the way. As some people say, failures are the early drafts of success. Enough people may already think you will fail. Don’t join their party! Also, don’t be afraid of success. If you can get to it, you can get through it.
5. Create consequences for missing the deadline.
Give yourself some kind of negative consequence for missing your target. Some people have a great capacity for intrinsic motivation. Most of us don’t so this will help you to keep your eye on the prize.
6. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Simplify your goals by the week and day, setting up a plan to reach your objective. Keep your number of tasks per day relatively low, but make sure they contribute in some way to the overall goal. If you finish early, pick the next thing from your weekly list. Get the hardest things done when your energy is high. As Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
7. Prioritize our tasks.
Don’t always do the most urgent task first, do the most important. Sometimes these are one and the same. By take care the the most important task first, you are making identifiable progress toward your objectives.
8. Take calculated risks.
Push yourself beyond your comfort zone. The best way to make quick progress is to take a chance. Just like a baby isn’t going to walk without first trying to stand, you’re going to have to try new ideas, new approaches. Take note of when you hold back because of fear, and exert some courage and take the next step.
Failures are going to happen. We are all human, and we’re all susceptible to making mistakes. The very desire to succeed means you are risking failure. This is where many get stuck: they give up after a few failures, convinced that they just can’t do it, whatever ‘it’ is. Remember rule #4, and visualize the completion of your objective. Know that your dream will happen. Treat failure like lessons, use it as motivation to do better on your next attempt. Proceed as if success is inevitable if you just keep going.
10. Review your efforts.
Take some time to relfect on your values, goals, progress and failures. Note where you have succeeded and where you could do better. This is where you plot your major course corrections.
11. Never stop learning.
Study success. Study those who have succeeded in your field, and how they did it. Search for and accumulate working knowledge relevant to your goal, and work harder on yourself than on your goal. Always be mindful that others always have something to teach you.