How do we define success? There are many different tactics for how to be successful in life,
but the strategy that works best for you may depend on your view of success itself.
We often think of it as doing well at work or earning a high salary.
While professional accomplishments can be one piece of the puzzle,
it leaves out many other important areas of life. Family, romantic relationships, academics,
and athletics are just a few areas where people may strive for success.
Your individual definition of what success is may vary,
but many might define it as being fulfilled, happy, safe, healthy, and loved.
It is the ability to reach your goals in life, whatever those goals may be.
So what can you do to boost your chances of achieving these things?
What are some of the habits of successful people?
There is no single right way to be successful.
What works for you might not work for someone else.
There may not be a perfect combination of ingredients
that can guarantee success, but there are some basic steps
you can follow that can improve your chances of being successful in life,
love, work, or whatever happens to be important to you.
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1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.
Just how committed are you to your goal? How important
is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in
order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.
2. Seek knowledge, not results.
If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring
and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you
focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it
will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on
the journey, not the destination.
Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.
3. Make the journey fun.
It is an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there is a big chance it will start carrying a
heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.
4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.
Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work.
You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of
which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck
(fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward
(excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone).
5. Use your imagination.
Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination.
When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when
you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic.
So rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess
which feelings those words will evoke? It is a matter of imagination!
You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in
the world at the most boring job.
I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days,
think and say positive things only. See what happens.
6. Stop being nice to yourself.
Motivation means action and action brings results.
Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want.
So you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation.
You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity,
while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there,
challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.
7. Get rid of distractions.
Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way,
especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of
focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important.
Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.
8. Don’t rely on others.
You should never expect others to do it for you,
not even your partner, friend or boss.
They are all busy with their own nee
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