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What’s a better way to kick-start the year with a piece that touches on success?
What does it mean to be successful? What does success means to you?
We already know success don’t happen miraculously. You need to work for it. You might think there’s something lacking between you and successful people, but the truth is these people implement routines and little habits that you can start doing, from being just as effective and successful in the long run!
1) Don’t Fear but Embrace Failure
One of the many things in life we fail to grasp is that we’ll encounter failure. The thing about failure is people see it as a terrible thing. But that’s not true.
Successful people understand that failure is compulsory for them to progress forward and open doors to new opportunities. Even though our society is still learning to accept failure in grades, work, business and relationships, failure is indeed necessary.
The willingness to fail is the ability to accept that even if 10 of your ventures don’t bear fruit, as long as you keep trying and hit that one big break which will propel you forward ― be it a job promotion or a successful business venture.
Stop obsessing about the outcomes of potential failure (they’re only hypothetical), but instead start accumulating the skills and resources you need, focus on what you have gained instead of lost, and keep trying. Many valuable experiences are intangible and unquantifiable as part of the learning experience, and failure is one of them.
The worst thing you can do is to be afraid to pick yourself up and try because you’re afraid to fail.
2) Where’s Your Notebook?
Founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson is known for carrying a notebook everywhere he goes and taking notes to keep track of his goals, stay organised and jot down ideas.
How many times have we tried to convince our minds we can remember something, only to forget about it? If you think you can remember that idea you had a few days ago, good for you! If not, get that notebook in hand.
Why can’t I just use my smartphone at this digital age? Pen Heaven’s Handwriting Matters campaign aims to highlight the importance of putting pen to paper and writing by hand. And it seems that writing in a notebook is an important strategy in achieving success.
Free the clutter of your mind and inspire yourself whenever a thought or idea comes into your mind. Write everything down. Look at it. Create. That’s what successful people do. It could be your next breakthrough.
3) Have A Long-Term, Abstract Goal
Do not underestimate the power of long-term plans. People often go about their daily lives unaware of what the future really holds.
We’re not referring to concrete future goals, such as getting a bonus or promotion. Those are basic goals defined by what’s expected of your job. Instead, think about something more abstract that has an element of giving back to society.
Do you like making people happy? Or perhaps you value knowledge. Think about what you’re deeply passionate about – something you feel very strongly for – and contemplate a long-term goal based on that. If you believe strongly in serving others, perhaps one day you might like to run a social enterprise. If you believe strongly in knowledge, perhaps one day you’ll run a school.
Such abstract, long-term goals that involve some degree of giving back to society have been found to create the most happiness in people who’re in the process of reaching those goals. The good news is that you don’t even need to accomplish those goals to be happy; just being on the path towards them is sufficient while pushing yourself forward.
Such long-term goals can make your current work more meaningful too. When we use our current job as our motivation to reach our long-term goals, such as building capital or a stepping stone, we’re more driven.
4) Make Time for People Who Genuinely Care About You
You’re the average of the five people you surround yourself with. Take a look at your closest friends; are they pushing you forward or dragging you behind?
If it’s the latter, it’s time to start making some positive changes in your life. Successful people know this, and that’s why they keep company with mentors and other successful friends.
You need to surround yourself with people who actually care about your well-being. They’re the ones who can help you exceed your boundaries and want you to succeed. Associating with people who’re driven and passionate can influence you to be the same in your life.
Also, people are usually willing to give good advice when asked. People instinctively feel good when they get to help others. One good way to start is to seek mentors; before long, you’ll be friends with other like-minded individuals.
5) Keep An Open Mind About Other People
How much do you know about the cleaner who takes out your trash everyday, the café waitress who serves you your coffee, or the shy colleague just across the table from the other department?
Pretending not to care or ignoring someone’s presence may seem like the common thing to do, but when you adopt a carefree and open mind, with no intent of judgement, but only a genuine interest in others; you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn from other people and their stories, which may have unforeseen benefits to how you can apply it to your own life.
The world doesn’t revolve around one person. We all need to learn from one another. That’s how relationships are formed. Let your guard down and talk to people; no matter how ‘irrelevant’ you think they’re in your life. In our busy lives, we’re often afraid of wasting time which causes us to get caught up with our own narrow perspectives, where we may have missed on learning something heartwarming and inspirational.
6) Be Nice and Mean It
Being nice to people doesn’t costs a single cent and should be done more often.
Saying your ‘thank you’ when someone does something nice is common courtesy, but how many of us look at the other party in the eye when we say it? Reading body language comes naturally to us, and when a person says or does something mean, no matter how subtle, we sure feel it in our bones.
For us to be able to make someone’s day a little brighter, first, we need to feel good about ourselves. We cannot help others if we’re unhappy or filled with negative emotions. When we’re positive and hopeful, we beget happy thoughts and reduces stress and ‘internal self talk-down’.
Many psychologists have pointed out that optimism has a core role to play in the prevention of stress and depression and provides you with an enhanced ability to build skills and develop resources for future use. So why not start thinking positively?
7) Why Compare?
As humans, we want the best, to be the best and have it all. Do you feel the presence of the green-eyed monster when a friend or someone else is doing better than you? This happens because you’ve compared your life to theirs. But why?
Comparing yourself to another causes you to feel disgruntled and less motivated. Even a potentially positive day might darken because of a jealous thought.
Yet, it’s challenging to break free from such thoughts with today’s social media presence making it difficult for us not to make quick comparisons.
This is where a strong mental state is essential to stay mindful and focus on one’s own journey. Only you can walk in your path, in your own shoes. So make the best of it. Even if someone else appears to have it better or easier than you, don’t let it get to you. Nothing is forever.
If you’ve figured out your long-term, abstract goal, avoiding comparisons becomes easy. Everyone has their own journey to make, and remember that no two journeys are the same.
You can make your life what you want it to be when you put in 100%.
8) Do Things You’re Passionate About Outside of Work
There’s always a time to pick up the slack as well as a time to sow your seeds. Start doing and participating in activities that heal, grow, inspire, motivate and bring out the best in you.
Read a book, paint a picture, sign up for a new dance class, take up a new hobby, and do something out of your comfort zone. Whatever it is, you want to continue challenging yourself mentally and physically. Exercising is something so many people do on a daily basis, that it has become a routine that’s fixed into their life. Make it a point to exercise.
After all, we’ve heard the benefits of exercising countless times, and is guaranteed to improve your physical health, and an immediate and positive impact on your mental health and your productivity.
9) Read, Read, and Read
With the ability to search and consume information at anytime of the day, we take for granted information that’s put out there. This may not happen to all of us, but we begin to read lesser and only consume information in snippets. With the need for constant, mindless stimulation from our mobile devices, people have shorter and shorter attention spans.
Instead, a good exercise for the mind is to read widely, and read wisely from physical books. Books don’t run out of batteries, have zero distractions and keeps you focus on one thing. Reading trains the mind to focus, expand thought processes, think critically, and imagine.
Good non-fiction books bestow readers with factual knowledge, while good novels bestow readers with moral knowledge. Everyone has a responsibility to be knowledgeable, and there’s no excuse not to read.
10) Start Taking Risks
Risk-taking is necessary to open up a world of unknown possibilities you have yet to discover or consider before.
If you ask us on the one noticeable difference that differentiates successful people and others, is risk-taking.
We need to learn from these risks to learn what works and what doesn’t and what’s the next best step forward.
Risk-taking is viewed negatively and dangerously and sometimes, even unnecessary. Sure, some risks certainly don’t pay off, but it’s important to remember that some do.
Until you’re willing to put yourself out there and take a risk, you’ll forever be stuck in the same place, with the same results and never be able to achieve professional success.
11) When Was the Last Time You Procrastinated?
Was it a week ago? Yesterday? Just now?
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.”
Successful people do not take chances. They believe action is the only thing that works and they always tackle the toughest task first.
The easiest and fastest way to stop being successful is to come up with countless excuses as to why you can’t do it. Whether its the, “It’s too late, I should have started earlier.” or “I don’t have enough money.” speeches, these are just excuses you tell yourself because you don’t want it badly enough.
We can convince ourselves of almost anything; the same way we can convince ourselves that we’re capable of achieving it. We can only succeed when we stop telling ourselves why we can’t, and start taking action into living a life that shows we can.
12) Stick to a Routine that Works for You
What helps you unleash your potential and stay focused day-to-day is what should be instilled in your routine. Successful people practice consistent routine. Whether their routine is a morning workout, a lighthearted breakfast, meditation, reading or saying a prayer.
If you’ve tried to start a routine that didn’t work for you in the past, work towards something else that you know you can do, to avoid being disheartened again. Having a routine helps you to keep track of your mind and goals, and not get lost in the messiness of what you’re supposed to do next. It helps you to reorganise your priorities and keeps you mindful of your surroundings.
With a consistent routine, you’re better driven to achieve success.
13) Totally Shut Off for a While
Sometimes, when we get overwhelmed by the pressure and stress, we might not be in an effective state of mind to execute tasks. Who, or what do we turn to? For majority, it’s our smart gadgets. We’re obsessed with our phones, till the extent that we’re constantly touching and ‘living’ in it.
In the state of stress, we rely on our smartphones more than ever. Why? Because it’s what in our presence. It has what we think we need to feel better and become less stress. However, it does the opposite. Without real talk and connection with another human being, we can only go downhill. Even a smartphone has its limits.
But having a human connection with another person is priceless. So the next time you find yourself overwhelmed or burned out, turn away from your smart gadgets. Look for someone who you can rely on, talk to, is genuine in wanting to help you, and you know you can trust this person in your life. If you do not have someone like that, start a journal and write down your thoughts and worries.
You can even meditate or take a walk and stop thinking for a while. Taking a breather during a difficult day at work can help ease cognitive tensions and blockages and walking around helps promote blood circulation. This undeniably kills two birds with one stone.
14) Take Care of Your Body
Successful people prioritise their health. They value their bodies and make positive and healthy changes everyday that help them feel good physically, mentally and emotionally. Healthy habits are a constant struggle for many and often require changing your mindset. But if you’re willing to make sacrifices to better your health, the impact can be massive and rewarding.
Truly successful people know that to be productive and focus, they need to fuel their body with the right food and healthy habits. Taking the time to learn and find out what your body needs is vital to sustain long-term health.
Doing right by your body pays off for your mind as well. You’ll feel better about your physical outlook, have confidence and gain a low risk of gaining diseases.
Besides taking care of your body, making social connections that you’re passionate in, leads to stronger mental health. Whether it’s volunteering at an elderly home, joining a club activity or trying out that high adrenaline sport you’ve been wanting to, can help improve mood and mental functioning by keeping the mind active and serotonin levels balanced.
If you follow these steps meticulously, you’re more likely to be highly effective. Productivity has a momentum to it; by kickstarting some of those pressing projects you’ve been sitting on, you’re more likely to want to complete them since you’re already halfway there. Make sure you’re organised, pull yourself up by the bootstraps, and get things done. Once you’re in the groove of things, do not neglect your body – make sure you get enough rest so that you can stay focused.
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