Do you ever wonder what successful people do and how they reach their goals? Would it be possible to figure out what successful people do differently? And would it be possible to apply those things to our own lives?
Well, let’s find out.
” Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever. ” ~ Lance Armstrong
What do successful people do?
People who have become very successful have some distinctive traits. The good thing is that those traits can be learned and can be applied to our own lives.
1. Be accountable for your own mistakes
People that achieve their goals don’t hold other people accountable for failure or success. They don’t blame failure on other people or on factors that are out of their control.
Holding yourself accountable for the things that happen in your life will make you reflect on what you should have done differently. Admitting that you where wrong, assessing the problem, fixing the problem and giving it another go is a very powerful quality.
Think about your goals, what do you want to accomplish? Maybe you want to start your own business, learn a new language, or become fitter and healthier.
Whatever your goal is, consistency will always come into play. When you have determined the actions you need to take to reach your goal, you will need to consistently act in order to succeed.
Many people don’t realize this but the difficult part of staying consistent is a lack of motivation often due to uncertainty.
Let’s say you want to become a bodybuilder. If someone could guarantee that you will achieve a physique like Arnold Schwarzenegger if you consistently go to the gym 5 times a week, follow his schedule, eat a certain diet, and this for a consecutive 5 years, it would be much easier to achieve your goal and to stay consistent with your training. However, someone who has been training consistently for 6 months and doesn’t see many results might start to get demotivated and will maybe eventually quit because he starts doubting whether or not he can reach such a physique.
3. Be a life-long learner
Bill Gates is known for reading as many as 50 books a year and he isn’t the only one to do so. Life long learning plays an important part in becoming and staying successful.
In a rapidly changing world, we constantly need to adapt. Learning new things makes us look at the world from another perspective. Acquiring new skills provides you with the right tools to go further in life and step up your goals.
” Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. ” ~ Henry Ford
4. Make your goal a priority
Before success is achieved, a lot of hard work is put in. Prioritize your goals and adjust your life to it. Eliminate distractions and things that avoid you reaching your goals.
Make a plan, how will you get to the result you want? Write down what your goals are and what steps you are going to take to get there.
So prioritizing your goal is important, however, it’s also important to keep your life balanced. This will be important to stay motivated and healthy in the long run.
5. Surround yourself with positive people
We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. What Jim Rohn meant with this quote is that we are greatly influenced by the people around us. Therefore it’s a good practice to surround yourself with motivated and positive people.
In your journey for success, you will need people who support you and motivate you to stick to your goals. Surround yourself with people that have traits that you would like to have and with people you look up to.
” If you feel like you are the dumbest person in the room, you’re in the right room. “
This quote may sound harsh, but there’s a lot of truth in it if you think about it. If you surround yourself with negative people or people who are less capable than you are, you are less likely to feel the need to improve.
As you are working hard to reach your goal it can sometimes be hard to stay patient. You get excited to see results and might start to doubt yourself when results don’t come immediately.
Don’t let impatience and uncertainty get you down. Remain patient and remember that all good things take time.
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ~ John Quincy Adams
7. Don’t waste time
Have you ever heard about the Pareto Principle? The Pareto Principle, often referred to as the 80/20 rule states that 80% of results come from 20% of actions. Therefore to accelerate your project and to leverage your time, it’s a good practice to focus on the things that will help your project the most.
Take a benefit/effort approach. Look at the things that need to be done and start by doing the things that provide the most benefits while demanding the least effort.
Reflect on the things you are doing. Are those things going to help your project or are you wasting time?
Other ways to improve your productivity can be found here.
8. Don’t give up
Reaching your goal takes time and will bring many obstacles. There will be times when you doubt yourself or when you just don’t see how you will be able to succeed.
When that happens, come back to this list and remember that there is no easy way to success. Work hard, stay consistent, be passionate about what you do and don’t give up.
” There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
If some of these tips have helped you, I would recommend you to pick up this book:
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ~ Stephen R. Covey: This book is all about changing your habits in order to become more effective and to be able to achieve more.