We want to be successful.
We want to live meaningful and fulfilling lives and have the material and financial means to do so. It’s part of our human nature to want to be successful. But what exactly does this mean? How do you know if you’re successful, on your way to success, or failing? How do you know when you’ve become successful and can start to relax and enjoy what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish?
To answer all of these questions, you have to define what being successful means to you. There is no right or wrong answer. It is different for every one of us. For some, it means getting a coveted position at work. Someone else may define success as being able to build their dream house. Another person may define success as being able to travel the world. Another person will measure it in dollars in the savings account or total net worth.
Success will also mean something different in different areas of your life. Think of success in terms of work,...
Some people seem to get all the lucky breaks, don’t they? While there are probably times and circumstances where luck seems to come into play, nine times out of ten, success isn’t a result of being lucky. It’s just that we don’t see all the hard work and focus that’s gone into it. We aren’t aware of the long hours that someone put into that side business or the additional project that resulted in the promotion. We don’t see others working through the night and giving up fun weekend excursions to make progress on the tasks they've set themselves.
We also don’t see all the failures and setbacks that happen along the way. We don’t like to talk about those, and neither do successful people. As a result, we assume that it was smooth sailing for the person who’s successful. Usually, the opposite is true. We learn best from our mistakes and often make the most progress after a major failure or setback.
When you face a setback or...
Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty person? Some of us tend to lean towards optimism, while others find the negative in just about anything. That’s why positivity is SO important. Here, the goal is all about keeping a good attitude.
Why Is It Important
Think back to the last time you were excited about working on something. You were motivated to get started and powered through to the end. Not only did you enjoy the process but you also stuck with the project and got it done in record time. That’s the kind of attitude that sets you up for success and also the reason why it’s important to focus on positivity in everything you do.
How To Get Started
One of the best ways to start focusing on positivity is through gratitude. Start your day by writing down two or three things you’re grateful for, and that sets the tone for the entire day.
Use a small journal and think about three new things to be grateful for each morning before you...
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You can’t do it all, and you can’t have it all. We are all limited to 24 hours per day and our energy to accomplish things during that time is limited as well. It’s also why it’s important to get good at prioritization when it comes to success. This idea of choosing what to do when and what to focus on “right now” comes into play in a few different ways.
Prioritization When Setting Goals
The first place when we use prioritization is when we define our unique version of success and start setting goals. While we may have ideas and ambitions, not all of them are feasible. Maybe you’d like to be an astronaut, but there simply isn’t a big market for that occupation. Instead, you prioritize something that’s exciting and attainable. Maybe it’s teaching high-school science, or maybe it’s running an online store for astronomy equipment and supplies.
Let’s talk about attitude and what it has to do with your overall chances of being successful. Having a positive outlook can be a huge help for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a closer look at how positivity can help you reach your goals and work for permanent change.
Having the right attitude helps you stay motivated. Being successful takes work, and that’s just more fun when you’re enjoying what you’re doing. While not every task, and everything that needs to be taken care of, will be your favorite task, having a positive attitude about it will help.
Start by becoming more aware of your moods and outlooks as you go about your day. Make an effort to be grateful and find the good side of things. Over time your positivity will increase, and it will help you stay on track and stay motivated.
Having a good attitude helps you overcome hurdles. It’s easy to get discouraged when things don’t go your way or fall through. We all face setbacks. We...
There’s this idea floating around that the five people you spend the most time with will determine how successful you are. I did a little digging and traced it down to a quote by Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. His exact quote was “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”
While I don’t think that the influence and math are quite that simple, there is something to this whole idea that the people you spend time with influence your level of success. The important conclusion to draw from this is that it’s important to pay attention to who you spend time with and surround yourself with successful people as much as possible.
You know the inverse is true. When a kid falls in with the “wrong” or “bad” crowd at school, grades drop, and behavior changes for the worse. The opposite is true too. If your child has friends who are working hard and doing well in school, he or she will...
It’s time to tackle an essential but less popular success skill – discipline. Deep down you know that this is an important success skill, but you may also resent working on it. I hope I can change your mind. Discipline is about persistence and seeing things through to the end.
Why Is It Important
It’s easy to get distracted, isn’t it? There are new ideas, diversions, and all sorts of important and unimportant tasks vying for our attention at any given moment. And that doesn’t even include social media. We’re on constant information overload and have to be able to prioritize and focus before we can get anything done. That’s where discipline comes in. It’s nothing more than setting a goal and then persistently working on it until you complete the task.
Without discipline, it’s all too easy to get distracted and find yourself staying busy and “working” all day without any results to show at quitting time. I...
It’s easy to let your day get away from you. Before you know it, it’s quitting time, and you’ve spent all eight hours doing busywork without making any progress. Good time management is all about prioritizing what’s important.
Why Is It Important
It’s easy to stay busy and feel productive. Getting things accomplished and making progress is a different story. That’s why good time management skills are important. You need to know where to spend your time most effectively TODAY to make the most progress. Master this, and you’ll do well at school, work, or in running your own business.
How To Get Started
The best place to start is to pay attention to where you’re spending your time. Keep a journal and start jotting down what you’re doing at any given time during your workday. At the end of the day review what you’ve done and evaluate what was productive and what wasn’t.
It also helps to have a list of...
One of the secrets to success is to set big goals. We have to stretch ourselves and move past our comfort zone to truly become successful. Working towards lofty goals can help us do just that. Of course, that’s easier said than done. The good news is that if you can work on improving two personal traits or skills, it will become much easier. Those skills are focus and discipline. They work hand in hand to help you reach those goals, no matter how far out of reach they seem.
What Is Focus
Being able to focus on is the ability to concentrate on one particular task at a time. It keeps you from getting distracted and helps you make progress on what’s most important. Focus gives you clarity and purpose.
To get better at focusing on the important task at hand, write them down. Limit yourself to three things that you should be working on and accomplish today.
What Is Discipline
Discipline is just as important when it comes to avoiding distractions. It’s the...
I’m tired of hearing about overnight successes, aren’t you? Sure, it makes for a great headline when an unknown band has a hit song, an author hits the bestseller list, or a guy at the office moves up into management in record time. It makes for an interesting story. In an ideal world, we all want to reach our goals and become smashing successes overnight without all the hard work, tears, and sweat. But there’s a problem with that narrative.
Nine times out of ten, that overnight success was decades in the making. We just don’t often hear about it because it’s not the exciting part of the story. The authors who hit it big with their first published book have spent years crafting their skills. They’ve had dozens of manuscripts and drafts rejected before hitting it big with their overnight success. The same goes for your favorite band, actor, director, and even the guy doing what you’re doing, who seems to climb the ladder of success much...