Success means different things to different people. Which means success can come in many different forms. But, there are a few habits that the majority of successful people have in common, regardless of the career they are involved in or the role they play in their organization. And these habits are things that anyone can achieve.
Successful people know that continuing to learn is essential to their success. The world is ever-changing, and technology is ever-changing. Because of this, there is always something new to learn. This learning could be in the form of reading books or articles, listening to podcasts, taking classes or attending seminars. There are many options. And the beauty is, what you learn can vary as well. Consider reading a book on leadership, taking an art class or listening to a podcast on a new technology or trend. As long as you are learning something new, you’ll be expanding your mind, how you think, and how you approach situations.
Successful people focus on their health and make sure to eat foods that are healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep. This combination not only keeps your body healthy but also your mind. And it demonstrates that you place value in yourself, and what you are destined to accomplish.
Successful people understand that establishing and writing down their goals is a huge factor in their success. Writing down your goals gives you focus, and helps you develop a plan to achieve those goals. Often times, truly successful people have daily, weekly and monthly goals, all of which ladder up to their long-term goals.
Put The Work In
Successful people know that success will not be handed to them. Success requires taking action to achieve your goals, owning your actions and persistence. Taking action to achieve your goals demonstrates to yourself, and the world, that you have a desire and the drive to succeed. And, when you take responsibility for your own actions and become accountable for them, you become the master of your own destiny. You control your success.
Surround Yourself With Other Successful People
Successful people know that it is important to surround themselves with other successful people. If you surround yourself with positive, motivating people that are also focused on success, you will take on those attributes as well. On the flip side, if you surround yourself with negative people that have zero goals, you will take on those attributes as well. Find the positive, successful people in your life and surround yourself with them, and nurture those relationships.
Focus on Productivity
Successful people know that there is a big difference between being productive, and being busy. Being productive means spending your energy on the things that are most important – the things that will help you achieve your goals, and achieve success. Focus on the task/project at hand, and give it your full attention. (A great book to read on this topic is The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris).
Learn From Mistakes
Successful people know that mistakes and failures are the paths to success. No one wakes up one day and is successful. Instead, they’ve made mistakes, they’ve tried things and failed and have learned from all of those experiences. These experiences and lessons along the way not only make you a stronger person but also help expand your mind. Thomas Edison put it best when he said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Successful people know that it is important to be grateful for everything that they have. They are thankful for their success, the path to achieve that success, and the struggles that they faced along the way. Many even keep a gratitude journal and write down what they are grateful for every day. Practicing gratitude not only keeps you humble, but it can also create a perfect environment for ongoing success.
Get Involved and Give Back
Successful people know that getting involved in their community and giving back can help them feel grounded, provide a unique perspective, and can be a major benefit to others in this world. Giving back can be in the form of mentoring others, volunteering, or coaching. The idea is you are giving something of yourself to others.
Successful people know that adaptation is a major part of success. When you choose not to adapt, you are likely to be left behind. Instead, successful people are constantly changing things about themselves or their situation in order to be better in their career, happier with their life and more productive. George Bernard Shaw summed up the importance of adaptation extremely well when he said, “those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
Success isn’t easy, but it’s also not impossible to achieve. If you are willing to put in the work, shift your mindset a bit, and assume these habits, you’ll begin to see positive changes in your life. And when you continue and persevere, you’ll experience some pretty amazing things, including your own success.