Giving it is the new year, there are habits that successful people do. I read Marc and Angel’s blogpost a while back. Their blog is amazing and very useful, inspirational. If you haven’t subscribed to it yet, go and do it NOW.
So what is it what successful people do? There could be a whole list of things and I am coming to them post by post, but essentially there a lot of people that are so successful yet don’t show it at all.
It is not about working in one industry or another, or having money or possessions. Success means being a good human being and having rituals in place that allow you to just be good and make a difference, living a life you enjoy.
As I don’t want to copy the whole post from Marc and Angel, let me pick my favourite 5:
1. They have calm, consistent morning routines.
Successful people, often they get up when it is quiet like 5 am or so, have a calm and consistent routine. Meditation, writing, exercising, reading. Anything that prepares them for the day and doesn’t get them stressed or excited first thing.
2. They eliminate all needless busy work – they prioritise.
You can get a lot done if you apply a few rules. Anything that can be done within two minutes, do it now. Then prioritise the rest. Don’t keep busy with unimportant stuff, like returning the annoying sales call or worry about the neighbours’ attitude to life. Don’t spend hours on Facebook or Twitter. Concentrate on the tasks at hand. Get done what needs to be done today!
3. Pushing limits.
Learning is a process where you push boundaries or learn from new experience. Stretching yourself and your boundaries daily, make you learn a lot quicker. Successful people do exactly that. To challenge the routine. To challenge the status quo. Venturing beyond what you thought was possible.
4. Visual reminders for goals.
This is one of my favourite ones. I find it astonishing for people to just go with the flow and not saying “I want to be xyz” or be at a place or something, e.g. having little ambition. But that might just be me and not you as otherwise you probably wouldn’t read this post. And where ever you want to be, whatever you want to achieve, visualise it. Make it visible, create a visual reminder of what you want to achieve. Look at your values daily. Look at what you want to achieve daily. Look at your roots and your branches, like a tree, and see where you can grow to. Back to no. 3: push boundaries!
Those tangible reminders for goals are very useful.
5. Mentors and Feedback. (I combined Marc and Angel’s 10 and 11 here!).
Personally I like to call it calibration. To have mentors, tutors or friends who can give you an honest feedback. People who you can trust, they can trust you and you can have a candid chat about your industry, your new job opportunity, your dreams or what really annoys you. They can teach you what they learned and share their experience. Having someone, internal or external to your organisation, who helps you understand what is happening with you and where you want to go, is priceless. Buying them lunch or dinner is just a small token of appreciation, they can help you change your life.
In line with that is to accept feedback and criticism. To accept that you have done things wrong or made a wrong decision but also for you to accept that you learned from it (as you were pushing boundaries). Creating a culture at work that encourages this, is key too!
I guess that summarises my top 5 reasons as of what successful people do. And more of course 😉
But essentiatlly they don’t accept the status quo and push the boundaries whilst keeping a clear head, accept feedback and can bounce ideas over a pint or glass of juice.
Simple really 😉
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