Success. Everyone has a definition of it. In fact, Merriam-Webster can’t even settle on just one, offering up a total of three for your choosing.
With this month’s topic, I’d like to focus on only one of these definitions: the correct or desired result of an attempt.
But we live in time of almost constant change, making it difficult to predict outcomes or results. And the one constant at our disposal is our habits. While bad habits obviously take us off course, the good ones can help us navigate those choppy, often unpredictable waters that lie between the present situation and a life of sustained achievement.
The following are 10 all-new habits that can help you to achieve the correct or desired result of your success:
Get clarity on what you want to accomplish. You may not know exactly how to reach the end, but surrounding yourself with the right individuals or groups can help. Take my journey, for example.
When I started writing my book, “Tide Turners,” I really didn’t know how to structure a book — let alone have it published. It took aligning myself with Author Academy Elite to develop as a writer and bring my book to the masses.
See failures as opportunities for growth and learning. Successful people do not look at failure as the end. They look at it as a moment to learn, adjust, and continue. There’s a great book entitled “Go for No,” which discusses increasing failure for growth and achievement.
Do what you say you’ll do when you say you’ll do it. Be highly intentional with a high amount of discipline. When you make a commitment, make sure you do everything in your power to do it. Intention and discipline will guide you towards your own success.
Take action. Individuals who achieve don’t wait for things to happen. They make things happen. As Brendon Burchard says, “A power plant doesn’t have energy, it generates energy.” You must be your own force. Action takes believing version 1.0 is better than version 0.0. You must look for ways to improve, and turn “I can’t” into “how can I?”
Get a jump on the day. Successful people get up early to take advantage of every minute of every day. I wasn’t an earlier riser, to be completely honest. But given my desire to write a book, I adjusted my schedule to accommodate for it.
But getting up early doesn’t necessarily mean you go into work right away — unless, of course, you want to. I suggest doing something for yourself, like reading something inspirational, taking time to meditate, and focusing on building yourself internally.
Take care of your health. Successful individuals understand what fuels their body and mind. Watching what you eat is important. Do I enjoy potato chips? Absolutely, but I don’t eat them every day. It’s all about moderation.
By that same token, it’s also important to get a little daily exercise. It gets not only your heart rate up but those juices flowing, helping to improve memory and thinking. While I’m no doctor, I can certainly tell you that exercise is important to your health.
Start reading. Now, I’m not talking novels of the romance variety. These just take your mind away from daily things. Successful individuals like to read and believe in developing themselves. In fact, 72% of adults have read a book within the past year — if they finished that book, well, that’s another story. By my estimates, this means 7 out of 10 people will read “Tide Turners,” at least that’s my hope.
Become a continuous learner. Individuals who seek to achieve are seeking knowledge to help them achieve. They seek to learn new skills and surround themselves with other successful individuals to learn from.
Focus and avoid distractions. Having focus means avoiding the buzz of social media sounds and other distractions that can throw off your focus. If you’re new to my blog, I recommend reading my post on the weapons of mass distraction. http://cardiffdhall.com/improving-your-focus-disable-weapons-of-mass-distraction/. It goes into greater detail than I can devote here.
Desire, desire, desire. No, not the streetcar. Ok, I probably just showed you I’m old. Anyway, you must have a deep root to DESIRE. Individuals who possess this desire have clarity and understand the work it will take to truly accomplish things in their lives.
I hope you can put these 10 habits in place so you can achieve and thus meet the definition of success and Merriam will say, “You are successful, well done!”