Hands up if one of your new year goals was to be more successful; at work, exercise or your hobbies. Most of us constantly strive to be better versions of ourselves, but did you know that the thing that sets high achievers apart is the way that they approach problems? Hack this, and you can get to the top of your game. We’ve discovered how successful people think, and here are 7 things you can try for a more fruitful life…
Set Measurable Goals
Tell me, did you set a goal to get more sleep this year? Many of us are struggling to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and millions of us fail to achieve our goal of getting more sleep.
The reason why? Well, successful people set specific, measurable goals. If your goal is to get more sleep, how will you know when you’ve done it? Stay up late one night and you’ll probably think you’ve failed. You forget about your goal and carry on with life as before.
Try setting a quantitative goal – e.g. I’m going to be in bed by 9.30pm 4 times a week. You’re much more likely to achieve this. Mini goals can also set you on the path to success.
Never Stop Learning
When you learn new things, your brain forms new connections and neurons.This means that your brain gets quicker, more efficient and your memory improves. Perhaps more importantly, boredom – which happens when you stop learning new things – can be very dangerous to your health (even leading to a higher risk of heart disease!)
So if you want to become successful in life, go to that French language class, take up knitting or learn Salsa dancing. You’ll broaden your horizons, upgrade your brain and have some fun!
Follow The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule, otherwise known as the Pareto rule, has been optimized by the most successful people for decades. The principle is that you should apply 80% of your energy to the most important 20% of your tasks. You can’t do everything and be everywhere, so prioritise. The principle suggests that two out of every ten items on your to do list will be more valuable than the other eight items put together. These are usually the two tasks you procrastinate on and that’s why you don’t accomplish everything you should.
From now on, make a list of everything you need to do and prioritize the most important ones first. Avoid the habit of getting through ‘quick wins’ first. Successful people know that the quick wins aren’t the tasks that get you that big client or promotion. Leave them until you’ve completed the important work.
Practice Gratitude And Know What You Enjoy
Write a list of the things that you enjoy doing. It can be spending time with a significant other, exercising, going on mini-breaks – anything you love. Then, make sure that you plan time for these things.
Doing what you love boosts endorphin production in the brain – the natural pain and stress reliever. This makes you more productive, and you’re more likely to enjoy your time at work if you have things to look forward to.
Successful people know that planning these things in is vital to your overall well-being.
Do you ever feel like there’s too much internal chatter in your brain for you to properly focus on a task? Whether it’s constant negativity or worries about what you need to do next, these thoughts stop us from reaching our full potential.
There’s a reason that highly successful people like Jeff Weiner (CEO of LinkedIn), William Clay Ford Jr (Chairman of Ford Motor Company) and Oprah Winfrey have turned to meditation. As little as 10 minutes a day is enough to lengthen attention span, enhance self-awareness and get things done.
That’s how successful people think – by clearing their minds first.
Optimism For Achievement
Do you ever get stuck in a rut – when everything seems to be going wrong and there doesn’t seem to be any point in trying something new? Pessimism – the tendency to believe the worst will happen – is to blame. Multiple studies have shown that most people are pessimists and this holds us back in our daily lives.
Turning your mindset to an optimistic one means that you achieve more, improve your emotional health and lower your stress.
Grow Your Emotional Intelligence
You’ll recognise those people who have high emotional intelligence. They’re emphatic, they seem to have exceptional balance in their lives, they adapt well to change, and their focus seems second to none.
The capability to recognise your own emotions and the emotions of others and discern feelings enables you to achieve your goals.
Here are some tips to improve your emotional intelligence:
- Listen actively – don’t just wait for your turn to speak.
- Maintain a positive attitude – do the things you know will lead to you having a good day (a great breakfast, reading positive quotes).
- Take critique well – think about where the critique is coming from before responding immediately.
- Empathize with others – relating with others leads to mutual respect.
- Be approachable – think about how others perceive you. Smile and communicate clearly.
High emotional intelligence will not only improve your own emotional well-being, but also improve how others see you. You’ll be able to reach your goals more easily.
How To Be Successful In Life…
The highest achieving people know that there is no benefit to doubting yourself or thinking negatively. Cracking this and turning your thinking around will lead to a more successful, better you.
Brevity, self-confidence and constructive relationships all follow on from a positive mental attitude. The 7 steps above can help you get there.
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