When I say success, what do you imagine? A big house, your dream job, the perfect summer vacation, or the love of your life? Whatever it is, you can have it!
You think I’m bluffing?
Let me tell you — I’m not, but it comes with a disclaimer; with consistency and discipline, you have to follow the 10 Things listed below:
1. First you create your habits, and then your habits create you
“You cannot change your future , but you can change your habits and surely your habits will change your future.” — Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
I completely agree with Dr. Kalam’s words, and it is true that installing healthy and productive habits into our routine can initially be tough and tiring, but it bears beautiful results with time. Breaking down your habits into smaller routines can make it exponentially easier to incorporate and follow. This way, it sets into your system, and soon, not doing the habit becomes more difficult than doing it.
Did you know? By the age of 35, 90% of your daily life is based on your habits.
2. Gratitude increases longevity
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” — Zig Ziglar
Gratitude increases longevity — and positivity & productivity too! Practicing gratitude everyday shifts your focus towards abundance, helping you build more of it in your present. And let me tell you, it’s contagious. Practice gratitude by writing 10 things you are grateful for, every single day, after you get out of bed, or before you call it a day, and I bet my hat you’ll find a difference in the way you see things.
Did you know? Gratitude decreases depressive and toxic feelings, promotes lower blood pressure, makes you more goal — oriented and helps you sleep better.
3. Loving Yourself Before Success
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” — Brene Brown
We have to understand that we will never rise any higher than the way we see ourselves. In other words, if you keep limiting or criticizing yourself, you will receive limited results. Be kind to yourself, love yourself, and celebrate your failures too. It is all a part of your success. Stop being so critical of yourself, and be compassionate instead.
Every day, look at yourself in the eye in the mirror and tell yourself — “I let go of…” (three experiences which have been traumatic for you) and “I love myself for…” (your three most amazing qualities). Give yourself a tight hug! Remember, your longest relationship and the only guaranteed forever in your life will be with your own self.
Did you know? Our self-esteem is a very fluid phenomenon — it fluctuates day to day and hour to hour, based on the internal feedback we give ourselves, and the external feedback we get from our environment.
4. Decluttering and Setting Healthy Boundaries
“To put things in order to spark joy means to put your past in order too.” — Marie Kondo
When we don’t know when to say NO, we are sending an open invitation to all those who are ready to exploit our time and energy. Declutter your environment — not just your physical space but your mental and emotional atmospheres too. Get rid of everything that is not giving you joy — emotions, memories, feelings, materialistic possessions, people, and activities. Marie Kondo your whole life!
Did you know? People in cluttered rooms are more likely to have sleeping problems.
5. Set The Right Goals
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” — Earl Nightingale
Goal-setting is directly linked to high self-esteem, motivation and self-confidence when your goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound). With clear purposes in mind, broken down into easier subgoals, one is more likely to deduce more elaborate and sometimes shorter paths to success. Remember, life not a race, but a marathon — take one day at a time.
Did you know? When you set a goal, your brain immediately begins pointing out obstacles for the course. It is by passing through these obstacles that you transform into a person who can achieve their goals.
6. Mastering the Art of Focus
“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus.” — Bruce Lee
Focus is the gateway of all thinking — without it, all aspects of your ability to think will suffer. If you sometimes feel yourself drifting away, use your mental muscle to bring your focus back to the present and doing this over and over again improves focus. It’s simple, really — practice focus and you will become better at it; practice getting distracted, and you will constantly get distracted.
When you feel that you are not able to focus enough, write down the things that you would do if an apocalypse were to happen tomorrow — that’s where your time and effort must be focused!
Did you know? Focus is one of the most significant life skills, and yet, no educational institutions teach on this subject.
7. Move Your Body
“When your body moves, your brain grooves.” — Jim Kwik
Exercise boosts the production of BDNF by 200–300% — Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein essential for learning, memory and neuronal plasticity. Moreover, exercise releases endorphins, the happy hormones that ensure less stress and anxiety. You can opt for moderately intense cardio, or basically anything that gets your heart rate going. As your body moves, your mind grooves.
Did you know? Dancing is considered to be an extremely effective exercise for improving mental strength and cognitive skills.
8. Motivation is a Myth
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” — Mark Twain
Motivation is a myth that we’ve created as an excuse to delay or not do our work. Do not rely on it to get things done. When you find yourself wanting to do something, give yourselves exactly 5 seconds to get up and start doing it! When an idea strikes or you want to complete a task, count from 5 to 1 in reverse and get started with it. This way, you can avoid procrastinating it any further.
Did you know? Asking yourself “why” a task is important to you can boost motivation.
9. Mindfulness practices
“Meditation is like a gym in which you develop the powerful mental muscles of calm and insight.” — Ajahn Brahm
Mindfulness practices like meditation can help you focus better, which subsequently leads to more productivity and thus, success. Try guided meditation if you are a beginner, or simply start with focused breathing. When the mind is calm, you will automatically perform your tasks better. And remember, you don’t have to stop the flow of thoughts, simply acknowledge them and bring your attention back to your breathing, no matter how many times you’re forced to do this. Eventually, a day will come when you will relish the states of a mind that is free from its games!
Did you know? Meditation DOES NOT take years of practice to produce benefits. If done sincerely, you will be able to unlock many benefits after the first session itself.
10. Relationships as the Core
“Your network is your net worth.” — Porter Gale
We undervalue the power of knowing people so much that we pay a lot for it indirectly. Networking can open up doors that may previously have not existed through any other means, so don’t be shy to approach people you admire or want to work with. Remember, the first conversation is hard, but only for a couple of minutes!
Did you know? It is through networking that many successful professionals we know of were able to land certain opportunities and collaborations.
Well, just as one size doesn’t fit all, the above-mentioned tips will not work for everyone but some of these will definitely work and all you have to do is figure out which are the best fits for you! Remember to take it one day at a time with baby steps because things don’t happen overnight. Work on yourself like an artist will work on a piece of art, slow strokes in the right way because life is a canvas and we are its colors!
I wish you Happy Success in advance!
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