Success is like pregnancy. Everyone congratulates you, but no one stops to ask how many times you were screwed beforehand. We all face trials and tribulations across our lives – whether it’s at home or at work – and overcoming them is what makes our story a successful one.
Of course, it’s easier said than done. We’ve decided to outline some of the rules that succesful people have adopted over the years. If you incorporate some of these into your life, you might just start to see some real, actionable changes.
Start Your Day With A Victory
Whether it’s making your bed or hitting the gym, make sure to start your day with a ‘win’. This can reward us with serotonin and a massive sense of accomplishment that can take us through the day.
By starting with a small victory each morning, it will encourage us to reach higher and farther for more victories. After a short while, or successes will be greater. Start by making your bed and watch how your psyche changes.
Strong Bodies Equal Strong Minds
We often underestimate the relationship between our physical bodies and our emotional minds. Most of us work on strengthening our minds without focusing on our physical health. The fact is that we need to balance these two.
This can be through a healthy diet or taking the time to exercise out of work. Remember: we are what we eat. Swap that burger for a protein shake and make sure to get your blood running every few days. After a while, you’ll notice your sleep pattern improving and your mood lifted.
J.K. Rowling: Embrace Your Failures
You’re going to screw up sometimes. And that’s ok! No one knows more about embracing inevitable failures than Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Initially, more than 20 publishers passed on her transcript, but she kept revising her work to make it better.
Today, her seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies and brought in billions of dollars at the Hollywood box office. All she did was embrace her hiccups and work to rectify them.
Record Your Gratitude
It’s so easy to get caught in the rough and tumble of our day to day. We lose track of what we have in our busy lives and what we are thankful for. This is why it is essential to keep a list of all the things that you are thankful for.
It can be your home, dog, friends, health – anything! It’s important to recognize these moments when you’re stuck on your morning commute to help put things in perspective. Your gratitude might even change over the months, so it’s interesting to follow the changes.
Walk In A Park
If full-blown exercise isn’t your thing, then make sure you take a little time to walk in a local park nearby. When we work hard all week, it’s important to get some fresh air and time away from our screens.
Many people claim that a 30-minute walk can help them organize their thoughts, process the day’s activity, and plan ahead. Aside from the mental break it provides, a 30-minute walk is also great for your waistline!
Read More. Then Read More.
Today, we are losing the appreciation for reading. While we transform our habits to be more mobile-friendly, we can’t express how important it is to stick with more long-form, physical books to sink yourself into each night.
Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, reading books gives us time away from our screens and pushing different buttons in our brain. It can help with relaxation, imagination, and offer an escape into a different world. Pick up a book today!
Take Time To Relax
Frankie says it best: relax! We can all get too caught up in our busy lives and not take the time to truly sit back and decompress each day. So, successful people make sure to spend one hour each day doing what relaxes them.
Of course, this varies from person to person. For some people, relaxing means going to the gym, for others it’s sinking into the sofa with a glass of wine. Either way, you deserve to have the time each day for yourself and your thoughts.
Consider Your Music
Music can have an invaluable effect on your mood and mental health. What are you listening to each day? Make sure it fills you with good and positive energy. You can’t go wrong with cheesy pop or even country music.
Take the time to listen to music that matters to you. For most of us, our commutes are the perfect time to explore some new music. For others, it might be when cooking dinner. Find the time and set your own soundtrack to your life!
Meditation is getting more popular in recent years with people recognizing its massive benefits. With our busy and connected lifestyles, mediation is becoming invaluable. The ability to switch off and close our senses off to the rest of the world can help us gather our thoughts.
By starting the morning with 20 minutes of meditation, you can gather your thoughts and plan your day. By filling your mind with positive energy, it can have huge benefits on your mood and lifestyle.
Make A List Of Your Goals
Sometimes it’s hard to know what you want in life. When we get caught up in the grind of our day-to-day, it’s easy to lose sight of what we want out of our lives. Sometimes, all we need to do is write down a comprehensive list.
Our lists can include our hopes and aims in life, as well as any recent accomplishment we’ve achieved at home or at work. This can help us appreciate what we have and what we’re working towards.
Pick Three Things To Do Each Day
When was the last time you did something for the first time? When we get stuck in our daily routines, it can be easy to leave behind some of the new things we wanted to do. The best way to combat this is to set three things to do each day.
These can start small and grow into more meaningful tasks. Either way, the sense of accomplishment will help you feel more motivated and encourage you to take on larger projects in the future.
Learn To Adapt
We can plan all we like but life has a funny way of throwing a spanner in the works. And that’s fine. We have to learn to plan for the unplanned, too. This rings particularly true for those who are working in a business.
One of the most important aspects of successful people is their ability to roll with the punches and prepare to change course. Make sure you give yourself flexibility and learn that sometimes things won’t go to plan. And that’s ok!
Adopt The ‘Two-Minute Rule’
This is a small rule that can change your life. If you ever feel like you have too many daunting tasks to do, then it’s time to adopt a new rule: The Two-Minute Rule.
The concept is simple. Anything that you can do immediately and within two minutes, do it. This could be sending an email, making a quick call, or completing a small task. In time, you’ll find yourself completing various tasks quickly and leaving more time and headspace to focus on more important challenges.
Bill Gates: Embrace Diversity
Speaking to graduates on Instagram, Microsoft founder Bill Gates had some wise words on how to achieve success: “Learn to recognize and appreciate people’s different talents.” According to the Harvard dropout, IQ isn’t everything.
“I was so naive about different skill sets. I thought if somebody had a high IQ, they could be good at everything. And the idea that you needed to blend these different types of skills together, that always continued to surprise me.”
Never Give Up
Life is going to hit us with problems. We may not get the promotion we want or our relationships might not end in the way we want them to. Either way, the most important thing is to never give up.
Whether it’s a friendship or a job, we need to always keep fighting for the things we want. This might mean we have some uncomfortable nights or conversations, but the things we care about are always worth fighting for.
Let Go Of Your Pride
Successful people have no problem accepting defeat or admitting mistakes. Not all projects will be successful, but it’s essential to understand how we can grow from this. There’s a reason why Pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
Pride in work or friendships can cause stubbornness or lack of empathy towards others. So, next time you need to work with others: check your pride at the door. Leave it at home and learn to be more humble. You’ll be a lot more successful in the long run.
Unplug Your Device
We can become glued to our phones, tablets, or computer screens if we don’t curb our habits. Each day, people can spend hours looking at a bright screen, which can have a negative effect on your health.
So, make sure you spend the time to unplug from a device each day. You can do this in a few ways: some people don’t allow their devices in the bedroom, or other people go on walks while leaving phones at home. Find the best way for you and make sure to give yourself some time unplugged.
Keep A Journal
Journals are a great way to record your daily habits and spot progress or setbacks in a clear way. It’s also a strong way to vent about your feelings without burdening others around you. Even taking a few moments each day to record some highlights can help you become a lot more successful.
You can write anything you want in your journal. Did you overhear something funny on the train? Is there a new movie you want to see? Either way, use it to record your thoughts and feelings – it will help departmentalize your emotions.
Jeff Bezos: Think of the Customers
If you’re working in the service industry, then you should be 100% dedicated to your customers and their needs. But don’t take our word for it: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos knew the importance of this ever since he started working in 1994.
Today, Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest man and operates one of the most powerful companies ever created. There’s no way he would be as successful if he didn’t always think about how to please his customers.
Remove Your Sense of Fear
Fear can be the single biggest barrier we set ourselves when accomplishing new things. Usually, our fear of failure prevents us from reaching for higher aims or goals. The result? A docile life where no risks are ever taken.
Successful people don’t fear failure, they feed off it. The expert has failed more times than the amateur has ever tried. So, remove your fear and replace it with excitement: that sense of anticipation will lead you to your next biggest accomplishment.
We have two ears but only one mouth, suggesting we should place twice as much effort into listening as we do talking. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or colleague – successful people all spend time listening more than they do talking.
This can have amazing benefits in almost every sense. By understanding other people more, you can become more sympathetic and learn to think a bit more differently about the world. Next time you’re in a conversation with someone, consider listening more than you talk.
Plan Your Play and Play Your Plan
This mantra, often used by sports players, rings true to our everyday lives. We need to spend our time organizing our time and tasks. As we get busier and our responsibilities increase, we will no longer be able to ‘wing’ our days.
So, the best way to do this is to make a coherent plan for the next few days. By setting a clear agenda, you’ll be able to tick off your list easily and achieve more of your goals.