10 Ways to Supercharge Your Success
No matter where you are or where you have been, you can achieve your goals. The secret is knowing how to proceed and then taking action, every day. This article describes both.
Model Patterns of Successful People
One person’s view of success looks very different from another’s but some patterns when repeated, will lead them and you to their goals. You can adopt these patterns of success and greatly enhance your odds of achievement.
Model yourself after others that have achieved great things. Successful people share many qualities that you can develop and perfect in yourself.
Pattern your success after the success of others:
- Success begins with a vision and the belief that vision can be accomplished. Know where you’re going and have confidence you can get there.
- Success requires prioritization. There are only so many minutes in a day. You can’t accomplish 20 amazing things each year. Focus your energy on just a couple of things. Ensure that you spend the first couple hours of each day on those most important priorities.
- Successful people anticipate self-sabotage. The future is a mystery to everyone. Even the most successful people can’t predict their behavior 100%. Never assume that you can take it easy today because you’ll work every night next week instead. That type of thinking is a form of procrastinating and never ends well.
- Delegation is key. You can’t do it all without help. Use the people around you to your best advantage. That doesn’t mean take advantage of anyone, but get the help you require. Rather than doing everything yourself, ask yourself what your options are for ensuring the task is done.
- Failure is a regular occurrence. Failure happens to successful people all the time. The most successful people are those that failed quickly and often. Examine each failure and learn what you can. Attack the next opportunity with new knowledge and an improved approach.
- Results are tracked. Success requires feedback, but that feedback is worthless if it’s ignored. Measure your progress, progress toward your goals, and progress with your behavior. Then make the necessary adjustments.
- Commitment is required to put forth the effort necessary to make success a likely outcome. Where there is no commitment, long-term failure is likely.
- Successful people have an amazing ability to persevere. The ability to never give up is a cornerstone of success.
- Prioritization in one area of your life means sacrificing in others. You might have to give up the softball league, the book club, or your morning trip to Starbucks. Be prepared to sacrifice.
- Take calculated risks. Great rewards require dealing with some level of risk. If you want 100% certainty and no risk, stay at home. Great successes often involve considerable risk, even if that risk is only wasting a lot of your precious time. How much are you willing to gamble?
- Action-oriented. Lots of people are good at dreaming, setting goals, and planning. Some are also skilled at talking a good game about how much they’re going to accomplish. Not many are willing to actually take action. The most successful people take massive action and expend a lot of time and energy actually doing things, rather than just thinking about them.
Which of these qualities are you lacking? Do you have a plan for developing them? Could you imagine failing if you had all of these qualities? Success would be almost automatic!
Develop the necessary qualities to greatly increase the odds of success. Have an objective, prioritize your life accordingly, take action, and never give up.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney.
Develop a Routine to Benefit From Your Mistakes
People who struggle to be successful frequently repeat the same mistakes over and over. The habit of repeating mistakes can easily be corrected. All you have to do is develop a weekly habit of examining your mistakes and coming up with better alternatives for the next time.
Just as a chain is limited by the strength of its weakest link, our success is limited by the quality of our worst decisions. In The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Jack Canfield describes the importance of learning from feedback that tells you that you failed. Instead of getting resistant or defensive he recommends writing them down, fix what is broken, and refocus on your vision. Eliminating mistakes and staying focused on your vison is a powerful way to become more successful in life.
Try this process for minimizing the prevalence of your mistakes:
- Set aside some time once a week. Have a specific time each week that you use to look back and examine your week. Schedule it into your week just like anything else of high importance.
- Look back at all the important events from your week. Consider every important interaction and decision you made during the week.
- Reflect on your interactions with your family and the decisions you made related to them. How did you handle your kids? Did you have positive interactions with your partner?
- Think about your financial decisions. Include your spending and how you managed with paying your bills. Investing decisions can be included, too.
- What happened at work? How was your presentation? Did you hire or fire someone? Are you feuding with someone? Were you ever late for work? Did your boss yell at you?
- Examine your health. Did you eat nutritiously this week? Did you sleep well? Did you get enough exercise?
- Include anything else that seems important. Contemplate everything that’s important to you, including anything that involves your friends and neighbors.
- Ask yourself what you could have done better. Where did you make mistakes? Go back over your entire week and consider how each situation could have been managed more effectively.
- It’s similar to asking yourself what you would do if you could go back in time and live that experience all over again.
- Odds are that you’ll have the opportunity to experience a similar situation in the future. Most of our lives are filled with routines and habits. There’s not a lot of novelty from week to week.
- Look for trends in your behavior. We’re all prone to making similar mistakes again and again. Even in completely different situations, we tend to make the same sorts of mistakes.
- Are you assuming too much? Are you too impatient? Are you inconsiderate? Are you acting without getting enough information? Are you ignoring your family?
- If you can correct a trend in your decision-making, you can eliminate a lot of future errors.
- Visualize yourself handling the situation in a more effective manner. Try to find solutions to challenging situations. Then, see yourself in the same situation, only this time you’ll take a new approach. Visualize things working out well.
- This step is super powerful, so avoid skipping it. A few minutes can really make a huge difference.
- Think about what you did well, too! Recognize those things and resolve to continue responding in the same way to those situations. Keep the good stuff and change the bad.
Your success in life will be enhanced by leaps and bounds if you simply take the time to eliminate your mistakes. Each week, you’ll become more and more effective as you make fewer and fewer mistakes. Success isn’t all about doing spectacular things. It’s just as much about not making spectacular blunders. Avoid making the same mistake twice. Recognize your shortcomings each week and banish them from your life.
If the process in this article resonates with you, don’t stop there. Download the Extraordinary Habits Worksheet from FearlessProjectManagement to keep track as you turn mistakes into new positive behaviors that will propel you towards success.
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