In our pursuit of success, there are key things we can all learn in order to maximize our potential.
Here is a list of 12 things that successful people do differently than others, in which I hope you can gain some inspiration on your journey to achieving your goals.
1. They create and pursue focused goals.
Key word: Focus. Write down a list of things you want to achieve, but don’t get distracted by what others are doing, or what you think others want you to be doing. Take the time to refine your “want’s” and set achievable goals – the more you cross off this list, the more confident you’ll become, and the cycle will continue.
2. They take decisive and immediate action.
Successful people have had to make decisions, quickly and under pressure. There are going to be times where you may want to second-guess yourself, but don’t give in. Be confident, stay informed and trust yourself enough to make immediate decisions when you need to.
3. They focus on being productive, not being busy.
Everyone can keep themselves busy, but being productive is another issue altogether. Don’t waste valuable time on meaningless tasks that stray away from that refined list of goals (see #1). Don’t spread all of your eggs across different baskets. Don’t be too much of a perfectionist – recognize when it’s time to walk away, and know when your time is better spent elsewhere.
4. They make logical, informed decisions.
Do your research – don’t ever undervalue this. Don’t let your emotions make decisions for you. Stay calm, read the facts, discuss with the experts and prioritize the rational. Successful people have used their resources to become experts in matters themselves – and this helps the make logical, informed decisions when necessary.
5. They avoid the trap of trying to make things perfect.
Don’t lose 8 hours of your day trying to make something perfect, when it probably will never be. This is a trap that keeps you ‘busy’ and not ‘productive’ (see #3). Know when it’s time to walk away. Did this do the job? Great. Move on.
6. They work outside of their comfort zone.
Great things never came from comfort zones. If it scares you, it’s probably worth doing. Successful people have taken risks to be where they are, and it’s essential for you to move outside of what’s comfortable to make necessary gains and climb higher.
7. They keep things simple.
No distractions, no wasting time, no fluff – just keep it as simple as you can. Keep a clear head, stick to the facts, take a deep breath and keep things simple. Don’t make anything more difficult than it has to be.
8. They focus on making small, continuous improvements.
No one went from 0 to 100 real quick. Focus on making small improvements – this helps build confidence. Keep your goals attainable – write out each and every small gain you are looking to make, so that you’re not trying to build Rome in a day.
9. They measure and track their progress.
Pat yourself on the back when you’ve made an accomplishment – no matter how small it may be. Measuring and tracking your progress will help you recognize your accomplishments, build your confidence, shift your strategy and help you learn from your mistakes. This is absolutely essential.
10. They maintain a positive attitude as they learn from their mistakes.
Stay an optimist. Failure is not a roadblock asking you to turn around and go back where you started. It is a vital part of your journey. It teaches you something that you will need in order to continue, push on and overcome other obstacles. Do not be afraid of failure, mistakes – these are only what make you smarter and stronger in the end.
11. They spend time with motivational people.
Successful people surround themselves with people who uplift them, encourage them, and serve as positive influences in their lives. You may not be the company you keep, but you will become them.
12. They maintain balance in their life.
Work hard, play hard – find balance, and don’t become consumed. Creativity and insight often come when you’re not trying to be creative or insightful all of the time. Some of the best ideas have come when people have stepped outside of the office and given their minds a break. Maintaining balance is not only going to help your career – it will help your overall life. Because success means nothing if there is no happiness.