How to speed up your success rate
I could sit here telling you that you should listen to me because of how successful I am, how I have X amount of dollars, stayed on the honor roll throughout college, gained a certain amount of followers, was promoted within my company – but the truth is, every person’s version of success is different. What I might consider success could be nothing to you. The point is, you must determine what you want and just go for it. Sometimes success feels like a distant and unrealistic when you're in rough times. Here are some steps you can take to feel confident in your impending success and allow it to happen as fast as possible.
- Determine exactly what success means to you specifically. What would have to happen to make you feel successful? What achievements or possessions would you attribute to being a success?
- Set SMART goals – when you write out your goals you need to make sure they are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-oriented. This helps you get a really clear vision and ensures you have a way to figure out when you've hit your goals or when you're getting close.
- Daily written affirmations – One trick to speed up success and reach your goals is to write out your goals and affirmations every day. Write out your desired outcome; the purpose of achieving this goal; and put a plan in place. Most importantly, stay positive when doing this exercise and
- Observe your surroundings – always be on the look-out for opportunities that may launch you toward your goal. You never know who you might meet that has a connection or a bit of information that you can use to your advantage on your path to success.
- Don’t take the easy route or path of least resistance. There are no shortcuts to success. Just stay focused and work hard every single day to accomplish something and before you know it, you will reach your goals.
- Ask “what can I learn from this person or situation” – It is easy to differentiate those who are successful from others who aren't just by observing their actions and mannerisms during every day tasks, but especially during the hard times.Use them as an example of what to or not to do.
- Don’t fear failure – every failure is just a falter w/ the opportunity to learn. Always be open to learning new things, even at the risk of messing up. You can always recover, how gracefully is up to you.
- Create a mastermind group or support system – this allows you to bounce ideas off of other like minded individuals. The people in your mastermind should inspire you as well as hold you accountable. When you are doing the same for them, everyone gets more done!
- Create a consistent routine. The more decisions you have to make through out the day, the more chances you have to get distracted from your main focus. Cut out half of your decision-making by creating an efficient routine and sticking to it. This may take some time and effort, but it is totally worth it!
- Review your progress on certain dates and acknowledge milestones. Once you review where you are at with your goals, compare it to your SMART goals. (This is where the "measurable" part comes in.) Are you where you wanted to be by this time? Do a mental check-in every few weeks or months to see if you're on track. You can always update and tailor your goals to the changes that come with life.
I wanted to close this blog post with a reminder to not be too hard on yourself. Don't beat yourself up if you don't reach that goal. Be flexible and always reward yourself for what you do accomplish. We are all human, after all. Alright, now go out there and tackle your goals!