This article was last updated on December 29, 2015
The chase for success is a constant struggle. Success is often determined by one or two opportunities that you are presented with. If you do not capitalize on those opportunities then you may not get another chance. In order to capitalize on those opportunities you must be 100% committed to being prepared for when those opportunities arise. If you really want to be successful why not put yourself in the best position possible when opportunity comes knocking.
Here are some ways in which you can do just that. Some of them may seem obvious, but just ask yourself if you really do these to your utmost potential:
7 Ways to Optimize Yourself For Success
1. Get enough sleep
How do you feel after a night of poor sleep? I know for myself personally if I get less than 8 hours of sleep I feel like hell. I am sluggish in the morning and it takes me until at least mid afternoon to get fully into my day. I realized that this is terrible. What if opportunity comes knocking in the early morning and I am too drowsy to take advantage? Make sure you are getting however much sleep you need to perform at your optimum level. Only you know how much that is. I know I need 8 hours. You may only need 6. Figure it out and stick to it.
2. Exercise daily & Eat Healthy
If your body is not in it’s best possible shape then your mind will not be performing at it’s highest possible level. Think about it. If your driving a truck with a ton of weight in the back and the wrong oil in the engine, will it run to it’s full potential? Absolutely not. Your body is no different. Exercise daily and be sure to eat as healthy as you can. Food is the fuel your putting into your body. If you are living off fried chicken then your body will output those results. If your
living on a clean diet then it will output those.
3. Carry a journal
How many times have you thought of an idea and said, “man that’s a really great one,” only to forget the idea some time later. If I had a dollar for every idea I have forgotten because I didn’t write it down I would have good chunk of dough.
You never know when an idea will come to you or when inspiration will strike. Carry a small journal with you at all times so you can easily write down any ideas that come to you. I personally do this and once you start writing down ideas you will be surprised at how much you can generate.
4. Maintain a schedule & Maximize your time
I used to go through my day without a plan and find myself watching youtube at around 3 every day. I didn’t know how I ended up there but before I knew it hours had passed. I now keep a schedule and allow allotted times for amusement so I don’t get sidetracked. If you keep a schedule you can maximize your time and in turn your productivity. I keep track of when my meals should be, when any appointments I have are, and I block out times for writing and amusement. It really has changed my life and given me a sense of direction and control over my time as well as increased my productivity.
5. Be Positive
Positivity is a key component to a successful mindset. You must avoid negativity and negative people. Surround yourself with positive minds and encourage each other. You must also accept your shortcomings and your strengths and build upon them. You cannot be positive if you do not accept your flaws. Also do not view others success as luck or good fortune, rather view it as inspiration. Learn from them rather than look down or demean them. If you find yourself looking down on others then you are far from success. Positivity is contagious and where it is success usually is.
6. Study others who were successful
I cannot stress this point enough. Many times as a human being we think that out problems are our own. That nobody else has ever faced our situation. I used to think that and I found that that thinking was flawed. There have been many people before us who have faced similar if not the exact same problems we have. With the internet it is easier than ever to look these people up and check out their life story. Once you start reading about successful people you will be amazed to find the similarities with your own life. Many successful people had to go through many hardships to get where they wanted to go. You and I will be no different.
7. Be on the lookout for opportunities
This is another point which is paramount to becoming successful. Many people simply do not notice opportunities when they are presented with them. Now this happens for many reasons, but the main reason why people miss opportunities is because they are not paying attention to their surroundings. Today, many people have their heads buried in their phone or their heads filled with earbuds and their favorite music. Now, there is nothing wrong with this as I also love to listen to my favorite music sometimes. But you have to realize that you may be missing valuable opportunities. Once you begin to notice your surroundings opportunities will present themselves from every angle.
If you follow these tips you will optimize yourself for success. You will not achieve success right away, but you will put yourself in the best position possible when opportunity comes knocking.
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