This article was last updated on December 31, 2015
There’s nothing more disheartening than a perfectly healthy, balanced, affluent human being with the whole world in his or her hands who’s chronically unhappy and unproductive. There’s really no excuse for it either, yet I see this unfolding every single day with people I work with – people who choose to be stuck and out of balance and refuse to admit it. This mindset results from an extremely unbalanced life – one with too much expectation and not enough discipline and appreciation
So here are 8 things that are pretty consistent with the people that I have observed, interviewed, and asked them what made them have that stick-to-it-ness (if that’s a word!) so you can bring into your life to stretch yourself into your own unique form of greatness.
8 Things Successful People Do Differently
Focus Focus Focus. Successful people are incredibly focused around their goals. The ones that are most effective, most productive, I found that they simply make sure every single thing they do each day is aligned with their goals. Through every activity they somehow get closer to where they want to be at the end of their lives. Focus is the most important thing if you want to live your best life. Remember energy goes where focus flows
Be Positive and Passionate. The second thing that successful people do is they are positive and passionate. It’s so important to be the most positive person you know. It’s so important to be passionate about what you are trying to create and the life that you’re trying live that other people feel that passion. Because passion is contagious. And when you get exited about your goals, when you get excited about your to do’s, it rubs off onto other people and they get excited too.
Work Hard. When you word hard at something that you truly enjoy, results come easily. I have never seen a truly successful leader who doesn’t outwork everyone else around them.
Never Stop Improving. Successful people are always creating, always coming up with new ideas, writing them down on post it and on napkins in restaurants. They are always asking how I can be of service to people with my business, my career, my thinking, and my resources. Never accept the ordinary, always push the envelope to excel to extraordinary
Use your Time Well. Those four words should dwell in the minds of all who wish to excel at their trade or passion. The idea is simply this; you want to be a master at managing your time. Time is a commodity that once it is spent can never come back to you. This moment that you and I are sharing right now will never come again. This day will never come again. You can’t recapture what you could’ve done today. Be good at focusing your time on the things that truly count.
Add Value. Successful people are always asking themselves how can I help other people better their lives. How can I help other people come one step closer to their goals. How can add value to my clients’ business or help them be more efficient in the business operations? Simply put when you help other people get to their goals, they will help you get to your goals. Success cannot be had unless you take someone with you.
Build Relationships. In every aspect of our lives relationships is a vital part of it in so many ways. People love being around people they trust, as well as doing business, and socializing. Make the time to build strong relationships without the pretense of missing a sale or gaining new customer. In so many ways a successful life comes down to the quality of your relationships
Commit to Excellence. Successful people want to be the best at what they do. They want to be great in their careers. They want to stand for the highest good and truly want to be excellent. You can be successful on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and take Tuesdays and Thursdays off. You have to be excellent all the time or just be ordinary.
There you have it – eight things successful people do. You may know about my three step formula. Intentions and Conscious precedes choices, which, with a little action, precedes results. With you as a conscious creator, you’ll make better choices. What choices are you making to start your day? Do you have rituals to put yourself into a great emotional state for the start of your day? With better choices you will see better results. Now that you are conscious about the things truly successful people do, you can make better choices starting today. And as you begin to make better choices, you will see better results.
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