“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
Whether in business or life, we often walk a fine line between success and failure. Booker T. Washington’s quote highlights the inevitability of challenges on the path to success. In fact, I firmly believe success and failure go hand in hand. If you’re hoping to succeed, you’ve got to fail or learn from those who have.
This is due to the fact that successful individuals aren’t just born there’s a lot more that goes into the equation. Through my experience, I’ve found those who are highly successful have a lot more in common than we may think.
On the hunt for success? Here are some habits to take note of:
Boldly fail. Failure can and will happen, regardless of how incredible your work ethic is. The most successful people understand the reality of failure and its importance in finding success. While you may want to run and hide after you fail, but you must learn from your mistakes to ensure you don’t fail in the same way the second time around.
Set goals. Those who are successful set daily achievable goals. Find success by solidifying goals that are S.M.A.R.T. — smart, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely. Get rid of long-term goals and establish small daily goals to achieve your vision more easily.
It’s not always about luck. It’s all too easy to chalk up success to being in the right place at the right time. While this certainly is an element of success, you can’t forget the crucial involvement of blood, sweat, and tears. Don’t hold yourself back by waiting for the perfect timing or idea. Some of the most successful people got there by hitting the ground running, even if timing wasn’t perfect.
Carefully track your progress. Often, success comes down to keeping your eye on the prize while regularly monitoring behaviors, strategies, and tactics. You can’t make adjustments if you don’t know how you’re doing. Be sure to hold yourself accountable by checking your progress as often as possible and getting feedback when it’s due.
Don’t wait to act. Successful people don’t always know the right answer, but they keep moving anyway. Taking action will lead to answers, so don’t let obstacles stall you when you’re searching for the right solution.
Connect the dots. Those who are successful have the ability to see the greater picture. Look at things in a “past, present, and future” context to receive favorable results.
Harness your confidence. You’ve got to truly believe in your abilities. Assess yourself to gain a clear understanding of what you are able to accomplish, and use this as fuel to light your own fire.
Commit. Success doesn’t come without effort. The most successful individuals are often the most committed to what they’re working toward. Go the extra mile every day and make no exceptions.
Be alert. Awareness breeds success. If you’re not keyed in to your environment, you’re sure to miss opportunities. Listen to what’s being said about your company, constantly hone feedback, and keep your eyes and ears on your entire industry.
Persevere. Truly successful people never give up. Do they ever fail? Yes. But as times get hard, their stamina to move forward doesn’t wane. Develop a willingness to work through the challenges you encounter along the way.
Communicate like a pro. Those who are successful have an ease for convincing others. They don’t manipulate or pressure but logically explain the benefits. Communicating with confidence will allow you to more easily negotiate your visions.
Display humility. Success doesn’t have to come with an ego. In fact, many successful people don’t have one. This is because they understand that while extraneous factors come into play, some failure can be chalked up to their own shortcomings. Never forget to hold yourself accountable for every aspect of your life. This is how you’ll remain focused and humble.
Make these habits second nature, and success will be certain to follow.
Taking consistent action to accomplish your business goals can be challenging. Yet, this is critical to achieving business success. Running a business is no small task, and it’s natural to occasionally feel like you need a break or even to simply slow things down while you recuperate.
During those moments it is important to do what is needed to rejuvenate: take part in activities you enjoy, take a vacation, or simply minimize your commitments until your energy is reclaimed.
When you are lacking in motivation, the solution isn’t always as straightforward. Many of my clients ask why it is so hard to stay motivated, and my reply is always, that we forget the WHY of our business goals.
We lose sight of the bigger picture, the excitement and the meaning behind the desire, and instead we wallow in how hard it feels. Whenever we associate “pain” and discomfort with something that is good for us, we put ourselves on the course for giving up.
Sigmund Freud, the grandfather of modern-day psychology explained this with what he called “The Pain/Pleasure Principle.” That is, people make decisions based upon their emotions. People will generally choose whatever will create less pain and more pleasure.
Emotional mastery, therefore, requires the ability to associate “pleasure” with your important business goals. To stay motivated with your goals, you must associate good feelings with accomplishing them.
Here are some emotional mastery tips to stay motivated:
Acknowledge every win.
It’s easy to acknowledge the big wins, yet the majority of goal accomplishment is actually made up of “small wins” and daily forward motion. Remember to marinate in the good feelings of every little accomplishment as you move toward your goal.
Remember your “why”.
When defining your business goals, don’t just focus on what you want and when you want it. Focus on WHY you want it.
Why is this goal important to your business? What positive rewards come with achieving your goal?
And, if applicable, identify how your goal makes your business, and therefore, the world a better place.
Savor each moment.
Too often, as people accomplish goals, they set their sights too far off into the future. Yet there is a lot of enjoyment to experience along the way. As you are accomplishing your goal, savor each moment along that journey.
Experience the nooks and crannies. Breathe into the process as you would if you were enjoying a fine wine.
Instead of focusing on your mistakes, focus on what each experience has to teach you. Every mistake is actually a success in the form of a learning experience. I have personally never met a successful woman in business who didn’t mess up a time or two. Embrace these moments and learn the lessons that they have for you.
Create a Community.
Success in business requires a community of support. Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people with similar goals. Celebrate your progress together and share your wins and what you are learning with one another. Spend time together masterminding and supporting one another.
Business success includes trial and error. Track your progress, measure effectiveness and make the necessary shifts along the way.
Wishing You Much Success 2015 And Beyond!
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